When George Floyd was killed, or Freddie Gray or Michael Brown there is intense, widespread outrage and mass protests but then things die down until the next murder. The Dragon Panel Project connects these isolated events, touches people’s hearts and brings awareness that it is part of a system.
Sundown towns are not just places where something racist happened. It is an entire community (or even county) that for decades was “all white” on purpose. “All white” is in quotes because some towns allowed one black family to remain when they drove out the rest. A town may have been sundown once, but now is not. Ferguson, MO, was a sundown town between 1940 and 1960. By 2014, when racial conflict famously erupted, like some other “recovering” sundown towns, it still displayed “second generation sundown town problems”
Inevitably, when the United States sneezes, Black America catches a cold. And this is no ordinary sneeze and no ordinary cold.