Photographer and University of Central Arkansas photography professor Donna Pinckley’s series "Sticks and Stones" was inspired by a personal experience. For decades, Pinckley photographed children. On Facebook one day, she saw a picture posted by a girl she had photographed in the past. She later found out that, due to their interracial relationship, the girl and her boyfriend had been subjected to a number of racist comments.
That fact, in combination with Pinckley's thoughts on racist behavior, led her to photograph interracial couples and attach rude comments the couples have had hurled at them. Since the initial portraits of the series, the photographer has expanded the subjects' profiles to include people of all races and minorities. She says,
“I want it to be about racism in all its forms. I want people to at least start to think about it... Most of [the couples] are just not thinking about it. Sometimes they don’t think they’ve had a racist comment made to them and then you start talking to them, and they have; they’ve chosen not to think about it.”