26 May 2008

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, 1986

Without context, this just looks like a mother and son whose life probably sucks. I have several pictures of this family at different stages of a very bad week. What's wrong with this picture, and what does it have to do with anything? Scroll down for your prize.

  • 2 days prior
  • sister
  • daughter
  • 9-years old
  • Playing outdoors
  • turfwar
  • rival gangs
  • Crack dealers
  • shootout
  • automatic weapons
  • 9mm
  • one stray bullet
  • out of many
  • in her back
  • sucking chest wound
  • death
  • pointless
  • brother
  • mother
  • poverty
  • social justice
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
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    maud said...

    Words like sad or tragic doesn't even begin to cover it. I HOPE they are in a better situation and place now.

    Hillbilly said...

    Me too, but... the deliberate refusal to address poverty and civil rights doesn't give e much hope.

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