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Despair and Hope

By mlseawell    
Today my country burns. From Raleigh North Carolina where I was born to Salt Lake City and beyond protest have erupted, triggered by another black man like myself killed with impunity by the police. The land was dry and acrid and the lighting arrived in the form of George Floyd being killed while video rolled and the world watched....enough.

As a man of color I see storms all around me. I see a country, my country which I served for 20 years in the military being looted. I see a lone weak figure in the white house stoking division and hatred. I see massive inequality as people struggle to survive and that was before COVID-19 arrived.

But today in Ogden, my place of residence hundreds gathered to support a call against racism organized by Black Lives Matter. I witnessed Latino/White/Black/Asian voices raised in support and a call to fight this disease we have never eradicated, indeed we can't seem to have that talk. But what pleased me most was the presence of the young, a new generation standing up and perhaps the baton was passed to them. I saw despair but hope came along and gave her a hug and perhaps whispered to her friend..."I got you, it will be all right."

Tags: Photo journalism Utah Hope Rally COVID-19 CoronaVirusTimes Ogden Protest

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The story must be told. Speak brother, speak.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
31 May 2020 7:18AM
It is, I think, impossible for a white man to understand the depth and extent of prejudice and unfairness properly. But what I do understand makes me ashamed of the part my ancestors played in making the world like this.

I grew up in an England where this was not an issue - at least where I lived - but it was a place where fairness, tolerance and kindness mattered, were core values. I have found myself in a world where so many people have failed to be the people they ought to be, who accept privilege as their right, rather than a platform from which to raise others up.

My heart goes out to all Americans who have lived with a society that says one thing but does another. All men were created equal. But some of them choose to be less than they should be, and sit behind their 'awesome weapons' and a barrage of Twitterhate.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
31 May 2020 7:54AM
Intolerance simmers just below the surface of every society, I hear visceral hatred expressed by people who wouldn't consider themselves prejudiced. But like John I cannot even imagine what it is like to be on the receiving end of real violence, verbal or physical.
Decent, honorable leadership would help...
A UA, because this is photography that matters, it's of its time.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
31 May 2020 8:09AM
Your photograph and commentary speak volumes. Mean-spirited, selfish, rapacious, narcissistic, dishonourable, wilfully ignorant and generally loathsome white men who withhold information, twist the truth and do their utmost to silence all opinion other than their own hold sway.

I support fully your standpoint and the opinions so ably expressed by the two previous commentators.
This is a powerful document of these times. It works at so many levels. A fine composition.
boov Plus
8 2 United Kingdom
31 May 2020 10:48AM
No more words needed
dimalexa 4 5 Greece
31 May 2020 10:54AM
History is constantly repeating itself. Sacrifices of people are still made without reason to keep things self-evident. And inequalities are growing. For all this to happen, there must be some who do not think like human beings, who are not human beings after all. And unfortunately, there are several such...
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
31 May 2020 2:56PM
Emotionally charged, my award.
31 May 2020 3:50PM
It's all been said. A simple image of immense power.
mlseawell 11 1 United States
1 Jun 2020 2:27AM
I just want to say a massive "Thank you!" for all the support I received with this post. I know we have only met online through our love of photography but it touches me so much. My wife is white, my kids (all grown) are biracial and my son is gay. Messages of support like what I received above give me confidence and more importantly....hope. People of color in America stare across a desert of broken promises and oppression but messages like this are akin to someone leaving water in the most unexpected of places..the heart who can know it?

Thank you all.

clicknimagine Plus
11 896 105 India
1 Jun 2020 2:05PM
Excellent photo journalism...

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