“Maybe Wesley Morris could do a brief follow-up piece (or a bit of performance art?) on the subject of all the comments so far to his article. They make his point, and miss his point, in a way that is tragic because they simply do not hear. Or seem afraid. I’m sure part of it is simply inability to see/contemplate the human body in general, but much of it also has to do with refusing to accept or look head-on at how racism still shapes our culture, decades after abolition and the civil rights movement. They want this racism, and the intimate way it threads through our culture, to remain unspeakable. Triply ironic since, due to the fact that the slavery was so closely tied to rape, black and white Americans are not just fellow citizens but also biologically family, kin — we are deeply related.”- CS


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