This, my people, is where we find ourselves this very moment. History has been mis-written in our minds to make it seem that full integration is the only road open to us, to make it seem like this is the only road we have taken; that this is the only road we know how to take.


I do not doubt the reality and power of artistic empathy. But any true empathy would have shown Schutz that as a White person, she is part of the cabal that created the bloated, broken body in her painting. As someone for whom this act was ostensibly done, her place in the story was in the barn where Emmett was tortured and murdered, with the lynchers, not in the funeral home with his mother.