I picked the depiction of the police offer bending down and talking to a small child because of the image’s portrayal of the stripping of the innocence of young black children. In this image, a police officer is kneeling down to talk to a very young black girl who is holding a sign that reads “how can a man love God and hate his brother.” In the background of the image, many other young children are being arrested and shuffled into a police car by another policeman. The officer asks the girl what she wants, and she tells him “f’eedom.” The writing in the bottom of the image reads “It was an embarrassment to the city.”
This page is powerful for many reasons. First of all, the image spans the entire page and the drawings of the two people are among the largest images of human beings in the entire book. The two figures are so attention-catching and central that it is difficult to see the other children being marched into police cars in the background of the image; I believe this is a symbol for how the media portrayed the events of the book. Additionally, it is eye-catching for the reason of how young the girl is. The white police officer is kneeling down to talk to her, and he is still taller than her. The image is also very jarring because of how much innocence the young girl has lost. The officer seems surprised that she is so aware of the injustices happening to her people at such a young age. She is not even old enough to be able to fully enunciate the word freedom, yet she already understands that she must fight for it. The two central figures are drawn in a way that immediately captures the reader’s attention; the loss of the innocence of young black children is loudly stated by the author of the image.