The wrongful murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police has proven a tipping point in the attitudes and actions of many Americans. Protesters around the country have taken to the streets, during an unprecedented pandemic, to demonstrate their commitment to securing for Black Americans the basic rights and protections that every person should have. We share in their hurt and anger.

It was nearly seven years ago that Dianne Harris penned a poignant essay for the Society of Architectural Historians titled “Race, Space, and Trayvon Martin.”1 In this essay, Harris describes the way that the structures and ideologies of anti-Black racism were made material in the...

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