When considering journalism’s role in moments like this, I always come back to this photo.— Lil Uzi Hurt at Home (@lostblackboy) May 28, 2020
Richard Cohen, the man who took this photograph, won a Pulitzer.
Edward Crawford, the young man photographed here, died suspiciously two years later. pic.twitter.com/BEfsSTyUlG
In 1971, Gil Scott-Heron released his song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” warning us that we will not be able to stay home or “plug in, turn on, and cop out” when rebellions — like the one in Minneapolis — occur. He never could have predicted that, almost 50 years later, young revolutionaries wouldn’t be watching much television, but they would be recording everything going on around them — with the knowledge that who is doing the recording matters, and they want to be the one to tell the story of this revolt.