Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them: The truth behind the epidemic of police brutality

In my infographic, I wanted to shed light on the growing issue of police brutality. I used my data points to try and illustrate the ever-increasing frequency of police brutality on various groups of people. I start out with more general statistics referring to mixed groups of people. Towards the bottom of my infographic, I focus in on how brutality affects various groups of people. I chose to start with the statistic regarding what police have reported seeing as an attention grabber that shows how the issue is so prevalent now that even Police Officers are reporting it. I also chose the statistic about how often lives are taken by police as an attempt to emotionally engage my reader early on in the presentation. This fact will touch everybody because it is not specific to a type of person or a particular group. When police officers are killing every seven hours, everybody is at risk. That fact paired with the fact that 1 in every 4 people killed were unarmed creates a sense of urgency to solve the growing issue. I aimed to make it as digestible as possible for people despite their personal opinions before reading it. My plan in organizing the statistics was to start with the obvious and indisputable general facts and slowly filter into a more focused and group-specific facts regarding the true racism inherent in police brutality.

My biggest fear in sharing this story was the concern of how white people would react to issues of racism. I was concerned it would not garner the right attention or understanding because of the inherent desire of white people to ignore racism, or as Robin DiAngelo put it, “exempting ourselves from the unavoidable dynamics of racism.” I wanted to make sure the message was hitting everyone and opening up the conversation of how to solve this growing issue. Put best by Robin DiAngelo in his piece entitled ‘White Fragility,’ I wanted people to “let go of your individual narrative and grapple with the collective messages we all receive as members of a larger shared culture.” I believe once everyone is genuinely aware of how widespread this problem is they will be forced to do things to stop it. I hope this infographic is a step in that direction.

I wanted my composition to be clear and to the point, easy to follow, and bright without overshadowing the serious topic being discussed. I used a black background because I felt it looked sleek and clean and didn’t overpower the issue by being too bright or fun. I used the yellow detailing because it added a nice contrast without being too bright. The organizational pattern was meant to keep things simple so your eyes can easily track throughout the page. My goal was to make my infographic as user-friendly and as straightforward as possible. The topic of police brutality is a heavy one and not something everyone agrees on, so I wanted it to be easy for those who disagree to read and understand.

header picture: https://www.wordsinthebucket.com/police-brutality-prison-strikes-and-theater

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