Times Insider explains who we are and what we do and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. When my story about a Wisconsin county’s struggle over whether to declare itself a “community for all” was published last month, I knew it might be uncomfortable for some readers.
I’d never heard of the racial-dot map, another iteration of this country’s obsession with category. As if Crispus Attucks, Black and Native American, didn’t become part of this nation when he took the first bullet in that revolution. Maps that convince you that we are in a sea of anything
“VIBES,” SAYS ARTHUR JAFA, clicking through images on a screen in his Los Angeles studio, all part of an extended mood board for a future project — photographs from the Harlem Renaissance, glamorous black-and-whites of vintage cars and fashion, work by Roy DeCarava — “more vibes.” It’s the morning after