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      “The Problem We All -Still- Live With”. I designed this tribute to Trayvon Martin today. I was trying to fathom George Zimmerman’s acquittal of the Trayvon Martin murder. I recalled the image of The State juxtaposed with a figure who represented black innocence. The painting I recalled was Norman Rockwell’s famous civil rights painting “The Problem We All Live With”. Rockwell’s painting shows Deputy US Marshals escorting a little black girl to school, amid the white protests against school desegregation. The painter shows the interjection of the American government with the four US Marshals depicted surrounding the little girl. It’s an uplifting piece. I associate this with the desegregation debacle of 1957’s Crisis at Little Rock’s Central High and the famous “Little Rock 9”. Growing up in Arkansas, that history wasn’t overlooked. My skewing of the picture reverses the original intention; instead of ushering an innocent child to school, George Zimmerman is shown with Death’s scythe on the right and all are lead by Florida and the Stand Your Ground law with its pocketed note of “not guilty” as the hooded child is lead to her death (illustrated by Zimmerman behind her). In a final reference to Trayvon Martin, she is holding a bag of skittles among her school books. In a world where laws exist that allow men to fatally shoot adolescents with no consequences, is this a sign of the new world we inhabit or is it hopefully just an outlier that encourages us to continue evolving?

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      and yet even here in the comments to this beautiful collection of images (full disclosure, that’s me in Arkansas 2nd from the left in pink), we still have trolls who take it upon themselves to single hand-idly refute the Supreme Court and governments from coast to coast. Marriage isacivil right (and it has been since 1967 in the Loving v. Virginia case- ever read it?). Words do have meaning; that’s why we’re pushing to have our relationships valued as much, under the law, as any other marriage.

    • brandonhopeb

      and yet even here in the comments to this beautiful collection of images (full disclosure, that’s me in Arkansas 2nd from the left in pink), we still have trolls who take it upon themselves to single hand-idly refute the Supreme Court and governments from coast to coast. Marriage isacivil right (and it has been since 1967 in the Loving v. Virginia case- ever read it?). Words do have meaning; that’s why we’re pushing to have our relationships valued as much, under the law, as any other marriage.