Category Archives: race

YOU BET I WOULD by Peter Nolan Smith

During our 2009 trip through the American Midlands filming Barry Flanagan statues Brock Dundee and I detoured from our route to meet Colonel Rockford Ret. in Iowa City. The three of us began the evening at a sports bar. The bartender had just returned from his third tour in Iraq. We toasted his return with […]

The Police Versus The Us

Over a year ago 19 year-old Michael Wilson was shot dead by a Ferguson Missouri police officer. Darren Wilson claimed the stocky high school senior charged at him after an altercation about walking in the middle of a street. Darren Wilson was cleared of any charges by a grand jury setting off a firestorm of […]

GUNS GUNS GUNS by Peter Nolan Smith

American boys loved guns in the 50s. Plastic weapons lay gift-wrapped under the Christmas tree. Our movie heroes slaughtered the country’s enemies on the silver screen and TV cops performed gun ballets on prime time. Guns were good for the country and America was good to guns. Armed with air rifles my older brother, our […]

American Justice

To anyone who thinks America has solved its problem with racial hatred and inequality, these two photos tell the truth.

The Racism Of Hipsters

The cult of modern hipsters was birthed by the gentrification of New York’s Williamsburg. The men wore vests, plaid shirts, new jeans, and bushy beards. The women dressed normal. Beards got longer. The look was popularized by TV and Hollywood. The peak period lasted from 1999 to 2009, however the hipsters remained in hipster drag […]