Black Lives Matter in Dallas, Texas

Photo copyright by Bryn Bonino

Photo copyright by Bryn Bonino

Aldous Huxley said, “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”  Expanding on this point, is the idea that getting to know other populations within your own country helps you realize the false conceptions that you had about where you are from.  With ever increasing interconnectedness from social media, the truths of some communities are traveling to further reaches.

This is what prompted the large gathering of over 1,000 people to protest police violence against Black lives on July 7, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  The crowd was mostly African American, but there were other ethnic groups present. They all marched for one cause - to end police violence.

Toward the end of the protest, the organizers gave a speech to bring everyone together. People in the crowd shouted Black Power, and many fists were raised in the air.  The skin tones of the raised fists were not all the same.

This story ends with a series of questions to get you thinking.  How do you interpret this photo? What does this mean to you? Does this make you think about your conceptions of the United States, or different groups of the U.S. population?