The Black Boys of Dozier – Mother Jones

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As part of a project on modern day forms of slavery, I followed a group of black men who returned to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. They recalled being taken from their homes as children and sent to this school, which was more like a slave camp. Thousands of young boys, both black and white, were sent to Dozier over the years. Sometimes it was for truancy, or petty theft, sometimes no reason was given at all. Many journalists have covered this story and their reporting helped expose wrongdoing, injustice and brutality. But through it all, the stories of the black men, who received far harsher treatment, were relegated to the sidelines. Because of their diligent efforts to be heard, their story is now told in a piece published in Mother Jones magazine and on line today.

I sought these men out and followed them as they revisited the institution. They spoke about the permanent scars of this kind of racism, terror and humiliation, and how
it changed how they looked, spoke, and moved through the world. Their stories, and how they no longer felt safe in a white world that showed them violence, reminds me of how young black men from Ramarley Graham to Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis, to the thousands of New Yorkers stopped and frisked by New York Police, are still living the legacy of slavery.

Work a day, get a minute. Preparing for Dublin Contemporary.


Seven years of photographs cut down to 60 images.
Four years of sound files cut to 56 clips laid down over 6 tracks.
A week of Final Cut madness. (thank you the ever patient Sandra Roa editor extraordinaire)
The result: Homeland 4:03 minutes. Digital Video.
Premieres September 5, 2011

Burn pits – the story of Tim Wymore

The U.S. military has created scores of toxic dump sites across Iraq and Afghanistan. Known as burn pits, these trash heaps burn night and day. Lit by jet fuel,
they spew clouds of black smoke over US bases and civilian landscapes. Hundreds, if not thousands of servicemen and women are returning home sick with respiratory problems, skin rashes, and in some cases, tumors and auto immune diseases. Some have died. A class action suit against the company contracted to dispose of trash — Kellogg, Brown and Root and Halliburton — is proceeding in federal court. The suit claims that KBR constructed open air burn pits rather than incinerators in order to increase their profit. KBR is claiming that the military was in charge. The Veterans Administration has asked doctors to look for environmental exposure when determining a diagnosis. Veterans advocates are suggesting that exposure to burn pits may be this generations’s “agent orange,” the defoliant used in Vietnam which contained dioxin.

Here is the story of one veteran who worked in and around the Balad burn pit.