In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial, a heartwarming 1973 photo featuring black and white kids from the Detroit suburbs innocently hugging and playing with each other got more than 1 million views on the internet.
Joe Crachiola, who took the picture of the kids hugging and playing with each other more than 40 years ago, explained his thoughts of the photo to Detroit radio station WWJ: “Every time I look at that picture I wonder, ‘When does that become an issue for us, when do we lose touch with that innocence and that ability to just accept one another for who we are without making judgments based on ethnicity or race?’”
He added that the photo featuring young kids having fun with each other and not looking at things like race or class was something that immediately sparked people’s imagination. The photo became so popular that the four kids featured in it are planning to meet up some time in the future.
The enlightening photo of black and white kids playing together is one of the many internet trends that have popped up in the days after Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. A Tumblr blog discussing white privilege and the Trayvon Martin case called “We Are Not Trayvon Martin” has become popular as well as a viral mashup image of Martin Luther King, Jr. wearing Trayvon’s hoodie.
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