I keep looking at the mugshot from the post below, and I think what hurts the most is looking at the pool of tears in her neck- she’d obviously been sobbing for hours.
When you think about the story behind the photograph, and look at the pain she is going through, even though it is just a mugshot, it’s every bit as powerful as a Pulitzer prize winning photograph. That photograph is every bit as evocative as the naked child running from napalm or the street execution in Viet Nam or some of the pictures from the civil rights movement with fire hoses pointed at people.
So messed up.
And look, I know nothing about this woman other than what Thinkprogress had at the link. Maybe she has a checkered past. Who fucking cares? She was doing what she had to do to provide for her kids, so what the fuck does her past matter? I’m sure the wingnuts will find some way to hate on her, but I look at that picture, it really hurts. So if she had some problems in the past, who cares? This is America, where if you get a chance you reinvent yourself and become a better person. Anyone remember how many DUI’s Dick Cheney had?
I seriously hope this goes viral, and she gets a lawyer, an accountant, and a therapist to deal with the trauma she has been through. Hell, I hope she gets rich and becomes and advocate.
*** Update ***
Thank you again for this series of posts. What struck me besides everything folks have pointed out is that it’s likely that is her best dress, that she put on especially for the job interview, and that she started her day with excitement and hope and the prospect of a bit of a break in the form of the chance at a job, and that she loves her children enough to try to get that and that she thought that she might, just might, get a break from whatever the Powers that Be are. Instead she got fucked by a system that is terribly, badly fucked. It seems it’s not just her own legal predicament, it’s not just losing her children, but I see in Ms. Taylor’s tears an utter hopelessness and despair after she tried to do the “right” thing and got fucked for being poor. And, yes, Dorothea Lange’s photo of the emigrant mother has that same despair in it.