Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Quote of the day -- on Ferguson, Missouri, Racism and Freedom of the Press in Today's America
I saw two things last evening on the awful Ferguson, Missouri situation this past week. This is the first:
Then, from Facebook, FB friend and Kansas City photographer Roy Inman wrote this, on a completely different thread:
A person can be DETAINED for up to 24 hours without charges in most jurisdictions. It is a typical law enforcement technique: Using intimidation to discourage the truth being told. In my 60 years of knocking around the news photography trails I have observed that whenever someone does not want photos taken that person has something to hide. There are no exceptions. You see, dear fb friends, The Camera is a wicked tool, a device abhorred by dictators, would-be controllers of society. It can be brutally honest, totally revealing, unflinching. It can show the grotesque, blood-dripping raw fangs of oppressors in a way that mere words never can. Although in some corners of the Earth writers are put to death or imprisoned for what comes from their pen. Let’s face it: NONE of us likes to hear the truth about ourselves. If the truth is revealed about those in power, with the most guns, things can get nasty quickly.
Trust me. #chicagopoliceriot1968