Thursday, December 4, 2014


Instead of voicing my opinion on the murders of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, I thought I would focus on another aspect- people who are doing their part to spread awareness and educate the masses. This problem has been going on for years, and is continuing to spiral out of control.

"GLOSSRAGS' premiere design bears the names of six black males murdered by police or "vigilante justice" citizens, beginning in 1955 with Emmett Till & pausing in 2012 with Jordan Davis. Since its April release, more have lost their lives at the hands of injustice."

Below is a description of what happened to each individual who is mentioned on the shirt.

Emmett TillFourteen-year-old Emmett Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, on August 24, 1955, when he reportedly flirted with a white cashier at a grocery store. Four days later, two white men kidnapped Till, beat him and shot him in the head. The men were tried for murder, but an all-white, male jury acquitted them. Till's murder and open casket funeral galvanized the emerging Civil Rights Movement. 

Amadou DialloThe Shooting of Amadou Diallo occurred on February 4, 1999, when Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea, was shot and killed by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, who fired a combined total of 41 shots, 19 of which struck Diallo, outside his apartment at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Soundview section of The Bronx. The four were part of the now-defunct Street Crimes Unit. All four officers were charged with second-degree murder and acquitted at trial in Albany, New York.
Diallo was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and a firestorm of controversy erupted subsequent to the event as the circumstances of the shooting prompted outrage both within and outside New York City

Sean BellThe Sean Bell shooting incident took place in the New York City borough of QueensNew YorkUnited States, on November 25, 2006... killing Sean Bell on the morning before his wedding, and severely wounding two of his friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman. The incident sparked fierce criticism of the police from some members of the public and drew comparisons to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo. Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting went to trial on charges of first and second-degree manslaughter, first and second-degree assault, and second-degree reckless endangerment, and were found not guilty.

Oscar GrantOscar Grant III was fatally shot by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009. Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco, BART Police officers detained Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and resisting arrest. Officer Mehserle stood and, according to his attorney, said: "Get back, I'm gonna Tase him." Then Mehserle drew his pistol and shot Grant once in the back. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, "You shot me!" Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
The incident was the basis of the critically acclaimed 2013 film Fruitvale Station.

Trayvon Martin: I'm sure you already know the story.

Jordan DavisThe shooting of Jordan Davis occurred on November 23, 2012, at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Jordan Russell Davis, a 17-year-old African American high school student, was fatally shot by Michael David Dunn, a 45-year-old software developer from Brevard County who was visiting the city for a wedding. The incident began when Dunn asked Davis and his companions to turn down the loud music that was being played in the vehicle in which Davis was a passenger. After the jury was unable to return a unanimous verdict on a charge of first-degree murder, the judge declared a mistrial on that count. Dunn was convicted, however, on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at three other teenagers who were with Davis and one count of firing into a vehicle. None of the other teenagers were injured.
Dunn faced up to 75 years in prison for the four counts on which he was already convicted. Dunn's retrial for first-degree murder began the week of September 22, 2014. He was found guilty October 1, 2014, and was sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole on October 17, 2014.

As you can see above, the shirt on the left has been updated to the one on the right. The list of names now include Eric Garner, Michael Brown,and Ezell Ford. All three of these black men were killed this year by police officers. 

Sadly, as the blog title suggests, the tragedy of black men being killed by white police officers (and wanabe officers) seems to be continuing. 

Just last month, unarmed Akai Gurley was also shot and killed by an NYPD officer.

When will this end?

Peace to Gloss Rags for this concept. Order your shirt or sweater HERE.


  1. i love these shirts! never forget their names...EVER!