Happy 75th anniversary Golden Gate Bridge!
Photograph: Doug Atkins/AP
This is being shared by thousands on Facebook as one of the protests of the Trayvon Martin verdict. It’s actually a photo that was taken in 1987—this Guardian link is from May 2012—during a celebration of the bridge’s 50th anniversary.
An estimated 300,000 people attended that celebration.
San Francisco seems like a cool place and all, but it’s beyond me how people can think this case could elicit this type of response.
I know people are feeling fucked up and searching for some hope, but please exercise some critical thinking here, people. Please.
As a black dude who has on many occasions been blatantly discriminated against by law enforcement and store employees and various racist shitheads, the not guilty verdict creeps me out. But the spread of ridiculous misinformation also creeps me out—and it’s counterproductive to overestimate how much people care.
This post of ours had a massive and unexpected surge of traffic last night, and it was largely as a result of people fact-checking a questionable image, which is the best possible way people should approach a questionable photo. We could add further comment on this, but this guy’s already said most of what we’ve wanted to say.