The Death Of National Mourning For Black Lives Essay

1088 Words Jul 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Let’s consider Rankine’s notion that sustained periods of “national mourning for black lives” is crucial, not only for revealing their subjugation, but for changing society’s consciousness about them. In other words, let’s examine the whole idea that, if we view more images of the slain, hear more interviews with grieving family members, have more national discussions about the dead and slain, that this will reveal more about their subjugation and reverse the tide of violence against them. There are some problems with Rankine’s position that this essay is going to call into question. ========================= Of course, Rankine’s position sounds logical. By exposing someone to images and stories of slain black lives, the viewer learns more about the person in the stories and pictures. The victim is no longer anonymous and the viewer to the loss gains more context about the situation. The viewer realizes, in a more vivid way, that the victim was not some anonymous figure or statistic but someone with a history, a social life, bonds that linked them into culture and society. ========================= But does more exposure necessarily expose people to why the problem of race is critical? Which images and which stories of the slain will we be exposed to? Will they all have the same effect? But even more pressing, we should ask, if by simply upping the exposure we only decrease our proximity to the media organizations providing us the information, and not necessarily…

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