A Musical Evening. Carl Herpfer (German, 1836-1897). Oil on canvas.
Herpfer tells the story of an upper-class German family and friends socializing with music. Two ladies sing while a gentleman plays the lute. Herpfer was skilled at providing a high level of detail, here seen on the table, in the clothing. and on the floor. Herpfer’s fabrics are wonderful, in the drapes, tablecloth, and folds in the dresses.
This photo was taken less than four months after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Public schools in Baltimore opened with black and white students in the same classrooms. Charles Thompson, the only black pupil at Public School No. 27, is greeted by his new classmates. (1954)
Children are taught hate
the answer to end racism (or least, one of), also happens to be the biggest challenge to doing so. Though bigotry, superiority, and Privilege are all learned; how can there be an intervention at the grassroots levels of childhood, when their hate for us is an inheritance that continues to be passed down to new generations?
It’s an enigma I will dedicate my life to unravelling. This photograph is beautiful..and a warm reminder of what we’re capable of.