This Photographer’s Boss Was Racist, But That Didn’t Stop Him From Capturing The Truth

Date February 28, 2018 14:38

It is 2018, and the racism topic is still on fire. Enmity between people of different skin color leads to incomprehension, which, in turn, leads to enmity once again. That is a vicious circle, and it may be broken by true stories of people who fought against prejudices and inequality.


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Winfred Moncrief - a great, dedicated photographer

Winfred Moncrief was a photographer at his hometown paper, in the state of Mississippi. The 1960s were a horrifying and unstable period there because the racial integration was constantly slowing down by the government and other powerful personas.

Hattiesburg march in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., April 8th, 1968 / Moncrief Photograph Collection / MDAH

Winfred’s boss was a racist who obeyed the Henderman clan which, in turn, controlled almost all the papers and part of a television station in Mississippi. The clan promoted segregation with the help of all possible ways.

Oscar Chase / Moncrief Photograph Collection / MDAH

Despite the racist authority, Winfred continued doing his job whatever his personal feelings were. He was aiming for the clearest interpretation of the events with the help of his camera. Moncrief photographed the leaders of the United Klans of America at the autograph sessions for KKK followers - protest marches in 1968, in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, and many other significant events - without disguising the truth. He won many awards for reportage in his public relations career.

Hattiesburg march in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., April 8th, 1968 / Moncrief Photograph Collection / MDAH

Morgan Freeman's story

Many now-famous African American movie stars had a tough time finding a job back in the day. Morgan Freeman, for instance, hasn’t always been an iconic Hollywood actor. On his way to success, he faced two huge obstacles: racism and money. The horrible truth is these two things were connected.


At that time, black-skinned people simply could not be rich. It was hard to find projects that had parts for African Americans. Morgan Freeman was considered a “problematic person,” due to his battle against racism. He even lost some roles because of his fights with directors. However, racism didn’t stop Morgan on his way to glory.


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Michelle Obama's First Lady term

Another victim of discrimination was Michelle Obama. She confessed it was not easy to be a black First Lady, as many people, not directly, made mean and offensive comments referring to her skin color. She opens up her feelings:

Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.


We live in the world full of different people, and it is beautiful. Different religions, races, tastes make us so much special as a species. And the most important thing is that love doesn’t depend on any of these factors. Love is a feeling to a person, not skin color or taste in music.

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