Michael Brown Exhibit Creates Controversy

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A life-size depiction of the Michael Brown crime scene following his death is at the center of a new Chicago art exhibit.

The controversial piece, has many upset. It  features  a life-like portrayal of Brown as he lay face down after being shot fatally by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri last year. Brown died on August 9, but Wilson was not charged.

Also featured in the exhibit is an African American statue of liberty and a noose dangling from a neon sign.

“I Can’t Breath” reads a plaque hanging over the display, referencing the death of Eric Garner earlier this year.

As you may recall, Garner uttered these words just before officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in what has been described as a “chokehold” for about 15 to 19 seconds. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office attributed Garner’s death to a combination of a chokehold, compression of his chest, and poor health.

As for the artist behind the exhibit, according to station Fox2now (St. Louis), she is an unnamed New Orleans-based white female “…whose hope is that her piece will showcase the true cost of white privilege and and how it negatively affects the Black community in America.”

As you can imagine, the art piece has received it’s fair share of backlash. “I’m beginning to be ashamed to be an American.” wrote one Facebook user. “When are they opening the exhibit of him (Brown) robbing the store owner and assaulting Darren Wilson?” wrote another. “

Despite the backlash, it appears that the exhibit, pictured above, will run through August 10th. What are your thoughts on the piece? Sound off in the comment section below.

 

Glass Ledge Cracks Under Tourist Feet

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CHICAGO (AP) — fficials at Chicago’s Willis Tower say the popular tourist attraction is safe, even though a glass ledge jutting from the building’s 103rd floor appeared to crack beneath the feet of a visiting family.O

The see-through glass bays are known as The Ledge and extend about four feet from the building, which was once called the Sears Tower.

 A tourist checking out the Willis Tower’s glass “Ledge,” which allows folks to walk into glass boxes to see the city from 1,340 feet above the ground, got a scare this week when the Ledge cracked beneath him. Officials say the family wasn’t in danger when the cracks appeared Wednesday on a glass enclosure.

In a statement Thursday, Willis Tower says a protective coating covering the glass surface cracked, not the glass itself. They say the cracks don’t affect the “structural integrity” of the ledge, which is designed to occasionally crack.

The ledges have proven to be a popular — if a frightening — experience since they opened in 2009.