iconic racism

USA. Louisiana. Baton Rouge. July 9, 2016. Taking A Stand In Baton Rouge. Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. 

Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men.

“I had been covering events in Baton Rouge after the shooting of Alton Sterling by two white police officers. My editor called that morning to say there was a demonstration planned for midday outside the police station, so I went straight over. I could feel the frustration and anger in the crowd, but there was no atmosphere of violence. A group of protesters blocked one lane of the highway, and that prompted a response from police officers in full riot gear. They told protesters they could not be in the street, and that if they gathered instead in the park nearby they would not be arrested. After chasing them into the park, the police retreated and formed a line across the highway.

I turned around and saw a woman I now know to be Ms Ieshia Evans standing there. Someone shouted, “Don’t stand there, they’re arresting people in the street.” Instinct took over – I quickly got into position and just held down the shutter as she was arrested. It can only have lasted 10 to 15 seconds. I knew this was a strong image, but I never anticipated that it would go viral. I was proud to have created a photograph that resonated with the world, and to have sparked an international conversation about police brutality and race relations in America.

I think it’s the composition and duality of the photograph that moved so many people. You just see a woman in a sundress, the fabric blowing in the breeze, standing up to male officers in full riot gear. It looks like she is repelling them with her grace, courage and power. You read stories about the strength and humanity of certain individuals, and that day I witnessed it. Two weeks ago, I met Ms Evans for the first time. I felt like I had come to know this woman in my image without ever meeting her properly. We had some time to sit and talk and get to know each other. It’s nice because we’re fellow north-easterners, so we can talk about things like winter and traffic – not so much the issues, just normal life.”

Contemporary Issues, First Prize, Singles at the World Press Photo Contest.

Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

USA. Mississippi. Hernando. Summer of 1966. Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 after being shot. Meredith was leading the March Against Fear to encourage African Americans to vote when he was shot. He completed the march from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi, after his wounds were treated. 

This picture won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1967.

Photograph: Jack Thornell

USA. Massachusetts. Boston. April 5, 1976. “The Soiling of Old Glory”. Joseph Rakes, a white teenager, assaults a black man, lawyer and civil rights activist Ted Landsmark, with a flagpole bearing the American flag as Landsmark was on his way to a meeting in the courthouse.

The incident on Boston’s City Hall Plaza took no more than 15 seconds, Ted Landsmark recalls. He was set upon and punched; someone swung an American flag at him; his attackers fled; he glanced down at his suit. “I realised I was covered with blood, and at that moment I understood that something quite significant had happened.

It was taken during one in a series of protests against court-ordered desegregation busing. It ran on the front page of the Boston Herald American the next day, and also appeared in several newspapers across the country. It immediately became an iconic picture epitomising racial tensions in Boston at the time. It was coincidently taken the year of the United States Bicentennial as well.

The photograph won Forman his second consecutive Pulitzer Prize in 1977. “I don’t want to say I was lucky to get it, because I knew what I was doing,” he says. “But I was lucky to get it.”

Photograph: Stanley Forman for the Boston Herald American

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Donald Trump And George Wallace: Riding The Rage
Fueled by voter anger at a changing America, 50 years ago a pugnacious governor from Alabama made a lot of waves and got a lot of votes. Today, a New York billionaire is walking a similar path.

George Wallace, America’s Icon of southern racism. Young folks may not know this piece of scum also ran for president.

Wallace’s motto:  “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. And segregation forever.”

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I've noticed tumblr can't get a strong grip on overwatch because every time some form of drama starts it only lasts a month before quietly dieing. Plus blizzard was very smart about its representation and so tumblr can't find anything wrong

Oh I’m sure they’ve been trying.

Mostly it’s just been relegated to fan content and their own interpretation.

“Whitewashing” Lucio

Skinnier Mei is “Fatphobia”

People think that because Reaper is Hispanic that automatically excuses any of the shit he does.

All the girls are “lesbian” despite no evidence at best and contradictory at worst because Widowmaker had a husband before she got brainwashed.

Most hilariously being Zarya being their own personal tumblr icon despite her massive racism.