catch 22

I’m an artist, power of image blah, blah, blah; I have a serious problem with the media showing – ad nauseam – video of Black men being killed by police officers. On the other hand, I suppose it is hard to believe we are (still) being hunted without this type of ‘proof’.

When Morrison’s father was 14 or 15, two black businessmen who lived on his street were lynched in succession, and afterward, he left the South and by a circuitous route headed to Ohio. Morrison said: “He never told us that he’d seen bodies. But he had seen them. And that was too traumatic, I think, for him.”

from Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s NYT article The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison