the “fake news” that passes for truth: the distorted representation of African-American families
Our current project, which I have often characterized as a conversation disguised as a contest, is an attempt at consciousness. We all breathe the same air; we have all been raised in a racist culture, some of us as victims (or survivors), some as perpetrators, some as passive-complicits. To state that the Drinking Fountain is a teaching moment is pompous as hell. It is a learning moment. I am learning the breadth of our illness as a nation as I accumulate and publish your stories.
But what is it precisely that perpetuates our shared disease? In a word: misinformation.
I found this remarkable article in the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2017/12/29/a374a268-ea6d-11e7-8a6a-80acf0774e64_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-d%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.a9629bb10f47
I do hope you will take a few moments to read it, and of course, I hope you will participate in the conversation by submitting your response to the monument to racism that serves as the prompt for this “contest.” (It really is a contest, by the way, with a $500 prize for the entry that offers us the most inspiration.)
And of course, I wish everyone a spectacular New Year.