• This is clearly not about racism. That word is too much with us. The point of the picture is the contrast between the shy self awareness of a young woman and the silly showing off of young boys barging into the background of a photo as they will always do. Look at any news report from outside a football match. It’s not about who’s black and who’s white it’s about human behaviour – so away with the clichéd assumptions.
      What is terrifying is number 23 which shows the horrible extremes, suicidal and murderous, to which religious superstition (Budhism, Christianity, Islam etc) leads people.

    • Picture 22 is of Elizabeth Eckford. This picture is courage, revolution, hatred and disgust rolled into one. Those students detested her and wanted to deny her a basic right that every human should have – right to equality. She did not know how they would react to her act of defiance. She did not know if she would be called names, insulted, hit or even killed! She just knew that if she did not walk these few steps to her school, the oppressors would win. So she walked. By walking those few steps, she opened the door for the oppressed, ushering a new era of equality. That is revolution.

      • Thanks for posting Elizabeth Eckford’s name. I knew it had to be something related to racial integration. For those too young to remember, look up Elizabeth Eckford or the Little Rock Nine in Wikepedia.

        After the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, Alabama Gov. Orval Faubus called out the Alabama National Guard to block the entry of the Little Rock Nine into Little Rock Central High School. President Eisenhower then nationalized the entire Alabama National Guard to take it out of the hands of the Governor and sent in the 101st Airborne to guard the students and escort them to the school. It was a dark time in our past, which is now past. Racial relations are still not perfect, but on 11-04-2014 South Carolina elected the first African-American Senator from the South since 1881, Republican Tim Scott. Time marches on.

        • This is not Elizabeth Eckford – though the issue at hand is similar.

          The picture is Dorothy Counts being sneered at by a wholly-white audience as she enrolls to start her schooling at Harding High School (Original picture by Don Sturkey, September 4, 1957)

          Dorothy Counts became one of the first black students to be accepted into the previously all-white Harding High School, in Charlotte, U.S. Upon enrolling to start her journey she was mocked, spat on, racially abused and thrown rocks at.

          Counts braved the walk through the school grounds in the face of disgusting abuse, and took her seat on enrolment day. She was fifteen years old.

          The actions of individuals such as Counts helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s, and to this day she is seen as iconic in that she stood up, all alone, for who she was and what she stood for.

          The sneering face directly behind the brave American girl holds much more prominence with added colour. The squinted eyes are much more recognisable and mocking smile emphasis the opposition Counts faced when she was simply trying to better herself.

          Read more: – this has another, even more terrifying photo of the entire (all white) school population following her laughing and jeering as she walks. And people today think high school tough…

        • Little Rock Arkansas? Not in Alabama. The only thing that makes me question this is her glasses. Would a high school or even college age youn lady wear glasses artound her neck like that? She does look older.

      • And now you can’t get ’em within 50 feet of a school unless they’re choppin’ dope out the back door ! Oh… The good old days…

    • Just a guess but could it be the photo #22 is a picture of the young lady who ventured into Alabama State University in 1963, Vivian Malone. That would explain the so called terrifying remark in the title, she must have been scared to death.

    • I thought the Hindenburg photo was pretty terrifying myself. What is terrifying about #22 is that humans can stoop to that level – treating someone like that merely because of their race and colour. Also the fact that it was not just one or two ignorant students but an entire school of them. It is rather terrifying to hear that In Western/European countries people are STILL being treated like that because they are Jewish. I think in particular of France, UK and even in Universities in USA . In still other countries , not merely are they being shunned but brutally murdered for being Christian. The world has NOT improved. In fact it is currently on a downward trend.

    • Just imagine yourself as the only person (believed to be segregated as
      inferior) in amongst a crowd of hostile peoplewho feel you should not be there.

    • The black girl there was in a college and under police protection. She was a woman, she was black and she was not welcome there.

    • If picture number 22 Is terrifying, how is picture number 1 defined, living in luxury. Just a bunch of BLACK RACIST FUDDERMUCKERs!!!

  1. #22. Shows the young girl who defied segregation and attended the school of her choice. Very brave of her, she started to break the color barrier in the south.

