SXSW Interactive 2016
Policing Protest From Stonewall to Ferguson
2 movements. 2 landmark stories of community uprising. We examine the impact of privilege, police militarization and the media on the effectiveness and response to the LGBT movement juxtaposed with #BlackLivesMatter. From the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a violent demonstration in response to police brutality, to legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, the LGBT movement was on a relative fast track. We explore the special sauce that led to this success. In Ferguson, Staten Island, Baltimore, etc etc etc, police actions were subject to accountability by a powerful hashtag and maybe a smartphone, but those demonstrations experienced a very different reception from media and legislators.
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Additional Supporting Materials
- The Stonewall riots were a launching pad for the LGBT movement. What were the circumstances and how did that anger become a successful campaign?
- How has the LGBT movement used social media tools to react to atrocities or calls to action? Are there differences between them and other movements?
- Because of new technology and new media, the public is now policing the police. Has this changed their relationship with disenfranchised communities?
Francella Chinchilla, Dir, The Raben Group