Unit 4 Post 2
Page 135 was centered around the Birmingham’s Children Crusade that took place on May 2, 1963. The series of pages before 135 contextualized the event, as kids from the city and surrounding areas took part in protesting for equal rights. As the panels and superimposed images suggest, the protest was highly chaotic with the opposition between the protestors and police; however, there was a sense of highly formulated planning by the protestors as “coded announcements” through black radio stations helped coordinate the event.
The image on 135 was especially moving for me, as I have often thought about children’s role in revolutions. Should kids be protected from the harshness of the real world and remain as innocent as possible for as long as they can, or, should they be exposed to violence and injustices at a young age to learn and understand their environment? From this panel, I finally understand the latter argument, as kids will be exposed to these acts of injustice and therefore should take part in protesting. The police asks the child what she wants, and the simplicity in her response reveals the fact that children can grasp the reality of the situation from such a young age. On her sign, the child holds the message “Can a man love God and hate his brother?” a message that haunts the air of protest and remains unanswered. The bolded word “embarrassment” reminds the reader that children are and should be a part of this, as it is their right to stand up for equality when their opposers have sunken to a level of disrespect.