If you watch Gossip Girl, you could be forgiven for thinking that only white people are allowed to have a life on the Upper East Side. A couple of weeks ago, the front cover of New York Magazine titled it the best show ever, announcing "what it gets right about New York". What it certainly doesn't get right is the ethnic mix that is so inherent to what makes our city what it is. There is nothing New York about a bunch of perfectly groomed over-privileged teenagers who live in a timewarp back to the 1930's when everyone pretty much stuck to their own race. Furthermore, glorifying these types of scenarios speaks largely to America's "White-Is-Right" syndrome, making caucasians the inherent superior race and ignoring the fact that pretty soon they will actually become a minority in this country (when Hispanics/Latin-Americans become the majority).
Perhaps it is I that is the naive one thinking of my multi-colored world as the norm? Perhaps the fact that they shut down my exhibitions still has not hit me yet? Could it be that as my "The Assassination of Hillary Clinton" installation alluded to three months ago, racism is alive and well, not just in the south or in the Bible belt but inside of us all?