Michael Brown Sr., father of Michael Brown Jr., whose death sparked riots in Ferguson, Mo., said he was disturbed and disgusted by the display of his son’s body in a Chicago exhibit designed to shame white privilege that opened last Friday.
“I would really really like them to take it down. I think it’s really disturbing and disgusting,” said Brown Sr. in a tearful interview with Fox 2 St. Louis.
The exhibit is called “Confronting Truth: Wake Up” and opened July 10th. According the interview, Brown Sr. had never even been contacted about the exhibit until it opened.
“Confronting Truth” was put together by Ti-Rock Moore, a New Orleans-based activist. The exhibit contains scenes of African-Americans in prison and chained in shackles and several American flags hung upside down.
Brown Sr. is still in mourning, and the imagery in the exhibit reminded him of the reality he faced in August of 2014.
“The feelings — I try to ball [them] up and put [them] to the side. I still have good days and bad days but that just brought the whole thing back to me,” said Brown Sr. about the exhibit.
The recreation of Brown’s death is a mannequin dressed in Brown’s clothing lying facedown in what’s supposed to be the streets of Ferguson, MO, where he was shot in August of 2014.
Moore said that the exhibit is supposed to represent white privilege in America and how it negatively affects the black community. The exhibit is free and runs for one month.
“I think they should’ve reached out to both sides of the family,” said Brown Sr. They should’ve reached out to me.”