racism after death
The Nation has an interesting article about the fate of predominantly Black cemeteries. The issue is that Black cemeteries rarely have endowments and their associated families and churches often confront tough times. The result is that many cemeteries go into disarray, sometimes turning into abandoned lots where people throw rubbish. From the article:
It’s the same across the United States. “This is the situation we observe: There’s a black cemetery on the other side of the hill, and it began around the same time as the white one, and the white one is in fine shape—the black one is not,” says Michael Trinkley, whose South Carolina–based Chicora Foundation conducts archeological studies of cemeteries. Their decline is tied directly to past and present patterns of investment: Memorials to white lives are left in trust, padded with private and public wealth; collective memorials to black lives fall into the red financially and slip from view. “The underlying problem is that black cemeteries have been left without the resources necessary to operate,” Trinkley notes.
The part that rubs me the wrong way is that many public institutions will pay to maintain Confederate cemeteries. Says volumes.