October 5: BLADE
(After a photograph of the Sanitation Workers Strike on Beale Street in Memphis, TN, March 29, 1968. Photographer unknown.)
It’s been more than 50 years since the Civil Rights protests, yet here we are. Police might not point their blades at protesters anymore; instead, they use tear gas, rubber bullets, unmarked vans, and Federal secret police to snatch protesters off the streets. We have marched backwards.
There is an exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum that you should see: Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal is an extremely powerful and affecting collection of commentary on race in modern America. One of the pieces rings changes on the signs from this protest, making everyone part of the march against injustice. The exhibit runs through early November. Don't miss it.