Why This Photograph Will Make History For #BlackLivesMatter

On Sunday, protesters were arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a black man was killed by police last Tuesday.

In an atmosphere of heightened racial tension, so many things could go wrong. A member of the police force had his teeth knocked out, 102 people were reportedly arrested and many guns were seized. Is there any end to the violence? How can we go forward and reform the way things are done, and right the injustices that have happened?

In the midst of all this, one photograph stood out. It was taken by Jonathan Bachman, and shows heavily armored police approaching a woman in a maxi dress.

The stark contrast between their attitudes has made this photograph go viral. Shaun King, a senior justice reporter for the New York Daily News newspaper, shared it with his half a million followers.

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The anonymous woman has been praised for her grace, she looks to be the epitome of a peaceful protest. She’s not armored, she is simply standing in defiance. Even her dress is waving peacefully in the breeze. Others have criticized the photograph for instigating more hate, and providing a false narrative of the events. However, most people agree this photo is a great depiction of the attitudes of many of the people protesting, and they want it to be included in our history books. They want change.

Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge on the 5th July. Video emerged showing two police officer shooting him at point-blank range. They claim a report was made that a man dressed in red and selling CDs used a gun to threaten someone outside a convenience store. The death was filmed. A GoFundMe page for his children has exceeded $648,000, and the protests come in the wake of a lot of discord.

Reporting from the scene came fairly instantly thanks to Twitter:

What are your thoughts on the photograph? Do you think it is a history defining snap? Share your thoughts on the situation with us.

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