Sunday, April 4, 2010

TOKENISM: TOO LITTLE TOO LATE. DESEGREGATE SCHOOLS NOW!

1964, Florida. Possibly Gainesville. My brother Mike holds the sign; I'm beside him. What happened to my sign, I can't remember. Maybe the wind blew the placard off. Maybe this was after the march, and I wanted to be like Robin Hood and Little John.

My guess is Mom took the picture, but I don't know why Liz isn't there. Maybe Mom and Liz stayed home to run Dog Land while the boys went to protest.

From Will Shetterly - snapshots of life so far

3 comments:

  1. I saw this photo and instantly looped back to an earlier post where you ask for ideas for new sf/f stories. It feels like there's a story in here somewhere, maybe because when I read, "My guess is Mom took the picture, but I don't know why Liz isn't there. Maybe Mom and Liz..." -- all of a sudden my brain read the beginning of that second sentence as plot foreshadowing -- "stayed home to be with the girl who had suddenly appeared from the alternate universe where the European conquest of North America had failed"; "stayed home because they had heard that the zombies were on the move again, and they didn't want to worry us"; "had to take care of the phoenix egg that week." OK, now it's clear why I'm not a fiction writer. Even so, it still felt like foreshadowing.

    Anyway. Great photo.

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  2. Hatching a phoenix egg sounds interesting when combined with the civil rights movement. *grin* Definitely unique.

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  3. Dan, that's exactly how a fiction writer's brain is supposed to work.

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