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Noose found in National Museum of African American History and Culture

US police have launched an investigation after a noose was found in a public exhibition space of an African American museum in Washington, DC

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Should art that infuriates be removed?

“White free speech and white creative freedom have been founded on the constraint of others, and are not natural rights. The painting must go.”

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Your protests have now created a zone of discomfort for me.

“My work was created with the idea of creating a zone of discomfort for whites, your protests have now created a zone of discomfort for me.”

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Abstracting the savaged body of Emmett Till

 


Image credit: Parker Bright, an African American artist, is protesting against the painting by partially blocking it from view [Michael Bilsborough]

The photographs depict a ‘realism’ or an ‘indexicality’ that abstraction in the painting distorts, diluting the power of witness, writes Jayawardane [AP]

Abstracting the savaged body of Emmett Till

by M Neelika Jayawardane

 

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Kids on winning robotics team told ‘Go back to Mexico’

“They were pointing at us and saying that ‘Oh my God, they are champions of the city all because they are Mexican. They are Mexican and they are ruining our country,’”

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Negroid and Caucasoid and Easter Bunny do not exist

“Anyone who continues to believe in race as a physical attribute of individuals, despite the now commonplace disclaimers of biologists and geneticists, might as well also believe that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy are real…”

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Jackson and Trump have a lot in common

“The concept of Herrenvolk (master race) democracy is the idea of oppressing one or more racial groups while promoting the idea of equality among the white oppressors. For Trump, this involves Muslims and Mexicans who have become scapegoats…”

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Swastikas in the bathroom

“The high school in Newtown is having all kinds of issues; swastikas in the bathroom, hate messages against the lgbtq students, a Mexican student found a note in her backpack telling her to go to Mexico… unbelievable.”

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Build the wall

“Went running earlier & a guy yelled ‘build the wall’ at me from his car. Guessing he saw a brown woman at a distance & assume I was Latina.”

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I was just a very tan white person

“I’m Mexican but was adopted by an all-white family in a white community. I don’t speak any Spanish and nobody would know I was Mexican unless they looked carefully. When I married I never talked about my heritage with my in-laws, so they may have assumed I was just a very tan white person.”

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Black feet into the plush white carpets

“My mother has four children—one white and three brown. To my white grandmother, we were niggers. I, in particular, was a chubby nigger—an offense, I learned, which greatly aggravated my already punishable-by-shunning crime of being born black.”

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