A Picture Worth More Than a Thousand Words

There has been a lot of buzz around a photograph that was shared recently. It is a photograph of a girl whose body language and facial expression has been described as powerful, emotional and even haunting. Evidently, millions of other people never saw this photograph before. Keep reading because I am going to share the photograph shortly.

When I first saw this photograph, I saw a young girl who looks angry and frustrated. I also see a girl who is very unhappy; maybe even a little bitter at her lot in life. She was definitely stubborn—that much I can tell. I am sure that if she could have changed her current situation, she would have…

Believe it or not, a lot of people were “shocked” to see such a young “slave” pose in such a defiant manner. A stark contrast from the photographs most are used to seeing. As a Black person, this photograph did not shock me because I know there were millions of other “slaves” just like her. A whip did not scare them nor did the threat of death. Many would rather die than to be a “slave” which is why so many welcomed death with such ease.

What are your thoughts in regards to this photograph? 🧠💭

Until next time…

6 thoughts on “A Picture Worth More Than a Thousand Words

  1. Moment in time. I think at that very moment, the stubborn little girl pissed off the slave and all this happened right before the picture was taken. It seems the nanny slave had some leeway in expressing her feelings given the level of familiarity she had with the family. Don’t think it really had anything to do with the familiarity of the whip. Or not being afraid of it. She is too familiar with the family to be afraid of anything.

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    1. Good observation. You can tell she had some freedom to express how she felt which was rare during that time. Who knows how many sneaky things the nanny had to deal with in regards to getting in trouble for something she did or did not do. She seems liked a very strong willed girl who had no problems expressing how she felt. Thanks for commenting.


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