A billboard will soon go up in Ferguson, Mo., which some say shows the continued racial tensions in the area since the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown back in August.
Protesters have been active across the country since Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown, and social media have certainly played an important role. Those who have actively stood on the side of Brown and his family started an Internet campaign by using #HandsUpDontShoot on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag was created after witnesses to the teen’s death said he put his hands in the air, as if to surrender, prior to being shot by Wilson.
Those on the other side, however, believe that Wilson acted in self-defense and have criticized Brown’s actions leading up to his death. In a recent display of aversion to pro-Brown activists, an IndieGoGo campaign was launched to fund a billboard that is to be featured in Ferguson with a play on the HandsUpDontShoot hashtag – #PantsUpDontLoot.
So far, the organizers of the billboard campaign are choosing to remain anonymous, and they have yet to disclose the exact location of the sign. Their campaign description says that if they reach their $3,000 goal but are unable to secure a contract for the proposed billboard, they plan to return all of the money they collect in the campaign.
As of Nov. 14, the project has been fully funded, although it’s not clear if the organizers were able to get a contract for the billboard yet.