A lot of Faces Of Death was staged or re-enacted and it was really pretty unpleasant to watch but we watched anyway because no one in 7th grade wants to seem like a sissy, at least back then. Now been a sissy/fairy/queer is apparently the only way to be cool in school. The reason this movie came back to mind today was the all too frequent photos of killers we see from the media on a daily basis.
This picture popped up on our local news.
|L to R: Rodreice Anderson, Cameron Banks, Desmond Banks, Lasean Watkins|
They are far from alone.
The final arrest was made in the murder of Tessa Majors. The killers of Tessa were three very young black kids, 14 year old Luchiano Lewis, 14 year old Rashaun Weaver and 13 year old Zyairr Davis. There doesn't appear to be a picture available of Davis but the other two are shown heading to court.
The faces of death in America are all too predictable: a teen or 20-something black male who as often as not already has an extensive criminal past and used an illegal gun, staring at the camera in his arrest photo without an ounce of shame or remorse.
The longer we pretend that the real problem in America is "racism" and "sentencing disparity" rather than a community that has lost all pretense of control over their young men, the names will change but the faces in the media glowering in their mugshots will remain the same.