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Michael Brown Jr. was mur­dered. The cir­cum­stances that led for­mer Fer­gu­son po­lice of­fi­cer Dar­ren Wil­son to fire mul­ti­ple bul­lets into the 18-year-old are ir­rel­e­vant. Yet the me­dia dab­bled in that gray area, con­tin­u­ally ques­tion­ing what crime Brown com­mit­ted that made his life worth ex­tin­guish­ing. For artist Alexan­dra Bell, Brown’s un­rea­son­able and un­nec­es­sary death is the only thing that mat­ters. Her guer­rilla project “Counternarratives”—cur­rently erected in Crown Heights and Bed­ford-stuyvesant, two neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Brook­lyn—reimag­ines the New York Times’s con­tro­ver­sial Au­gust 24, 2014, front-page story that deemed Brown “no an­gel.” One pro­jected im­age shows Brown dressed for his high school grad­u­a­tion with the head­line “A Teenager with Prom­ise.” The other blacked-out news­pa­per im­age reads, “Of­fi­cer Dar­ren Wil­son fa­tally shot an un­armed black teenager named Michael Brown.” That’s all that mat­ters. Black teenagers shouldn’t have to prove they’re hu­man enough to live, and Bell’s project cap­tures that pow­er­ful truth.

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