Bravery in the face of aggression

I suspect that you have all now seen this photo from Baton Rouge by Jonathan Bachman

Brave woman at Baton Rouge protest


This is a photo that probably will become iconic, showing a brave woman standing in the path of the police dressed for a riot. It looks like the photo is taken just before the two policemen uses force on her.

When looking at the photo, I can’t help seeing a parallel to another photo of someone standing still in the path of violence.


Tank man at Tiananmen Square


Many people will find the comparison between the use of tanks on Tiananmen Square and the use of police in Baton Rouge as over the top, but it is a valid comparison – the difference is just a matter of degree rather than of type.


  1. Siobhan says

    Not over the top at all. Disarmed protester stares down the literal barrel of the gun. I think the comparison is apt.

  2. says

    I said the same independently of you. It’s not hard given the obvious similarities. I made another analogy elsewhere:

    In 1915, “Birth Of A Nation” portrayed the KKK in white robes as “heroes”, and black people as the threat.

    In 2016, it’s the death of a nation as cops in black body armour are portrayed as “heroes”, and black people as the threat.