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Tender moment disrupts Black fatherhood narrative

Photographer Patience Zalanga describes what she saw in this quiet moment in George Floyd Square, and what it can teach us.

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George Floyd Square has been an ongoing occupation protest and memorial site since May 26, 2020.

When I saw Twan and his son reading a book together, I thought of the assumptions that people have of George Floyd Square. Narratives are powerful and can shape our understanding of ourselves, our neighbors and the world. When I saw them, I saw a quiet and yet powerful disruption of multiple narratives. 

To be a witness to this quiet declaration of love felt important to document. It was a moment that was deeply antithetical to the stereotypes that suggest Black men are absent in the lives of their children and yet, here, they were simply enjoying time together. 

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