Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Did NOM steal images from the 1963 March on Washington?

After the hell lgbts get from some members of the African-American community who accuse them of "highjacking" the Civil Rights Movement, I hope earrings and wigs are snatched off over this one if it turns out to be a fact.

The following is a picture of the National Organization for Marriage is using to advertise its upcoming march during Supreme Court deliberations of Prop 8:

For those who are history buffs, if that picture looks familiar, it's probably because it seems to be stolen from the picture of the original 1963 March on Washington:

If this is the case, the fact that NOM practically steals the picture for its purposes is just plain brazen.

And ironic.

Almost everyone knows that the 1963 March on Washington was where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous I Have a Dream speech.

But not everyone knows that the 1963 March on Washington was planned and coordinated by Bayard Rustin, an openly gay African-American man.

Let's break this down -  The National Organization for Marriage seems to have stolen a picture of a legendary march planned and coordinated by a gay man in order to take rights away from the gay community at large.

No wonder Maggie Gallagher left her leadership position at NOM. All of the pandering she could ever do can never cover up the organization's sleaze.

Big hat tip to Jeremy Hooper who spotted the similarities between the pictures.


John B. said...

Who took that photo? Is it copyrighted?

Erica Cook said...

Um, you're not going to like this, but I don't think it is the same pic. There are some buildings missing from the top photo that are in the sky line of the bottom photo. It was clearly inspired by the first though, which is priceless in its own rite. They're were inspired by a gay artist because why? Were they that unable to think for themselves? In any case there is something insulting about them trying to link themselves with the civil rights movement at all.

BlackTsunami said...

Remember that the top picture has been cropped.

Gregory Peterson said...

I think this is the photo they used. I don't know who took it.,000%20Gather%20in%20Washington%20in%20August,%201963%20Urging%20Support%20for%20pending%20Civil%20Rights%20Legislation_jpg.htm

Gregory Peterson said...

Robert Joyce was taking photos from the same place at the same time. It looks like he had a light leak in camera he was using.

Phil L said...

It's also REALLY easy to alter a skyline in a grayscale photo using just about any image editing program. The buildings could be easily removed or even added in something as simple as MS Paint.

Gregory Peterson said...

Oops, it looks like the first link was too long or something. Here is a shorter link with more photographs.

Here is the caption."March on Washington. Over 250,000 Gather in Washington in August, 1963 Urging Support for pending Civil Rights Legislation.jpg"

This photo has the same lower contrast and the building is barely visible on the extreme left. A slight crop would eliminate it.

Ed W said...

Evidence this is the 1963 march... See that large building on the left of the photo? That's a "temporary" building built during WWI that was torn down in 1970 and replaced with open space. The only protest at the Lincoln Memorial during the WWI to 1970 time period with a crowd of the size pictured is 1963's historic march. Wikipedia has collaborating information; see "List of protest marches on Washington, D.C." and "Main Navy and Munitions Buildings".