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Riotous Repertoire
Jovan Scott Lewis
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In the collection of photographs by Tulsa-based photographer Joseph Rushmore, we are presented with images showing the survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre, the mass burial sites of its victims, and an image of a quiet protest demanding reparations for the event. Those images, which evoke the trauma, struggle, and continued hope of a ravaged Black community, sit alongside those of the 2021 January 6th Capitol Riot in Washington, D.C. Notions of patriotism, however, distorted: MAGA-inflected fascism, and the challenging of an always and already compromised American democracy, are clearly conveyed by Rushmore.

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