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How I Got Over: Vision and Justice in Racialized America

Friday, December 09, 2016

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carrie Mae Weems and Sarah Lewis (L to R: Courtesy the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and courtesy of the guests)

For all the pain, anxiety and devastation caused by the widely circulated video footage of black lives being literally extinguished, we are also bearing witness to a pronounced moment of black cultural ascension. 

Join photographers LaToya Ruby Frazier and Carrie Mae Weems and Harvard University art history professor Sarah Lewis for a discussion on celebrating and advancing visual literacy around race, and what it feels like to be American and black during this dichotomous time of triumph and tragedy. Hosted by Rebecca Carroll, WNYC producer for special projects on race. 

Watch the entire conversation:



About the Series 

This event is part of How I Got Over, a project to reinvent language around race through a series of conversations and performances that explore, express and examine what it means when a social construct becomes the social order. We want people to get personal. We want provocative dialogue. We want to generate new language to execute real change. We want to talk about fear – and how it’s different if you are black or white.

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Sarah Lewis, Latoya Ruby Frazier and Carrie Mae Weems

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Comments [3]

gina ballinger from graz austria/california

THANK YOU! Rebecca Carroll! shakespere "to give sorrow words" with such bright astute active and upfront conversations. means the world to me.

Jan. 04 2017 11:41 AM
Katherine Ellington from New York City

I see I'm not the only one moved to respond on the dialogueMamie Till's decision to have an open casket for her son Emmett Till. On the wall at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Mamie Till-Mobley's words, "Let the people see what I have seen. I think everybody needs to know what happened to Emmett Till."

Her brilliance, courage(apart of rage)and strategic effort should not be overlooked as she was an activist before this tragedy.

Furthermore in reading the work of Ida B. Wells who was from Chicago provides more context on how penetrating the horror of lynching and lethal violence has been over time in communities, among families and across generations among Afrian Americans. Wells (she as an NAACP co-founder) as an investigative journalism is remarkable as her works demonstrates the pursuit of justice. Closer reading is worth the time and effort here.

It is also remarkable that President Obama has just enacted legislation in to move the Department of Justice and the FBI to reopen unsolved civil rights crimes including the case of Emmett Till.

Dec. 27 2016 07:53 PM
Victoria Jee from Boston

I saw the Trevor Noah interview and I thought it an excercise in allowing a very specific convo to take place. Tomi Lauren, the Barbie white Supremacist who denies she is racist has a rapid fire racist script she follows. I didnt think she got away with much. I thought Noah's body language was compelling in that he was distancing himself in that he did not hold her gaze often. And it was clear he understood he could not figuratively beat her up with words ...so he let her demonstate who she is and the audience got lt. I disagree with Ms.Carroll's observation of Trevor Nosh behavior and goal. I also think if you did not see the interview, maybe you shouldn't damn him based on someone else's read. I totally disagree with her read on Emmit Till's mother's motivation. I am older and read about his mother response to this devastation in jet years ago. She was in control of her emotions and very clear about her motivation in showing his body.
This was a fabulous discussion and while I did not agree with all said, it does not diminish my admiration for these talented and diistinquished black women. Bravo!

Dec. 17 2016 04:41 PM

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