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Another side of the story

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 6/15/20

Garret Cotton posted this on Facebook last week and we found it so amazing that we put our stamp of approval on it as it's so directly opposite from what is taking place in America at this …

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Another side of the story

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Garret Cotton posted this on Facebook last week and we found it so amazing that we put our stamp of approval on it as it's so directly opposite from what is taking place in America at this time.

The message and photo read… “So we are eating at Cracker Barrel this morning. There are 4 officers behind us eating. And this middle aged black man came over and asked for their tickets and said he was paying for their meals. He wouldn't take no as an answer from them. He then thanked them for their public service and wished them a safe day on the job. Every officer stood up and thanked the man while shaking his hand.

With all the craziness in the world right now, all the hatred and people being divisive, it's a good thing to see stuff like this. It's also a good reminder that we are all human and not to ever judge anyone by their uniform or skin color.

This all took place in Pell City, Alabama.”

We also loved another photo on social media showing two young children, one girl is black and the other is white at a peaceful protest with their parents and both appear blissfully unaware of the reason their parents brought them to the rally.

The information written in Lifestyle by Cecilar Levine for the online newspaper Daily Voice described how the photo of the two young chilldren was taken by Wendy Setzer at a rally June 2 at Jersey City, NJ.

It was the first time the girls and their moms had ever met but the posting said they were all fast friends.

As a photographer we just love this type of photography because it shows what journalist should be writing about instead of portraying strong differences and promoting racial differences.

These two youngsters have no awareness that they're different.

It also clearly shows that the parents and two youngsters were apparently brought up that race has never been a factor in the girl's friendships, nor their own.

The bringing together these two families in a peaceful and non-violent setting clearly showed that there can be support and compassion for the black community and that this photo can teach us all a valuable lesson as we continue together to end racism.

Teaching children love shows that we can create a world where generations can express equality. The United States of America is better than those who attempt to destroy it. Let's prove it in our actions going forward.

Ed Townsend provides year around "Beyond The News"coverage in this column with over 60-years of photojournalism analysis and insight. The column can also be read on his Web blog at http://bght.blogspot.com

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