17 November 2007

Depicting Race, Consumption, and Violence

Image © Hank Willis Thomas

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 [1]. As part of this issue ColorLines includes this article/interview with Hank Willis Thomas, about whom I have posted here several times before [2] [3] [4]. 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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Thomas' cousin was in his late twenties when he was murdered.

23 November, 2007 14:31  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

I stand corrected. JJ

23 November, 2007 15:18  

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