An article about the article I wrote about being stopped by the police, which illustrates that things appear for “first time as tragedy; the second time as farce.” And I would add for the third time a viral Social Media posts.Read More
Sorry, it’s not “that” kind of “rough man.” When a police officer closes an email with a quote that supports state violence as a guarantee to safety, is that a threat? (And that quote he is using? George Orwell never said it.)Read More
Because there are other people besides me who think of things.Read More
Folks reach out and you are glad to see their hands….Read More
An overview of our blood-soaked moment…Read More
If you think they are not coming for you, you are wrong.Read More
I can tell you were I DIDN’T get a jacket….Read More
I guess I wasn’t supposed to say anything?Read More
I just had to say something about this. Fortunately, I got talked to some friends about it as well.Read More
My friend Tom runs a blog called The Good Men Project. He was putting together a edition of the blog on race. And he asked me to contribute.
I should say that Tom and I have been friends for well over a decade. I've held his children, he's seen me cry, we've have very similar experiences with mental illness in our families and have had to come to terms with a lot of our dreams and limitations as men. He's a great guy and I love him a great deal. So when he asked to me to write about race I knew that he was asking me, his friend, to write. He wasn't asking his "black" friend to write. He knows me, knows the range of my interests and thoughts and values that.
Tom may certainly look white, but he's never acted white. I will leave it to my hero, James Baldwin, to explain what I mean.
As a policy, I don't usually talk about race. It's too difficult. But as I said, Tom is my friend and because he asked me to, I figured I would tell him, in an unvarnished way, why I don't want to talk about race.
There's been a pretty wild response to my letter to Tom. I am really grateful to him for the opportunity to say things that I have been thinking for a long time. My friend Patrick sent me a link on tumblr that had "reblogged" a section of it over 300 times. I am sort of amazed that so many people are reading it. As of now, there about 700 reposts on Facebook. I know that isn't "viral" but people are sharing what I wrote. I didn't upload a cat video, I wrote a polemic and people are interested in it. That is really wild to me. The comments have been pretty interesting. Some people really don't get what I am saying and some people really need to not sit at the computer all day writing responses to blog posts. I have seen the same guy on a bunch of blogs. He really makes me glad that my home address isn't published with the article.
One of the reasons I started this blog, or rather why I came back to this blog, was to really start to try to write. I wanted to dismantle the notion that an artist is purely a visual person, that somehow I lost my voice because I make images. A lot of the artists I admire were terrific writers about art and culture. Fairfield Porter was the art critic for The Nation, at a time when the flavor of art had very little connection to his practice as a painter of the observed world. I always loved that he loved art so much that he could write about it as well as make it. I aspire to that.