#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Teen's Death Sparks Media Image Debate - FOX 35 News Orlando

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Teen's Death Sparks Media Image Debate

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The death of a Missouri teenager has sparked an interesting social media debate about media representation. 

Eighteen-year-old Mike Brown was killed over the weekend when Ferguson (MO) Police say he reached for a gun in an alleged altercation with an officer.

While an investigation is still ongoing, there is also an ongoing debate taking place on social media about the images the media portrays of young black men who have been killed. Many people feel that the media is too eager to portray these young men as gangsters and thugs when many are students, professionals or in the military.

"What picture would you use, America," Quinton Jones asked in his tweet. "Where is the justice?"

Brown was set to start college on Monday.

The question of media representation led to the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown on Sunday. The hashtag includes contrasting pictures of the same individuals with the rhetorical question as to which one would be flashed across television screens and around the web.

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