The automatic criminalization of black and brown bodies
I wasn’t sure of the theme for submission Sunday this week. It’s been so long since I’ve submitted an image. This is a small interlude to my last trip home to PA.. I always hang out with a close friend there.. and thankfully he always allows me to photograph him.. I wanted these to be intimate without being intimate.. I’m so glad I did these photos and I hope you enjoy as well.
Photos of friends together is really sweet to see. You guys created something really beautiful together and I’m happy you shared them with us. Your positioning is really warm and caring and I love how her long hair is falling off the side of the bed.
Like not once did she say “I want a prince to come and rescue me from my situation.”
She just wanted to look cute and turn the fuck up at the party.
You know what really gets to me, and I’m sure many know this, is the blatant abuse and betrayal that white photogs display in POC countries. Every time a photo has gotten famous like this photo did in history, the actual focus of the photo is left behind in the dust while the white photog is hailed as a hero for displaying the ills of that country. He didn’t even fucking ask her name. He didn’t ask for 17 years. The world knew nothing about her life and her story. He captured one moment that made him famous and she got nothing.
Every time I see this photo, I seethe.
“Names have power, so let us speak of hers. Her name is Sharbat Gula, and she is Pashtun" [x]