The page I have chosen to talk about is connected to a Childs place during these protests. We are given the context of the protest I regards to Jim Bevel, who left the SNCC and joined the SCLC, to “train Birminghams children.” ( Page 131 ). From Page 131-135, We are given the context for the pages I have chosen, which revolves around these young children who are protesting and then are arrested.
The pages I have chosen had greatly impacted me, while reading the comic, I took pages of these pages to keep for myself before I knew what the post for this week was.
With this being said, these two pages have left a long standing impact on me. Through the illustrations themselves, you are able to look at some things through a perceptive in your own, in your point of view. This is shown most specifically though the last row of opals, on page 134, which is in the middle panel. In this middle panel, you are able to almost perspective of being at the back of this police truck with these other children. It is hard for me now to imagine what this would be like, and I am 18 years old. Therefore, I cannot imagine the diminishing of these children’s innocence, it seems to take me directly back to the Raymond Santana talk, which completely shifted my perceptive on things.
However, my main focus of this post will be based off of the full page illustration on page 135, in this drawing we are shown a very young black girl talking face to face with a white, large, police officer.
In the word bubbles he is asking this young girl what she wants and she replies, F’eedom. Meaning Freedom. The contrast of this kills me, as this officer also has a confederate patch stricter onto his uniform.
I myself am afraid of police officers being a minority, which is why this page and pages has resonated with me so deeply. As you will also notice the last panel on the last page is this little girl, once again close up and personal with this police officer, and the fear on her face is clouded with fear.
With all of this being said, this brings me back to my personal experience and also the impact the Raymond Santana talk has had on me.