June 17, 2018
We Are Present (The Outtakes)
Ruddy Roye’s photographs capture the “disparate range of relationships between fathers and sons.” They reflect a seismic shift in domestic arrangements as the reality (and precarious nature) of work has, in many ways, upended traditional gender roles. “Because of the nature of their jobs, black men find themselves playing a major role in their sons lives. They are not just breadwinners. They are nurturers too,” Roye said.
But the persistence of the stereotype of black fathers sheds light on the context within which we must raise our children—especially our sons. They will grow up and we must raise them in a world that has a host of assumptions about who they are and what they are capable of. As if raising children isn’t hard enough, we have to do so with the added burden of preparing them for a racist world. That fact alone often interrupts intimacies. It can make private, black spaces hard and, sometimes, appear unloving.
One photograph shows a Sheriff from Jackson, Mississippi with his son in a jail cell. This father decided that words were not enough. He “had to show him the lessons he was trying to teach him.” He took his son to the morgue to see a bullet-ridden corpse, to the scene of a DUI accident, to the jailhouse—all to teach him the dangers of Jackson.
We comfort our sons when their hearts are broken. Encourage them after a crushing defeat. Criticize their lack of effort. Prod them to do better in school. We are constantly urging them to dream big and that, if they are going to achieve their dreams, we tell them they will have to be twice as good and work twice as hard as everyone else,” extract from an article by Eddie S Glaude in a piece in this current @time magazine issue.
This story is not about exclusion, but a welcoming of a narrative that is either lost or ignored.
Thank you @time for allowing me the opportunity to tell this story.
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