Hashtag #beforeyouwatch Encourages and Unites People Across Social Media

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The hashtag #beforeyouwatch is being used to encourage and uplift people who watch the graphic video of Laquan McDonald's shooting death.

In response to the graphic video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot to death by police officer Jason Van Dyke, The Black Youth Project 100 has kick-started a hashtag.

People across social media platforms are using the hashtag, #beforeyouwatch this to encourage and strengthen others who watch the six minute dashcam footage.

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Poet and co-chair of BYP100 Chicago Chapter, Malcolm London shared a powerful message on Twitter saying this:

"Before you watch this, I want you to know you are loved. And no matter what is on this video, your life matters,” he said.

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“Before you watch this, people will tell you to be calm in your righteous anger. And I say in the words of Frederick Douglas, the only thing worse than a rebellion, is the reason for it."

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