After hearing about “we are all Khaled said” movement today i looked more into what happened. After learning that this movement was a response for the death of Khaled due to police brutality. I immediately remembered the L.A Riots of 1992. Both events were caused by people reacting to police brutality. But the protests themselves are very different from each other. One difference between the two in which I see that makes a huge impact is social media. Looking at the Khaled case, the facebook page had a huge impact spreading awareness across the country of what happened. So people supported the movement even if they weren’t protesting. Why do I think this was a huge impact? Looking back at the L.A riots of 1992 the only way for people outside the area to learn of whats happening must go through the media (i.e. The news). And as we learned in class how the news distorted the protests to make it look violent and put it on the people who were protesting not really addressing the police brutality issue. I think for this reason social media is a really important tool of awareness because you hear the problems from actual people rather than a distorted version created by other media sources.

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3 responses »

  1. zainjazara says:

    Thanks for drawing this parallel! Police brutality is a huge issue in MANY countries. A couple of examples:

    1) In 2014, Jordanian police beat a 19 year old to death for the possession of marijuana. I can’t seem to find a link, and that’s probably because the Jordanian government is great at removing info it doesn’t want you to find.

    2) In 2013, the Laotian police abducted a prominent social activist at a police checkpoint. He was never seen again and is largely believed to have been killed: https://www.hrw.org/news/2013/06/14/laos-end-cover-activists-disappearance

  2. meganf says:

    This is a really interesting connection that I hadn’t thought about. It truly is crazy how big of a difference social media has made in how we interact with news. But one thing still remains true- you should always be wary of what you’re reading/watching!! Whether it be on social media or the news.

  3. gabrielledas says:

    Looking at the LA riots in comparison to the We are All Khaled Said, I think the latter movement has learned from the LA Riots that physically protesting can easily be misconstrued the the messages it is meant to propagate are easily covered up by images of “violence” and “civil misconduct”. In this way, We Are All Khaled Said, works as a virtual protest to show civilians outrage at their country’s police brutality without having to be “interpreted” to the public by a media source.

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