White Shoes

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Nona Faustine, Over my Dead Body, Tweed Courthouse (Built on top of the African Burial Ground). Courtesy of the artist

Although the South is often the focus of the history of slavery in America, New York City has a very racist ideological past. At one point in the 18th century, it is estimated that 20 percent of the population of New York City were slaves. This past has informed the present, because New York City has one of the most segregated schools in the Nation, as well as a policy of law enforcement and economics that puts black communities at odds with the rest of the city. If facts and statistics won’t catch your attention, Brooklyn based artist Nona Faustine will.

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