A viral photo of a Black Lives Matter protester standing in front of a police barricade in Baton Rouge is being hailed as “iconic” and “legendary,” and the Huffington Post, among many others, says that the image “evokes Tiananmen Square”:
No, it doesn’t.
There is no question that freelance photographer Jonathan Bachman captured a suggestive image during the protests on Baton Rouge on Saturday. But the question is: suggestive of what? For scores of people on Twitter, the answer was obvious: an innocent woman of unfathomable courage standing down the systematized violence of the State.
But here’s a different interpretation: Ieshia L. Evans, the protester in question, did what she did because she knew it was safe to do so. Contrary to the narrative propagated by many activists, black Americans are not being systematically killed by law enforcement. The vast majority of interactions between blacks and police officers raise no concerns. As Heather Mac Donald shows in her new book The War on Cops, the withdrawal of police from predominantly black urban areas over the past two years has distressed, not cheered, many people in those communities. Law enforcement is not corrupt or “illegitimate,” as some of the most strident voices in the Black Lives Matter movement claim. And most people know it — including Black Lives Matter activists. If you keep between the barricades as you march down Fifth Avenue, you’ll be just fine.
In Tiananmen Square, the “Unknown Rebel” faced actual, imminent danger. There was no guarantee that those tanks would not simply run him down. It’s worth recalling that, over the ensuing 48 hours, China’s Communist government killed several hundred protesters in an effort to crush the demonstrations. That is what systematic killing by an illegitimate government looks like.
Just another member of a group of leftists subversives(BLM)that need to be investigted and eliminated
The Chinese Gov’t looked for ”Tank Man,” relentlessly.
The only reason we don’t know if he was killed or imprisoned is that the Chinese claim they never officially found him.
As to Baton Rouge, so much angst by so many blacks over a bad man who was trying to pull a gun on a police officer, so was shot and died.
ABC News adds that this was not the 1st time:
And he survived!
So, he was one of those guys who thought it was acceptable to fight with police!
This is the banner under which Black Lives Matter wants to fight?!
Well, in all honesty, his story is being twisted no more that Michael Brown’s.
We all know that Michael Brown was not standing still with his “Hands Up,” too.
Lies upon lies.
BLM is a filthy, lie-based organization that puts local blacks in the lead as their useful idiots.
@Nanny G: It seems a few people here continue to accept the lies.
Ferguson PROVES the left does not care about truth (if they did, Hillary would not be their candidate). Yet one would think the President of the Unites States would have more honesty and dignity than to endorse and support such lies, but Obama spread them before the UN!
Some pinhead says the police need to be abolished Wrong we need to abolish Stupidity that means this woman would have to leave
People don’t know what it’s like to be in somebody else’s shoes, or skin, day in, day out. It’s worth thinking about.
@Greg: They certainly don’t. So, whenever a cop has to save his own life or protect the community from criminals, they are vilified by the racist left because they don’t think laws should be enforced evenly.
Keeping order in Baton Rouge. I am not entirely sure what to think. Probably it would be incorrect interpret the images in any one way. Situations can be complex.
Photo #1 — Provocation and Response
Photo #2 — Response, in a larger photographic context.
@Randy:It’s a sad day when the Grand Old Party of Lincoln and Reagan nominates a Trump
Same can be said for the Party of FDR and JFK.
@Greg: Like any one of the shootings that incite such extensive protests, riots, damage and numerous murders, there is far too little information available to make a decision. Certainly it looks provocative, but it would be important to know where this is, what she was doing prior to being arrested and what she was told NOT to do.
I cannot emphasize enough the lesson of Ferguson. Information was ginned up which incited protests and violence and there is NO WAY the information used could have been the result of mistaken perceptions. The accusations were so far distant from the reality that there is no room left for honest mistake. The incitement of public hatred was intentional and it was malicious. Even once the facts began to conflict with the propaganda, the false information remained the currency of the movement.
So, I am not exactly sure what you intended with presenting that image, but the point I make applies to that and to every police shooting that has been characterized as a racially motivated murder; it is far too easy to manipulate people predisposed to victimhood with false accusations.