Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Oh the irony

Over on CyberKitten's blog he has a picture of a seagull on a "no birds" sign. This made me think of a photo I showed to my class today. What are the chances of a cop holding a sign reading, "no more police brutality," while another cop is brutalizing a 6 year old child, and then, that someone will get the shot with all the elements in the frame at that exact moment?

This photo was taken by Matt Herron in 1965, in Jackson, Mississippi. The 6 year old boy was holding an American flag as part of a Civil Rights demonstration. When his mother saw the cop grab the flag, she told her son, "don't let that man take your flag," so the boy held on, was yanked up off the ground, and then fell to the ground. Stunning how people can behave.


OldLady Of The Hills said...

And what has really changed?
Nothing! Here it is 2014---almost 2015...and the Police are still reacting to race--with Violence, as in St. Louis.
50 years and the killing continues.
The day I will know things have really changed is when a young or old black man can go out of his home and not be afraid that he might be assaulted by the Police just because of the color of his skin.

Look up Wendell Pierce, who appeared on on Bill Maher's HBO series recently and told it like it is......
There is a real lesson in how things have not changed!

CyberKitten said...

He probably saw what was about to happen and started taking shots. I'd be surprised if that was the only picture he took of that scene. I'd guess more like 20+ with that being the best one.

It is indeed sad how little has changed Naomi. You have to wonder sometimes if things *can* change for the better....

Vancouver Voyeur said...

We're covering the Civil Rights Movement in class now, and also discussing events that are happening today. I am glad that so many students are furious about racism, and ashamed that one is not, and a few others remain silent on their points of view, which makes me wonder.