  2. Obviously Goebbles is terrifying to look at. That sinister brain blotting to eliminate hundred-thousands of people. He looks like a Gnom, had a limp and certainly no heart. Terrifying is the atom-bomb – made by humans. The segregation between black and whites – made by humans, The sneering white faces behind the black girl in pic. 22. are terrifying too, made by white men. Even the white politicians, like Lincoln or Churchill look somehow terrifying. Humans have strange faces, sometimes. Then pic. 5, the utter poverty in which this young couple lives. you see the two dirty mattresses on the ground in the makeshift tent? Terrifying. And 21 takes the cake. The american dream is for white people driving in a car. the poor blacks under the poster line up for some much needed provisions. Now that is terrifyingly sarcastic. Its black and white for all to see.

  3. No. 10 is terrifying too, because these young men leave with a smile and would soon encounter the horrors of war. Leaving families, children and wives behind. Many of them would not return, we know now how much everyone suffered in this war. May all rest in Peace and may our world one day experience peace. did you know that since Jesus walked this earth not one day passed without war, violence, hate and crime? Can’t we humans do better?

      • No. That’s not at all what happen. The crowd was asked by the ruler at the time who they preferred be set free jesus or the criminal. The crowd chose jesus and he still freed the criminal instead. So no jesus did not free a criminal.

        • I do believe you need some more Bible study. The crowd was given the choice to free either Jesus or the murderer, they chose the murderer. What any of this has to do with the pictures posted is beyond me. Jesus was sent to free us from our sins but only if we accept Him into our lives, obviously there are many do have not and will not do this so there will continue to be horrendous actions by man.

    • We have our faults but we saved Civilization from catastrophe three times in the last century – WW1 WW2 & Cold War potential nuclear anniliation.
      So as you critique us a fair man would grudgingly acknowledge that truth.

      • YOU? Just YOU? I’m pretty sure you can look back in history and see where Canada and Britain help win those wars. Pull your head out of your ass.

  4. I’m in agreement with the racism that’s probably it and sadly it still exists in one way or another. i get a form of it regularly through the crime of being born with a bent spine. But also it might just be my over active imagination but look at the kids behind the lady. Look carefully at the kid with his head in front of the other I swear I can make out a face in the back of his chair. As I said though I’m probably imagining it lol

    • Managable reasons? In almost every war, maybe with the exception of world war 1 and 2, religion was in some way a reason to go to war. What about the European crusades?

  5. #2 is horrifying because it´s showing that the white foks are attuned to the convention or theater (etc) with a seense oh humor. Whereas the brown girl is attuned far more seriously.

    i rastafari i idren, shalom, amen, sas egal

  6. I’m not even sure why I find these photos so compelling, but they are, not just the contrasts between colour and B&W, but the photos themselves, as a statement about our world and the people and issues we contend with.
    I think Ted Turner ought to be ‘colourized’, or something, for what he did to that beautiful B&W medium on film – along the lines of why John Galt blew up his apartment building in that Atlas Shrugged – but I don’t think so in these photos.
    What was even more interesting was all the ‘information’ in the comments…

  7. So what’s with picture 10.? What “frontline” is the caption pertaining to? A war front? In September 1939? In England?! We surely didn’t see those goofs in Poland at the time, when Hitler was grinding Polish civilians en masse with Luftwaffe bombs like mad. Where were ye, Perfidious Albion?

  8. It’s interesting how diverse the comments about picture #22 are. For people who have never truly been discriminated against, they wont see that. For others, it’s plain as day. Based on some of these comments, however, it seems there are still people who need to learn tolerance/understanding…
    To each his own, but we still must coexist…peacefully.

  9. #22 to me, now, is more appalling than terrifying. Since it’s history is known to me and the people have, did and are still fighting over just about ANYTHING they think is racist, words, books, songs, again, many things, terrifiying is not the word for it. Appalling is much more appropriate NOW. Now, I would be appalled by my forefathers actions, just as much as my present family’s actions if they acted or did anything as STUPID or even betrayed our/their own beliefs in any such way, since we have friends from everywhere and from many religions.(well, not Everywhere…..I mean, that’s way too many to cook for on Thanksgiving!!!)
    #23 Truly terrifies me because there is no way to know IF he did it to himself, there is a car with it’s hood up in the back ground. Could he have been tricked? None of the other monks look very worried though. Or what he is doing it for if he did do it. I can’t imagine a person, no matter how devoted, could do this to themselves. This type of pain is unexplainable. And terrifiying in it’s own right.

  10. 22 isn’t terrifying at all, It just shows a woman with people behind her mugging at the camera.

    I think the caption is referring to the context. But that doesn’t make the photo terrifying. I’ve seen hundreds of photos that are just like that, only without 50s period clothing.

  11. If they had shown Gov Wallace standing in front of a FFC doorway and shouting
    ” you ain’t no chicken in here” you might understand racism better.

