by Malcolm Ford
The crowd suggests that this demonstration was successful and all who could draw the nerve were able to speak their hearts at the stage and explain some of their frustrations with such a faulty system. Those few got to be the burning spears of the offense of police and judicial reform. You can tell he really tried to capture the raw emotion the man was feeling when he had to say these words. It’s painful and the fact that the “I’M SORRY!!” is in red is just another painful reminder to just how hopeless and empty those words feel now, just as they did back then.
Steve Mumford, Speakers Outside Justice Center II, Portland, OR, Jul. 31, 2020, 2020, pencil and ink on paper, 11 × 15.5 inches. https://bombmagazine.org/articles/protest-drawings/