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October 14, 2014

Mashup of the Day: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

Maybe it’s relevant for drawing together the two biggest visual stories in the news stream right now — both involving blacks at risk.

Maybe it’s significant for the fact that the gesture from Ferguson is actually embedding itself into the American psyche.

Maybe it’s a reflection of Ebola-mania and the way the American news consumer (here, via Reuters’ exaggeratedly named “Ebola global spread” slideshow) is being shot full of fear over the idea such a disease could somehow overwhelm the U.S.

(photo: Jim Young/Reuters. caption: A worker in hazardous material suit is sprayed down by a co-worker after coming out of an apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in Dallas, Texas, October 5, 2014.)

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