Depicting Race, Consumption, and Violence
The current issue of the magazine ColorLines (Nov/Dec 07) focuses on the extremely high and disproportionate rates at which African-American and Latino men encounter violence from law enforcement. This is a useful complement to the recent discussion by Glen Loury in The Boston Review of the deplorable treatment of African-Americans in the U.S. criminal justice system . As part of this issue ColorLines includes this article/interview with Hank Willis Thomas, about whom I have posted here several times before   . I think Willis Thomas, much of whose work is inspired ~ if that is the appropriate word ~ by the murder of his teenage cousin, plumbs the intersections of consumerism, violence and race in extremely incisive ways.