This morning I toured two school groups through the Annie Leibovitz show. We stopped and talked about a number of portraits of people that I thought they would recongize. One was the image of Chris Rock in whiteface, top hat and circus-y tux. Not one of the kids ntoiced that his face was painted white. They observed his expression, the enviornment, his clothing, but never the change inthe color of his skin.
Further on in the exhibit, there is an image of Bush’s first cabinet, where the first term Bush is standing in the oval office surrounded by his colleagues. One child out of the two classes knew who Dick Cheney was. This same child also knew that one of those faces had to be Rumsfeld. Several of the kids thought that Condoleeza Rice was the first lady. I saw the amused faces of the adult patrons in the back of my school group.