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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Hands Up Don't Shoot

 

Our Lady of Ferguson Icon by Mark Doox

Icons are written because they are stories. This story began in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, which was experiencing protests and riots, as reaction to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, by the police.  The protests sparked debates about the relationship between the police and Black Americans. 

The rallying cry was "Hands Up Don't Shoot."  The shout was accompanied with the hands in the upright position.  Think surrendering.  Think of a priest's orans position.

Mary's hands are up.

The baby in her womb has His hands up.  Also, the baby is in the crosshairs of a gun.

Mother and baby are black.

Meditate on that.


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