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February 2, 2012

Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Acceptance in One Photo


Race, gender, sexuality, and acceptance in one photo in the South. The life partner of a slain female police officer has her tears wiped away as she holds hands with her deceased partner’s sister.

You have to read the caption to understand the situation, but once you do, you get a glimpse of how real-life America has incorporated what the media feels is outside the norm.

CAPTION: Aiken Public Safety Officer Master Cpl. SANDRA ROGERS’ brother-in-law WADE JOHNSON salutes as CAROLYN NEAL wipes tears from Rogers’ life partner FRANCIS WILLIAMS face as she holds hands with Rogers’ sister JENNY JOHNSON, right, as taps is played during a burial service at Bethany cemetery.

— Karen Hull

(photo: Zach Boyden-Holmes via Sacramento Bee)

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