Teaching the Controversy

79th St and Central Park West, New York

The plaque says, “Addressing the Statue,” and notes that while some love the historic statue, others abhor the clear subservient stance of the Native and African American.

In fact, the plaque does not so much address the statue’s problematic nature as leverage it to invite visitors to enter the museum “to learn more,” one of the natural long-term outcomes of Ronald Reagan’s charge to mediate everything in the marketplace.

A few months ago the statue was surrounded by stanchions to keep anti-racists at bay. Evidently the Museum has calculated that zealousness to have abated.

Graffiti

Looking back, it seems like 2002 was the first time it dawned on me that I could use the family Kodak point-n-shoot digital (2 MP) for more than just recording family events. I took the camera out and walked up and down the street looking for opportunities while my SLRs continued their slumber in the back of the closet.

West 99th Street, New York