Wednesday, March 29, 2006

more from City Hall 3-28

Michelle Marquez(left), a student at Lamar Middle School in Irving, was criticized for having a US flag during an immigration protest at Kiest Park in Dallas..." Irwin Thompson/Dallas-Morning News

"Renato De Los Santos told students the next big rally was planned for April 9. He said he wanted it to be bigger than the protest in Los Angeles." The kids look unimpressed.

"witnesses said the injured student, who was from Irving High School, jumped into the fountain and appeared to be drowning." Al Dia/Deborah Turner

I don't know if there were other demonstrations in large Texas cities with large Latin American populations, like San Antonio and Houston, but I imagine so. Wednesday it rained in Dallas, which probably influenced kids to stay home or go to school. I heard that a smaller group of students marched on the city hall in Garland but weren't able to get in because it was locked up. When I look at these photos, especially the 2nd and 3rd ones, I'm struck by how "spinnable" the visuals are, by news organizations hoping to stoke fires or assuage peoples' fears, as the case may be. Although pics 2 and 3 were taken by two different photographers at two different events, a news photographer worth her salt would certainly take both pictures if she were present at both, and worry about ideological import later, or not at all.