10 Powerful Minimalist Pictures That Beautifully Challenge Police Brutality in America

10 Powerful Minimalist Pictures That Beautifully Challenge Police Brutality in America
Source: Shirin Barghi
Source: Shirin Barghi

Michael Brown's shooting death at the hands of a Missouri police officer has sparked national outrage and think pieces galore, but at the heart of it all, it's important to remember that Brown was not just a symbol for racial injustice in America — he was also a human being. Even in the fierce debate and media firestorm that has surrounded Brown's death, we must keep Brown's humanity in perspective.

To that end, journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today's America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled "Last Words," the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.

"I created these images to raise awareness about racist police violence in America and as an expression of solidarity," Barghi wrote on her Twitter.

The powerful images below speak for themselves — and as the nation figures out a way to heal from this event and ask hard questions about how we can better ourselves as a society, let us not forget the voices of the very people who lost their lives in the process.

Image Credit (all): Shirin Barghi


1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

Updated August 19, 2014 with modified images.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Eileen Shim

Eileen is a writer living in New York. She studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University, and enjoys writing about the intersection of culture and politics.

MORE FROM

Why Halle Berry believes her Oscar win "meant nothing" to diversity in Hollywood

Here is how the actress is getting involved to bring more diversity to Hollywood.

The 'Pretty Little Liars' series finale tackled fertility and it was the realest the show ever got

British evil twin aside, the 'Pretty Little Liars' finale dealt with a serious issue in a sober way.

'Baby Driver' reviews: Critics are in love with Edgar Wright's latest high-octane film

'Baby Driver' is being called one of the summer's best films.

'America's Got Talent' contestant Johnny Manuel dominates Whitney Houston ballad

The Flint, Michigan, native missed a shot at a music career in his teens. Now he wants a second chance.

How much money does the winner of 'Big Brother' season 19 get?

After battling it out all summer, the winner of 'Big Brother' gets a big payout.

'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke filmed more in Belfast. What does that mean for Daenerys?

Many of the series' interior shots are filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast.

Why Halle Berry believes her Oscar win "meant nothing" to diversity in Hollywood

Here is how the actress is getting involved to bring more diversity to Hollywood.

The 'Pretty Little Liars' series finale tackled fertility and it was the realest the show ever got

British evil twin aside, the 'Pretty Little Liars' finale dealt with a serious issue in a sober way.

'Baby Driver' reviews: Critics are in love with Edgar Wright's latest high-octane film

'Baby Driver' is being called one of the summer's best films.

'America's Got Talent' contestant Johnny Manuel dominates Whitney Houston ballad

The Flint, Michigan, native missed a shot at a music career in his teens. Now he wants a second chance.

How much money does the winner of 'Big Brother' season 19 get?

After battling it out all summer, the winner of 'Big Brother' gets a big payout.

'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke filmed more in Belfast. What does that mean for Daenerys?

Many of the series' interior shots are filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast.