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White people don’t seem to think about being white or “raced.” They don’t have to think about it. That’s just my take, from what I’ve observed. When you get into a discussion with someone white about race, either one or two things happen: It either peters out and there’s nothing to say; or there’s everything to say and you say nothing. It seems there isn’t a common ground where you can take a position and maybe have some back and forth, yeah, and maybe it gets a little fractious. So what!?

William Pope.L in an interview with Martha Wilson published in Bomb

  

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William Pope.L: Black People Are Cropped

Skin Set Drawings 1997–2011

Edited by Clément Dirié. Text by Iain Kerr, Helen Molesworth, William Pope.L.

Featured image, "Yellow People Are Sterile" (03/17/2003), by William Pope.L, is reproduced from <I>Black People Are Cropped</I>.“When Pope.L shakes his head he makes drawings that keep him from laugh-crying to death,” writes Helen Molesworth of Skin Set Drawings, an ongoing series by multi-disciplinary artist William Pope.L (born 1955). Made with very humble materials, this extended corpus deals with the absurdities and perversities of intentional language, especially racist language and language associated with categorizing and naming color. “Black People Are Taut,” “Brown People Are the Green Ray,” “Blue People Are What We Do to Homosexuals,” “Red People Are From Mars Green People Are From New Jersey,” “Purple People Are Reason Bicarbonate,” “Red People Are the Niggers of the Canyon” are some examples of this highly-charged series by the self-proclaimed “friendliest black artist in America.” Black People Are Cropped offers a selection of drawings from 1997–2011, sketches, critical texts and the artist’s own writing.

Featured image, "Yellow People Are Sterile" (03/17/2003), by William Pope.L, is reproduced from Black People Are Cropped.

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William Pope.L (b. 1955, New Jersey) is a visual and performance-theater artist and educator who makes culture out of contraries and confronts issues of race, sex, power, consumerism, and social class. Among his best-known works are the "crawls," a series of performances staged since 1978, in which he inches his way through busy city streets on his belly, back, hands, and knees in an attempt to draw attention to the plight of those members of society who are least empowered. He has been making multi-disciplinary works since the 1970s, and has exhibited internationally. He now lives and works in Chicago.

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