I saw this early this morning . . . and it put a smile on my face! Taken at a peaceful Portland OR rally, the photo (and underlying stories) got coverage on ABC News (TV) and The Oregonian newspaper/site.
The photographer, Johnny H. Nguyen, captured an image that gives me, as an African-American man, hope in the aftermath of the shooting of young black men/boys like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Tamir Rice – who was fatally shot in Ohio recently by a cop . . . while playing with a toy gun.
Can’t we all get along?
There is surely a place for protest, Peaceful Protest, in America. ALL lives matter. In this country, we are clearly not yet where we need to be on racial equality. Let’s keep ‘pressing towards the mark’. Having stubborn, simplistic images of young Black men or white police officers impedes our ability to keep pressing forward, right? For example, let’s hope for a nation with more cops like Sgt. Bret Barnum (Portland officer in photo) . . . and fewer like Darren Wilson; my gut tells me that would be a good thing to have.
I take great pride in the diversity of the people who follow this blog. I personally witnessed last August (in Virginia) an encounter very much like the one in the Portland photo above, but didn’t have a camera to capture it.
- Story in The Oregonian (link) where image above was found.
- Story about the 12-year old boy, Devonte Hart, in the photo (link)
I hope Devonte Hart’s story touches your heart as much as it did mine this morning. Grace, mercy, and peace to you.
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Photo credit: The Oregonian page in the link above