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Warner Bros., Leave Mike Brown Alone

It is safe to say that everybody knows who Mike Brown is. Former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Brown nearly three years ago. Wilson lost his job. However, he was not found guilty of police misconduct and was exonerated of all criminal wrongdoing.

Things just continue to get worse.

There have been reports saying Warner Bros is working on bringing the tragic incident to the big screen. The movie is stated to be based on Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden’s 2016 memoir, Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown.

Now Warner, do you really think this is a good idea? Because I certainly do not.

No one asked  for this. We did not ask for a Mike Brown movie – especially one focused on his murder. We don’t need any more stories on the big screen that normalize killing black people.

There are people out there who believe this movie is a good idea because society needs it to invoke change. They couldn’t be more wrong. There’s been countless of REAL videos showing us in real time what cops are capable of doing and they still turn the other cheek.

So, if real events haven’t invoked us all to see there needs to be something done, what makes you think that a movie is going to accomplish that? If Fruitvale Station didn’t, how will this movie be any different?

The answer is it isn’t.

Warner Bros. should be ashamed of themselves. What is this movie going to do, spread awareness? We already know what’s going on in this world and we don’t need to relive this horrific event in HD with surround sound. I don’t care if his family did sign off on it. This is just a way for Hollywood to profit off his murder.

You want to do something nice WB? How about you make a charitable donation to the family instead of exploiting their son for profit. Or how about fighting to get justice for him. That sounds like a better idea than watching an unarmed black man get killed unjustly on the big screen.

We don’t want this movie. We want justice. It’s a movie none of us should support.

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About Shekera Clarke

My name is Shekera Clarke. I am currently a senior at the University at Albany majoring in journalism with a business minor. I grew up in Queens, NY. QGTM! My goals upon graduating include either writing for a pop culture magazine/blog or work for ESPN because of my love for sports - whether that's behind the scenes or on air.

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