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Notes Photo October 2, 2019

Apartheid’s Legacy From Here: The Photo That Struck Me Most At Photoville

I'm sure this scene is more nuanced in South Africa. But to see a photo in America of black kids eyeballing a white kid is exceedingly rare.

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Notes Photo April 18, 2019

Louisiana Church Fires in the Shadow of All Else

The Louisiana church fires have been largely overlooked. Edmund Fountain's powerful parishioner portrait calls out: "We are here!"

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Notes Photo January 15, 2018

On the New Yorker “Shithole” Cover, Among Others

This is probably the most damaging word picture Trump, or any politician, has ever uttered. My quick takes on the illo.

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Notes Photo November 2, 2017

There’s #TakeAKnee, and There’s Take a Knee

Of course, we were owed a better caption. At the same time, though, it makes for an interesting experiment to see how much we assume.

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Notes Photo September 7, 2017

The Dreamers and the Pictures: Rising Above

The Dreamers' legitimacy was obvious in the widespread disdain for Trump's action. It is also echoing through the news photography.

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Notes Photo February 21, 2017

On Tokenism, and Trump’s Jewish Make-Up Photo at the African American Museum

Trump turns this moment -- and the African American Museum of History and Culture itself -- into the same thing it converts every shred of real estate into.

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Notes Photo February 10, 2017

Black Soldiers as White House Props, Once Again

I predict a steady diet of pictures like this one as the White House panders along.

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Notes Photo January 22, 2017

Cranky Transfer of Power: Our Trump Inauguration Round Up

Perhaps the best thing way to sum up the inauguration is that the deed has been done and the Trump era has officially begun.

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Notes Photo January 18, 2017

Obama as Chicago Keepsake — A Unique Photo Farewell

Seeing how people in Chicago have saved and displayed Obama's image or memorabilia expresses his impact and farewell in a more personal way.

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Notes Photo January 16, 2017

MLK Day Meets the Trump Inauguration

We felt a special obligation this year to find just the right photo to commemorate Martin Luther King Day.

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Notes Photo January 11, 2017

Take It Down (LEAVE IT UP): On Congress Tiff over Ferguson Painting

Is this art dispute a weird throwback to the culture wars or a sign of things to come?

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Notes Photo December 12, 2016

Meet the Racists!

If the racists are trying to mask their hatred, the NY Times story makes for the kind of advertising you just can't buy.

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Notes Photo November 15, 2016

A Brief Visual History of the Bullet-Riddled Emmett Till Memorial Sign

It's important to place the viral Facebook photograph of the riverbank sign in a historical perspective. That starts with the famous casket photo published in Jet after Till's family insisted that he be seen.

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Notes Photo October 27, 2016

Trump Rally Wear Update: Black Guns Matter

It takes a particularly provocative t-shirt these days to merit special attention. Like this one.

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Notes Photo October 19, 2016

Not Your Father’s Black Panthers: On Election ’16 and the Youngs

In this bleak campaign season, it’s wonderful to be reminded how much less of our old baggage young people are carrying around.

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Notes Photo October 3, 2016

News Photos of Police Protests: More Profiling of Black Males

What we're seeing in these photo galleries is a replay of the stereotype associating young black men with criminal and savages.

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Notes Photo September 15, 2016

What’s Already Incredible about the African-American History Museum

From John Carlos and TommySmith to Colin Kaepernick, the dynamic of this museum is already poignant to observe.

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Notes Photo August 26, 2016

What Do They Have to Lose? And Other Scenes from the Trump Debacle

With Trump all about amplifying stereotypes, Reuters has surfaced an image that primes the palette.

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