I came home to

I came home to find Madeline. Dorothea, Liam, and Yuna were “cabin camping” at Lake Maria State Park with Liz. After Madeline and I had sandwiches and chips for dinner, I headed out for the Free Thursdays at the Walker. She didn’t want to go.

We had a little bit of conversation about the Restorative Justice thing that she is going through at shool. One of the girls in her French Immersion group, the remains of which have now been together for nine years, is effectively bullying three of the other girls. The bully has apologized, but doesn’t want to go any further. The next step is for a mediated one-on-one between the bully girl and each of the others. The others, including Madeline, and she is quite clear on this, want to confront the bully girl as a group. Not right. I am very proud of the steps that Madeline has taken thus far.

The Walker. Below is what I typed into my pager. When I got there, a good size group of people was booking through the galleries, on its way to the back of the museum. So, I picked up my pace and followed them. The destination was a reading/theatrical presentation by a group of five black women. Four younger women sat on tall stools. The fifth woman, older and separately introduced as being a playwright of distinction, after some introduction, proceeded to read through a play, something Aunt Jemimah.

Disturbing.

The exhibit was of art by a woman, Kara Walker. The techniques were 19th century–“cycloramas” and black silhouette cut-outs. charictures of black and slave owners. Overtly sexual, overtly violent. The second paragraph below is things that I typed in while watching a narrative film, an interview with the artist. She moved with her parents to Georgia as a child, and lived near a place called Still Mountain, where there is a Confederate version of Mount Rushmore. I thought that I had problems. Add black, female, and I wouldn’t be suprised, lesbian. Yuck.

free thursday at the walker. disturbing, nightmare stuff really. kara walker and the depiction of the n word. other works to expressionism gore and ugliness. watch out.

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