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Can I look at this? Watching Media of Racial Violence

Krista Lynes


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Krista Lynes is a racialized white non-binary middle aged person with short platinum hair and large black framed glasses. They wear a black shirt and navy pin-striped jacket and are seated at a desk with a bookshelf in the background.

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Can I look at this?

with Krista Lynes

Krista Lynes is associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies at Concordia University.

In this video


Anti-Black racism

Race, Media, Technology

Lynes examines the limits and the powers of images and how we might be held responsible for the vulnerability of members of our community persecuted on the basis of their race, gender, sexuality, or citizenship status.

Lynes asks the question: What do we do about footage and images of police violence in our contemporary moment?

Taking action

  • Humanize and empathize with individuals in images

  • Understand how images can dehumanize

  • Be reflexive of your positionality as a spectator


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