Wisconsin has become ground zero for presidential candidates, ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.
During a protest against Donald Trump on Wednesday, an Appleton mother took a striking picture that’s now gone viral.
Local 5’s Cole Higgins talked with the woman behind the camera.
“It was a moment, it was a moment,” says Tina Murphy of Appleton.
Murphy capture the moment of a seven-year-old Muslim girl, staring out a window of the Appleton Children’s Museum at people protesting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“What was going through my mind I think more than anything at that point in time was she should be playing. There were no other children standing there watching outside that window. There was just her and she should have been playing and instead what I saw in her eyes was not knowing what her future holds,” says Murphy.
A busy mother of four boys, Murphy didn’t get a chance to introduce herself to the girl or her mother, after she snapped the now viral picture and had to rush to her children’s’ next activity.
“Emotionally what I wanted to say to both her mother and her was there are some of us who are fighting for you,” explains Murphy.
Murphy is grateful the girl only saw people protesting Trump and not those who support the GOP candidate’s comments about Muslims.
But, Murphy says she wants the picture to spread a message of love and acceptance, regardless of political beliefs.
“It’s not really about the sign. It’s about exposing the hate we already have and what are we going to do to change it,” says Murphy.
Murphy has been overwhelmed by the more than 1,400 shares of the picture from her Facebook page and Local 5’s, even though the feedback on the photo hasn’t all been positive.
“It was hard to read any of the comments, I started,” says Murphy.
Murphy says she quickly stopped reading the comments, because there were just too many negative comments even attacking the child.
So while she won’t be reading any of the comments on her picture, she will continue to look at it as a reminder of that powerful moment.
“It was a moment that I captured that I will never forget and I pray that others will look at that picture and realize how important it is,” explains Murphy.