Sacrificial Stars Or Dreadnaught Love

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These photos were all taken by art historian and curator Esther Schruder at TEFAF 2013, The European Fine Art Fair, considered the largest and most important showcase of historical works of art currently on sale.

In accordance with my second Patreon milestone goal, I’m sending written requests for more information about these artworks, such as artist, date, geographical origin, et cetera.

Esther Schruder is a researcher and curator based in Amsterdam who contributed to volumes of The Image of the Black in Western Art, as well as being responsible for the exhibition Black is Beautiful: Rubens to Dumas.

I know that I would like to know more about all of these artworks and the people depicted in them, and I hope you do, too.

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It’s not just like someone you loved died, It’s like everything you ever thought was dying and you have to teach yourself to do everything differently, how to think, how to breathe, how to take a step.
Adam Page, The Divide (via bluedogeyes)

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House of Lies 02x08 - Wonders of the World

"All parents dread the day they must have "the talk” with their teen-age son or daughter. That’s the day parents officially face the possibility that their “child” is already having sex, or at least seriously considering it, so it’s time to deliver the warning about unwanted pregnancies, the dangers of STDs and the emotional, long-term turmoil either can create.

That’s a universally uncomfortable conversation, but as shown in the aftermath to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial, parents of black boys carry the burden of delivering a second “talk” of even greater significance. If it’s not given, the result may be the incarceration or death of their child at the hands of police or the so-called friendly neighborhood watch volunteer…"

     - 'The Talk' Has a Double Meaning for Black People, Ron Thomas

At kitchen tables, during drives to school and in parting words as we sent them off to college, we shared a version of the same lessons given to young black men for generations: “If you are stopped by a cop, do what he says, even if he’s harassing you, even if you didn’t do anything wrong.

Let him arrest you, memorize his badge number, and call me as soon as you get to the precinct. Keep your hands where he can see them. Do not reach for your wallet. Do not grab your phone. Do not raise your voice. Do not talk back. Do you understand me?” 

      - The Talk, Jeannine Amber

Historians and African-American culture experts say “the talk’’ dates back to 1863, following the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves living in still-rebellious states.

Encounters between freed slaves and whites were fraught, and Charles Stith, director of Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center, said black parents made it a point to caution their sons who had been slaves that if they celebrated their freedom too publicly, they could trigger an angry and potentially lethal reaction…

     - James H. Burnett III

 “The birds and the bees is a walk in the park. You can clearly explain it. You can’t explain this.”

To be blunt, I have never felt so hated as I do right now.  Maybe when I was younger I didn’t really understand the hate and it’s always been this bad. But since Barrak Obama got elected the hate and rhetoric has gone into over drive.  I say this to my African American friends and family and get a nod of agreement or we start swapping stories about being stopped by the cops, or followed by people in stores.  Or talked down to because people assume we’re all stupid and criminals.  Just to today in a Star Wars Expanded Universe page on face book I got in to a argument about weather the Confederate flag was racist or not. (by the way it is)  I am a science fiction loving, law abiding artist and writer.  I pay my taxes, I’m not on welfare. I hold down a job.  And generally try and be the best person I can.  When I say I feel my country hates me.  It isn’t me being sensitive.  And even if I am being sensitive, can you blame me?  Given the history of racial injustice in this country?  

I cried the night Trevon’s murder got acquitted.  I see the injustice of having some many black men locked away in prison.  I feel like I live in a country that hates me, hates my family, resents my birth, doubts my intellect, and would take great pleasure in watching me fall let alone die.  It’s not all whites, but it is systemic in our sociality to marginalize and malign black people.  Why are we so scary?  I have darker skin then 75% of the Earths population.  But that makes me in no less of a human being.  That isn’t a reason to kill us in the streets and then take away any justice we have.  I have no children, but I have young people around me and I fear for them.  It’s a scary time to be in America.  And I don’t think a lot of people out there seem to understand it.  We have to tell our children that the world is not fair, and that a lot of people will hate you just because of how you look.  And a person that is supposed to protect you can take your life in a second.  It’s a double edge sword because we want law and order.  But there is a real fear of the Police in the black community.  And if you look around lately, we have every right to be afraid.  

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