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Day After Day…

Back in the 1800′s, it was practice to catalog bodies. “These ‘sciences’ believed that the outward physical human body could be read for signs of inward moral, intellectual, and social development.” After reading Practices of Looking, I headed to the 60′s from the 60′s exhibit at the George Eastman House. So many images made me linger for a minute or two, but I really liked this one because it just struck me as the highest form of irony.

Without even having to read the caption accompanying it (BENEDICT J. FERNANDEZ; RIOTS, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, AUGUST 1967), I automatically knew this photo was from the era of the sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement. The style of dress, the vintage newspaper in the window, the advertisement on the front of the restaurant, and the black man’s demeanor all gave it away. The text stated that some would classify people on reproduction success by their race/genetics/appearance, and during this time period blacks were struggling to gain acceptance in American society when they were always looked down upon before.

“Day after day…” could really be the motto of this man here.

Andi

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