The Hero in the Cowboy Hat: Carlos Arredondo's Story | TIME

| April 20, 2013


“I’ve been with [/Arredondo, an antiwar activist, after he lost his first son in Iraq/] as he pulls around a wagon with a photograph of Alex in a casket — an action that elicits a huge public response. Just blocks from the Boston Common, people spat on him, cursed him and taunted him for carrying a picture of a dead person in a coffin. This is something very revealing and terrible about the concept of what photographs can do.


“I’ve been with [/Arredondo, an antiwar activist, after he lost his first son in Iraq/] as he pulls around a wagon with a photograph of Alex in a casket — an action that elicits a huge public response. Just blocks from the Boston Common, people spat on him, cursed him and taunted him for carrying a picture of a dead person in a coffin. This is something very revealing and terrible about the concept of what photographs can do. If you have the right image of carnage, you’re a hero. If you have the wrong image of the aftermath, you’re a villain.”

Full story here. Also see: Carlos Arredondo, Grieving Dad Turned Hero in Boston Tragedy | Univision

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