Image by BBC worth sharing: I choose the grave over modern slavery, defiant young African-American seems to say!

July 11, 2016


Baton Rouge killing: Black Lives Matter protest photo hailed as ‘legendary’ – Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

police brutality be damned


Jonathan Bachman’s image from Baton Rouge has been widely shared on social media


Protests have continued in the United States, after violent incidents involving African American people and the police last week.

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

In an atmosphere of heightened racial tension, and amid growing debate over the seemingmilitarisation of American police, one photo has stood out.

It was taken by Jonathan Bachman, a New Orleans-based photographer who has been working for Reuters in the past few days.

The image shows a young woman in a dress standing calmly in front of two police officers wearing layers of armour, and appearing to approach her in a hurry.

Do you know the woman in the photograph standing in front of two policemen? If you do, please email


MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016. 2:19 p.m. [GMT]




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2 Comments on “Image by BBC worth sharing: I choose the grave over modern slavery, defiant young African-American seems to say!”

  1. Timothy Otunla Says:

    The BBC and a few LIBERAL British media houses are equally part of reinforcing the psychology of association which facilitates placing lower worth on anything labelled BLACK … The so called BLACKMAN in the USA, hunted down and shot as game by security agencies as our first representative in the White House looks on helpless.

    Black, far from being beautiful is and remains the color that signals FAILURE to find a POPE, the color of dirt,death,etc. When placed against the color WHITE even our cultural value system tramples on it , throws it away. YET THE “SKINNED” PEOPLE /OYINBO) ,as in an abbatoir or butchers, have cleverly seized for their use colour WHITE when truly they are SHRIMP PINK … BEST TO AVOID COLOUR CODING IN HUMAN RELATIONS. I AM AN AFRICAN. A NIGERIAN. A YORUBA!

    Of late the BBC World Service TV, promoting its DOCUMENTARY series, and using examples from all races unthinkingly insensitively, selects the AFRICAN/BLACK as the one WHO CRASHES OUT and can’t cope with challenges ???? … Racism in strange places!! tao

    Sent from my iPad




    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Ẹgbọn,

      I’ve never understood how the colors ‘black'(people of African descent); ‘red'(indigenous American people); ‘yellow’ (Chinese) … were allowed to stick by peoples so designated by ‘whites’, people my late mother really believed were another type of àfín – albinos! Worse is ‘colored’, a word that excludes ‘whites’ even though all humans have their different colors.

      Do not blame the Beeb because most Western institutions and their people take about the same stand, including some whose closeness to you and the way they come across in dealings may be taken for someone who has been freed of the superiority complex.

      Indeed, racism in strange places … more like in all places about which, your (mine, too) country, Nigeria, carries a lot of blame for failing the black race. The whites – “colorless” – have always found people to be racist towards but once those people emancipated themselves – so to speak – from being ‘down there’ while the Colorless start respecting them.

      It was embarrassing seeing the extent of BEGGING America put out at city level to atone for a policeman slamming an Alhaji from a Gulf country Emirate believing he was a terrorist recently.

      Where – economically and politially – is Malaysia now, a bigger and more prosperous country than Singapore that it discriminated against (the small city that would become a city-state), and hounded it out of a union of two countries they were?

      Late First Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew’s words when he looked at the horizon and saw what he willed his little country had become before he left ruling is an eye-opener to how being looked down upon as not meriting respect can change. In two books, LKY tells his own story – “The Singapore Story” – and the miracle he willed for Singapore – “From Third World to First …”.

      Here are excerpts that should touch the soul of any African, majority of whom live under kleptocracy:

      “The world does not owe us a living. We cannot live by the begging bowl”;

      In the Preface to Third to First, he announced to the world, “Our climb from a per capita GDP of US$400 in 1959 (when I took office as Prime Minister) to more than US12,200 in 1990 (when I stepped down) and US$22,000 in 1999 … In material terms, we have left behind our Third World problems of poverty.

      Who would dare look down on a Singaporean today? Would a young Malaysian in elementary school today believe that his country people once looked down on Singaporeans?

      I think Nigeria carry a lot of the blames for much of the pains of peoples of African descent everywhere.

      Sincere regards, Sir.




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