Why Black people look blue in the moonlight: an examination of how Barry Jenkins film Moonlight (2016) reunites the image of Black people’s bodies with water

Sarah Powell
A recent study highlighted that 70 percent of African Americans could not swim (Diaz-Duran, 2017), with drowning rates being far higher in Black communities than in white. The origin of this alarming statistic can be traced back to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and cemented itself during segregation which forcibly divorced the image of the back body and water. It is these historical events that have led to the above statistic and the subsequent stereotype...
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