Act of love: People cleaned Seattle streets in solidarity after protests
Photographer Joshua Trujillo of Seattle documented the cleanup on Sunday, after a day and night of protests against police use of force on Black Americans.
In the last few days, a contrast has been made between those who protested and those who cleaned up afterward -- an implicit suggestion that demonstrators left a mess to clean up, and thank goodness for the crew who showed up to pick up the pieces.
But Trujillo's photos show something entirely different: Those who went downtown on Sunday did so for Black Lives Matter, as evidenced by the posters they secured to their backs. It was an act of love, and an act of protest as well: They would not let those who protested be tarnished as having created a mess.
One woman's sign read, "Racism caused this mess."