This work examines how the physical form of landscape in the Black Belt region of Alabama reinforces racism and captures the resultant conflict. It is my belief the landscape creates a negative value of "civic equality”, where and how racial conflict occurs is documented by video, photographs and drawings. This work examines how the landscape in the Black Belt region of Alabama reinforces racism and documents conflict. How racial conflict occurs is documented by video, photographs and drawings. Communities are segregated according to race, civic space often anchored by confederate monuments and compositions of towns deny one race economic participation. The idea being that two different psychological spaces emerge from a singular landscape. This dynamic reinforces racism and acceptance of segregation being a hidden transcript contributing to racial conflict. I believe the physical form prohibits “civic equality”. W.E.B. Dubois described a “color line” in the Souls of Black Folks being invisible but a physical phenomena. I document this in a series of figure ground drawings that per Williams, distill the formal aspects of community, to isolate the segregated community’s civic space and shared public space where conflict occurs. Dubois observed races meet on uneven ground in the black belt region of Alabama, “ in nearly every Southern town and city, both whites and blacks commonly see the worst of each other.”
The goal of this project was to determine if a student’s essay description of her community in south Alabama was true. Her experience of segregation and racism sumamrized in her ending sentence, "it's a damn shame". And is this the “color line” Dubois observed and to explore the role the physical form of this landscape plays in reinforcing racism.