Mamie Till, Geraldine Santoro, Emmett discussed on Longform Podcast

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So I do go. It's not that I always hit a balance between the two. But yeah, I, I believe that part of my job is just making cogent clear and persuasive argument, and also trying to show even when it's not necessarily argumentative. Part of the work right now. And I think very often through our history has been. Putting inequities on view, right? Like making them visible. That's a huge part of progressive activism. It's part of social movements. It goes back to in this stuff I write about in the book. You know, Mamie Till's decision to have an open casket funeral for her fourteen year old son, Emmett, after he is killed brutally. After being falsely accused of making a pass away woman that her decision to have an open casket funeral. So that mourners can see his brutalised body and publish photographs of it and jet magazine, which winds up being catalytic to the civil rights movement because it makes visible and unavoidable. The tolls of brutal racism. That's exposing it. It's forcing people to look at it. There are million other examples of that. The publication of the photograph of Geraldine Santoro the woman who died of an illegal abortion publishing MS magazine in nineteen seventy three. The live streaming of the deaths of the murders of African Americans by police shootings, African Americans by police. I think Flanders Casteel death is the one that stands out most, but there have been so many that helped to catalyze national interest in an engagement in the black lives matter movement. And so a lot of what I think about right about now, part of the process is showing people where to look to see where the equity is so that we can't pretend like, oh, that's not what it is. That's just something boys do like, no, let's and that was that's a big part. For example, when I wrote about meet you, I did it in an extremely precise way to try to make visible and make clear way. Where the discrimination was where the power imbalance was the many angles from which power was imbalanced. Here's how we're seeing it. Here's what's being shown to us and also making visible the historical connections. A lot of what I do is tying what's happening now in politics and culture. Two things that have happened in the past trying again to show that we are engaged in a set of fights and struggles that extends centuries before us and Williston centuries after we are gone. I knew there was gonna be a traitor column last night now waiting for it, and that was part of the was received on the internet. A little bit was like, tracer has weighed in and we should have been better..

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