“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an old cliche, but that doesn’t mean it’s not very true.
As protests continue across the US following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police, people think a picture from Cincinnati has come to resemble some of the glaring problems in American society.
Nick Swartsell, the news editor for City Beat, captured the image as he covered the protests in Cincinnati, Ohio.
It depicts a group of people walking to protest, while in the foreground a group of people dine outside at a restaurant. Although it’s just one moment in time and there’s no way of knowing what happened next, the group dining at the restaurant appears blissfully unaware of the protesters. Most of the diners are white.
On social media, people reacted very strongly to the image, with some saying it summed up the “two Americas” and many of the problems that pervade American society.
there are two americas: one fights for black lives and the other fights for brunch https://t.co/TFNsKghfmR