Black Targets Matter, changes the face of shooting

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In case you missed your daily dose of dumb, here ya go.  To write to explain your art is fine, I understand that.  But this is far past such explanation, this is the art of shit posting.  Whats REALLY gonna be the nail in the coffin is when he figures out that in competitive shooting the whit targets are often classified as “no shoots”  and the brown targets are the ones you get scored on….The dumb is strong with this one, but hats off to you with your shit art.

The science behind #NoMoreBlackTargets, a movement headed for …

The science behind #NoMoreBlackTargets, a movement headed for shooting ranges.

Posted by UPROXX on Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bedford and Bowery writes-

No More Black Targets is a collective with a unique and specific objective: to eliminate the use of “human black targets” at shooting ranges, which are the black silhouettes on paper that shooters-in-training are taught to aim at. The group argues that this practice has led to an unconscious bias in firearm users, contributing to the grim statistic that “young black men are 3 times more likely to be shot by trained shooters than their white peers,” data that is supported by a University of Illinois study on trigger bias cited on the group’s website.

But how does art factor into this all? The No More Black Targets collective is largely comprised of artists and creators, who use these very black silhouette papers as foundational material, making art directly on top of it and transforming the very thing they see as a danger into something beautiful. Fresh off an installation at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, the group is bringing their work and ethos to a Lower East Side space for one night only.


Young black men are 3X more likely to be shot by trained shooters than their white peers. A disturbing potential correlation: The most popular target for shooters to learn to use their firearm is a black silhouette. Unconscious bias can be deadly.

An academic study published by University of Illinois researchers drew together findings from 42 different studies on trigger bias to examine whether race affects how likely a target is to be shot.

“What we found is that it does,” Mekawi told NPR’s Arun Rath, who covered the story.

“In our study we found two main things: First, people were quicker to shoot black targets with a gun, relative to white targets with a gun. And … people were more trigger-happy when shooting black targets compared to shooting white targets.”

That is, shooters weren’t just faster to fire at black targets; they were also more likely to fire at a black target. This petition seeks to eliminate the use of the most popular target for shooters to learn to use their firearm: a menacing black silhouette.

In shooting ranges, in permitting and instruction environments, anywhere someone is learning to use a firearm.

This petition is initiated by “No More Black Targets.”

No More Black Targets is a collective of artists, diverse in backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities, working in paint, digital media, patternmaking and also physical installations to bring new artwork to life. The collective stand for “More paint. Less hate.”

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