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Notes Photo January 19, 2016

MLK: March 25, 1965

What makes the MLK photo seem so immediate and contemporary is how much it feels like a selfie. For a news photo, it’s unusually intimate even now.

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Notes Photo November 25, 2015

That Photo of the Officer at the Laquan McDonald Protest Last Night

Ultimately, what’s significant about the photo is its S&M vibe.

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Notes Photo November 19, 2015

Who’s French Now? The Most Political, and Poignant Aftermath Photos from the Paris Attack.

If the attack changed the way France sees its Muslims, its foreign born and even non-whites, how did that inform the immediate imagery?

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Notes Photo September 28, 2015

The Pope’s US Trip as it Touched on Race

Although the Pope typically addresses injustice in the context of class, his concern over racial strife was implicit in those key quotations from MLK.

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Notes Photo September 22, 2015

What Lesson Suspending Kids for Wearing Confederate Flag?

Does the suspension of Christiansburg, Virginia teenagers actually undermine academic discipline and miss a perfect teaching moment?

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Notes Photo September 11, 2015

On 9/11: A New Ground Zero Photo. Five Kids on Bikes.

This remarkable photo, taken 9/12/01, is even more interesting appearing in a year wracked by racial protest and the emergence of #blacklivesmatter.

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Notes Photo September 8, 2015

Climb Every Mountain, Ford Every Stream: Beyond the Humanitarian Response to the Great Migration

If humanitarian fervor and photos of the migrant crisis dominated last week like nothing else, this largely invisible image served cleverly, if silently, as a counterpoint.

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Notes Photo August 11, 2015

When Different Wire Photos on Same Story Address Different Racial Audiences: “Go Set a Watchman”

Who, between these photos, is invited to see themselves as Watchman’s audience?

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Notes Photo August 10, 2015

On the Photo Coverage of the One Year Anniversary of the Ferguson Crisis and the Death of Michael Brown

I was looking and hoping for imagery that got underneath the more stereotyped depiction of violence, anger and despair.

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Notes Photo August 4, 2015

Killer Cop Arraigned in Cincinnati (Confused by How Much Social Media Thrives on Shame)

One thing the shaming obscures is the extreme moral contrast between Tensing and the cops.

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Notes Photo July 29, 2015

Classic Misdirection: The State’s Sanctimonious Sandra Bland Jail Video Play-by-Play

If what we're presumed to have now is full visual disclosure, I'd say the state has an even bigger credibility problem on its hands than it had before.

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Notes Photo July 20, 2015

Good Cop, Bad KKKOP

"White racists aren't racist because they hate blacks; they're racist because they don't know who they are without blacks."

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Notes Photo July 9, 2015

The Last Chapter of S. Carolina's Confederate Flag Debate

These photos stood out to me as being particularly symbolic in still another historic week for human rights.

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Notes Photo June 29, 2015

Amazing Grace: Key Scenes From Obama to Newsome, ACA to Pride

And with the funerals and the dignity emanating from Charleston in the aftermath of the racist church massacre in Charleston, what with Obama's sermon, Bree Newsome and the two momentous Supreme Court decisions, by the weekend, it was like "ACA Meets Pride Meets Black Lives Matter."

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Notes Photo June 26, 2015

That Less Circulated Statehouse Photo Honoring Clementa Pinckney

As we witness Pinckney’s colleagues grieving for him in session, we feel for him, too, as a member.

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Notes Photo June 19, 2015

Front Pages That DIDN'T Turn the Charleston Shooter into a Poster Boy

We could stand for more recognition of those papers that largely ignored the perpetrator in favor of elevating the victims and affirming existing bonds.

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Notes Photo June 18, 2015

Charleston: For My Soul Is Full of Troubles

Time and time again, the psalmist asks God a simple but difficult question: Why?

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Notes Photo June 9, 2015

The Screen Shot to Consider BEFORE the Cop in McKinney Pulled his Gun on Black Teenagers

Perhaps it starts with questions like: who and where are the adults?

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