Black and White

Day 320, Part Two

My mind is swirling in a world of inequality today. I made the mistake of reading too many shocking headlines. This song drifted into my mind.

I wondered if it would make a difference if everything we saw was black and white. I looked around my house and noticed the shades of light and dark. One can not truly be seen and enjoyed without the other. There must be a balance.


If the picture was all one dimension, it would simply disappear. Maybe that is where we are headed. I hope not.


When I studied documentary photography, we always shot using black and white film. It is the equalizer. We are not distracted by the color. Everything is but a shade of the other.


Why are we scared of something different? We are all made up of the same chemistry.


We are not as different as we think. I am curious about why we complicate things.


It’s funny how the same object looks different just because of the way it reflects the light.

I cannot rest thinking about the children who came home and found no one there to greet them. I cannot rest thinking about why money is more important than human life. I cannot rest knowing the truly evil are unscathed. I cannot rest knowing the rich victimize the poor and our government enjoys this game of life and death. I cannot rest until this is no longer the face of America.


11 thoughts on “Black and White”

  1. You only have to see children playing together in a city centre school playground to realise that prejudice is not instinctive. Sadly, it is taught to young people by those who should know better,
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. You would think adults would know better, Pete, but unfortunately, they do not. Children have no inherent fear of people who are different.

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  2. In fact, children are intrigued by difference. I recall the fascination my daughter showed to a man in a wheelchair, another with one leg and so on. At the moment difference is being actively exploited. May we resist that attempt every day.

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    1. Children do notice differences but negative reactions are learned. The more I read in the news, the more I know I must actively fight the wave of hate. Thank you for your comment, Elizabeth.

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  3. Thank you for these words which are well-written and well-illustrated. To say this contains an important message, is an understatement. We are much more alike than we are different.


    1. JoAnna, I agree. It is a difficult time. Difficult times call for a strong defense of the hatred we are bombarded with so frequently. May we all become beacons of hope.

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  4. I so agree with you all. I just don’t understand why so many people are ignoring or denying the deterioration of our society.


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