The Defacement of Racist Statues Is a Renegotiation of Power

An interview with art curator Chaédria LaBouvier

Morgan Jerkins
ZORA

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A photo of a vandalized statue of King Leopold II in Belgium. It is covered in red paint and graffiti.
A vandalized statue of King Leopold II in Belgium. The statue was vandalized in early June — and several times in the past in Ghent — and was removed on June 30, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Ever since the George Floyd protests have rippled across the world, we have been experiencing reckonings with the past and present on a daily basis. Whether it’s networks removing blackface episodes, executives resigning after allegations of racism and silencing in the workplace…

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Morgan Jerkins
ZORA

Morgan Jerkins is the Senior Editor at ZORA and a New York Times bestselling author. Her debut novel, “Caul Baby,” will be published by Harper in April 2021.