Maurice Carlos Ruffin, a native of New Orleans, is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop and a member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance. His work has appeared in Unfathomable City:A New Orleans Atlas, the Bitter Southerner, Garden & Gun, the LA Times, and elsewhere. His first novel, We Cast a Shadow, was published in 2019 and named a New York TimesBook Review Editor’s Choice
Once, in mixed company, another friend and I mentioned how pervasive lynching imagery was. A white friend admitted that she had never seen a single photo. I was shocked, but not surprised. A lynching was a warning. She didn’t need to be warned.