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I’ve seen many photographs and pictures depicting the white man’s mistreatment, dehumanization and outright murder of black people, from that iconic photo of a former slave with whipping scars all over his back to the picture of the 1930s Indiana lynching of two suspected rapists to, closer to home, the 1970s image of the Philadelphia Police vs. Delbert Africa, and many more, but none made me quite as uneasy as this photograph shared several days ago by Philadelphia attorney and Philly Post contributor Michael Coard on his Facebook page, a photo that Facebook has since removed.
“It stopped me in my tracks,” says Coard of the photo, which he found on the page of his Facebook friend, New York City filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. “Look at how this man is treating this black girl as a captured trophy. Look at the grinning and leering and lustful face on the man and the terror etched on the face of the girl. A monstrous grin meets a face of terror. It crept right into my soul. I’m not really a spiritual or emotional person like that, but when I saw this picture, it spoke volumes. It c*t to the core of the evil of racism.”