Chances are, if you’re scrolling through your Instagram or Twitter feeds, you’ve probably seen Martin Baker’s image used in a number of popular memes. He’s the Black guy in glasses who is on the phone, looking like Mama Spike found out the light wasn’t paid this month. Seemingly by coincidence, the good folks of the Internet — specifically, Black Twitter — obtained an image and a meme was born with little to no context.
Well, it turns out Baker — whose identity was previously unknown — was one of 125 people who attended a rally weeks ago in support of the police officer, Darren Wilson who killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month, according to the Guardian.
The outlet spoke with Baker at the rally and reported:
While the crowds protesting in Ferguson have been predominantly African American, all but one of the demonstrators showing their support for Wilson were white. A stack of dark blue T-shirts, on sale for $7 and bearing a police-style badge stating: “Officer Darren Wilson – I stand by you,” quickly sold out.
One was bought by Martin Baker, a consultant and former Republican congressional primary candidate and the only black member of the crowd. “People are too quick to play the race card,” said Baker, 44, on widespread claims by black residents Ferguson residents that they are subjected to institutional racism by the city’s almost unanimously white authorities. “Lawlessness knows no color.”
Baker said the demonstrators in Ferguson “want to see more crime, they want to see things get disrespectful. And there are some of us who refuse to allow it to happen.” He accused Brown of having a “criminalistic bent” after a police report released on Friday alleged that he had stolen cigars from a convenience store minutes before he died.
What do you think Baker thinks about Black Twitter having so much fun with his image?
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