  12. Racism is an aberation on mankind, A barbaric state of mind. The great photos depict errorrs of yesteryears. Though it is still there but mankind is more matured to denounce recism today. Therefore, today when a few americans indulge in racism it is the majority americans elect barak obama a coloured man as their president. Isn’t it amazing? Today majority of humans agree that it is absolutely futile to hate people on skin colour, religion, creed and all. The civilised society does not even hate the criminals. We have learnt to rather hate crime. These photos will always tell us about our mistakes on a historical plank. They will keep showing us brazenness of hatred, war, weapons, discrepencies on the basis of colour, creed, race. I firmly believe that despite all the present negative happenings and wrongdoings we are moving towards a more civilised society. These photos will only drive us to that.

  13. Number 28 is not a H-bomb test. It is a photo from Operation Crossroads 1946 – shot Bravo, a 21 kT A-bomb.

  14. When you have to explain the terrifying thing in a photo is because it is not such. I agree that it is more appalling than terrifying. I found number 1 much more disturbing than 22.

  15. I think 28 was terrifyng. I mean look at the colour of the sea…Just to spoil it all w
    ith that stupid bombing…

  16. I think you americans are completly crazy. So slaves of the correction politic, that a error of digitation (22 when the correct would be 23) turns a anger debate.

    Dont forget Rotherham (UK), where the police, politics and social workers prefeere be pedophiloes and rapers, and hijack, but never sound near a racist.

    The PC blind. The PC ignore the facts for the agenda.

    Here, where i live, the people also turn down hostages of the Frankfurt’s School, granmsci, marcuse, and day after day, we’re more poor and limited.

  17. really great pics of all the time, but for me pic 23 is more terrifying rather then 22 because the person is burning and the rest of them are just watching. So really it’s not good and very terrible to finishing his own life in front of others, but nobody is carrying.

  18. Very good, effective, historically important & poignant images in this collection.

    I don’t remember the #, but the pic of Liz Taylor brought me here in the first place, and yes, she was quite a babe back then. It was sad to see her mental & physical decline in her later years.

    2 photos that very effectively showed the racial divide in the 20th century was that of the African Americans in a long line(unemployment line?)underneath a billboard showing an affluent looking white family riding in their car(#21). In #22, you can feel the awkwardness and tension going on with the dignified but harassed black lady seated in that school auditorium. I have both sympathy & great respect for what she went through. A courageous & classy young woman.!

    But I think they got it wrong on the number for the “terrifying” photo. That was #23 of the Buddhist(?)monk somewhere in Asia setting himself on fire. It would’ve been even more terrifying had the photo been taken several seconds later. The H-bomb test explosion in the Pacific(#28) was in a way even more terrifying. I would not have wanted to be there either. And then the Hindenburg pic also comes to mind. Terrifying and traumatizing to the people there that night. Reminds me of what I was feeling when I saw the WTC towers collapse on 9/11. Horror and shock.

    2 photos I believe were actually better in the original B&W instead of color were Lincoln(#19) and Edison(#26). With them, color does not seem to have added anything to the pictures, and they actually look better & are more effective in Black & White. They’re the notable exceptions to the rule here. In every other case, color seems to have brought more life to the images, to the person/people.

    With #29, Eisenstadt’s famous pic of the sailor & nurse kissing on V-J Day, that’s a toss-up. It looks great in either original B&W or color. I’m more familiar with it in B&W, but either way seems to work perfectly well.

  19. This is the craziest bunch of remarks I have ever seen. Could these people been laughing or taunting her yes…but to assume from a snapshot in time is ridiculous. If we start seeing people for people and stop seeing color as a defining factor it would go a long way. It is part of who we are but no all we are….and everyone is guilty. Those jumping straight to racism and those being racist…

  20. Amazing how color makes everything seem more real. And I actually think #23 and #28 were the most terrifying. The H bomb testing and the protesting monk immolating himself–horrifying.

  21. I think she’s mad because Richie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) didn’t want to sit with her and all the kids were laughing. Instead he sat 3 rows back to talk to the dudes. This is a still-shot of the movie La Bamba. She had the last laugh because his plane crashed.

  22. I think there are many terrible pictures. # 22 is just the sadness of humanity and the cruelty people cast on others that are different,

  23. I don’t think these guys are laughing because of her color/race, and I don’t think this has anything to do with “RACISM”. May be the boys are joyous of making a good photo esp. in those days when photography was rare. As all the boys are looking towards the photographer not the lady.

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