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Everybody wants to be black until they see our reality #PrayersForCharleston #sickandtired #AmericaDoBetter #Stop

Imagine a disaster scenario in New York City,
something Alternative Unknown. The police are
enforcing a strict regime of control, monitoring,
and quarantining when necessary. The purpose
of an infection checkpoint is to identify
individuals who could pose a threat to public
health. But it’s also an easy way to target people
who are perceived as a threat for other reasons.
It only takes a quick glance at Vine, IG, or
Twitter to see how easy it is to appropriate
black culture — to mimic it, to misunderstand
it, to shamelessly wear it as one’s own. But this
is fairweather solidarity. It is the convenient
appropriation of another identity. “Everybody
wants to be black until they see our reality,”
says @marquesword, and no one wants to be
black as they swipe and file past the watching
eyes of the NYPD at Canal Street with a big red
‘X’ painted on their backs.
LOST CAUSE INC presents The Red X, a
campaign that uses the words of discontented
tweeters to serve as a field guide for navigating
the unspoken nuances of racial profiling. What
is it, exactly, that makes someone a target?
Part digital activism, part consultancy — LOST
CAUSE INC is a platform for critical works that
explore and provoke the nature of protest in
social media. LOST CAUSE INC aggregates,
archives and revives the “lost” protests of
Twitter by collecting tweets with the hashtags
#angry, #problems, and #stop and turning
them into integrated brand campaigns.

New work by LOST CAUSE INC, on view at apexart
in New York City, Nov 5–Dec 19

Lana Z Porter
Designer & ethnographer
Channing Ritter
Interactive designer & strategist
Reference links:
Alternative Unknowns exhibition website
City Lab review

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