Presented by the College of Liberal Arts
“The Black Lives Matter movement is an international effort, created out of a necessity to assert the radical belief that the lives of Black people matter. So, of what real value is a public monument to a Black person living in a nation where inanimate objects commemorating the institution of slavery have more legal protection than a child?” TK Smith’s “Towards a Monumental Black Body” originally appeared in ART PAPERS Spring 2020 and tackles the problems and potentials for the representations of Black people on the American landscape. Focusing on the concept of citizenship, Smith interrogates Confederate monuments and symbolisms within the built environment to reveal how monuments reflect social inequalities and structural racism.
“Towards a Monumental Black Body” by TK Smith: https://www.artpapers.org/toward-a-monumental-black-body/
Caroline Randall Williams, “You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument (NYT): https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html
Chris Stewart, “What If Your Entire School System Was the Racist Monument That Should Come Down?” (Education Post): https://educationpost.org/what-if-your-entire-school-system-was-the-racist-monument-that-should-come-down/?fbclid=IwAR1XfSXU6YETCoYTqjn9xQMH0RjWC9fNUtkQwAnGOgovTBx3m_CrFUlcB0M
Roxane Gay, “How To Build a Monument” (WePresent): https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/roxane-gay-on-monuments/?fbclid=IwAR1bfeDOdXo3Weu2UoVtkUJaZELoAHE7IDLVq_LlPJau2N13EiJYVzY71zM
Interview with Hasan Jeffries (Vox): https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/it-s-white-supremacy-normalized-a-historian-on-why-stone-mountain-should-come-down/ar-BB175Xbi