Hands Up Don't Shoot is a literary feature exploring what it means to be black in America.
The concept for the feature stemmed from outrage towards America's state-sanctioned violence and systemic racism, institutions that defy any claim that this country is “post-racial”. The injustice of Michael Brown's death, along with the deaths of hundreds of other black children who were killed for the color of their skin, has been tragically normalized in our society. However, protests taking place all over the world reflect a demand for change.
Hands Up Don’t Shoot exclusively featured black writers and artists navigating the reality of existing within the American state.
Hands Up Don't Shoot was released on February 5, 2015, in honor of Trayvon Martin's birthday.