This document is an illustration by Norman Rockwell entitled ‘The
problem we all live with’ published in Life, an American magazine, in
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was an American illustrator He specialized
in scenes of everyday small-town life. He was very popular. .
A little black girl is apparently walking to school, as can be seen by
the books and the ruler she is holding in her left hand. She is
surrounded by four large men, as if she was a prisoner.
We can observe that there are tomatoes splattered against the wall, and
such aggressive graffiti as “nigger” and KKK (short for Ku Klux Klan
[‘ku: kl ks ‘klæn]), which clearly shows that this little girl – and
along her the whole black community – is the target of attacks from
various hate groups.
The four men are federal policeman, as is shown by the armbands they are
wearing, which read ‘US Marshall’. The role of federal officers is to
enforce the law. They are her bodyguards and they have to protect her on
her way to school. The fact that we can’t see their faces makes the
little girl even more visible. It really focuses the attention on her.
This could also mean that their role is more important than their
The contrast between this fragile-looking little girl and the four
massive men is emphasized by the colours used. Her white clothes stress