Post-election America (4)

Since my blog has taken an unexpected political turn, I am going to write about one of the few things that I did not record on my recent visit:  that was, a visit to a gallery in the SoWa area of Boston (south of Washington) called Gallery Kayafas.   An artist called Steve Locke had done a photographic exhibition called Family Pictures in which he had mounted archival pictures of lynchings in the south into characteristic bedside frames.   He spoke about his anxieties about the possibility of a Trump victory because of the fact that lynchings had been such a normal part of Southern society until relatively recently, as one can see from the imperturbable faces of those witnessing what was happening.   At the time, I thought the analogy was a touch melodramatic.   But I have thought of his fears often since.

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