Just in case you aren’t aware, J. Cole released a new song as a tribute to Michael Brown (the teen extrajudicially executed by Ferguson police earlier this week) entitled “Be Free”.
Ideally, this is a kindhearted gesture that gives visibility to the racism and injustice behind the murder.
The only issue is he used an actual photo of Michael’s dead body laid across the street as the cover of the song, which goes directly against the family’s wishes not to have such images of Michael circulating on the internet.
Regardless of his intentions, this proves disrespectful to the Brown family, who are still in the very early stages of grieving and should not be triggered by these images. If he receives enough opposition, it’ll greatly increase the likelihood of him changing the cover photo.