Ok, some progress here.
First of all after reading a bit of Das Capital, you have to read the criticisms of Marx in order to debunk Marx, then the rest of RC re-evaluation co-counseling crumbles.
Here's a good one [www.hoover.org
Here's a really cool one [www.intellectualtakeout.org
The rest comes from scientology and sort of promises what Gabor Mate is promising -- reconnect with your true self forever, which is a kind of permanent state of stoned sobriety.
Now. Back to American Pictures -- it *IS* a thinly veiled appropriation and nothing more. It is hundreds of years of suffering dressed up in co-counseling theory.
Here is an interesting essay ironically on the site itself written by the very successful and eloquent Sandra Ruffin
Googling that american-pictures site for the words "whiteness" and "blackness" only yield Ruffin's essay. That should have been a red flag but I don't think she was aware.
Her terminology fits right into the current vogue of compulsory DEI training, whiteness blackness privilege etc.
However she was somehow unaware of just what Jacob had perpetrated with the RC marxist theory dress up. I think based on her essay, if I can see it's appropriation, then obviously she would. I think she would drop the whole artistic appreciation thing.
The pictures are powerful and we don't see them ever. That's no excuse. It's too bothersome this connection with mind control cult.
Finally to complete my daily Virtue Signaling, yeah, this RC rubbish is making its way into the BLM movement. Just google co-counseling black america distress patterns oppression especially "oppressor role". You'll find it.
The point is nobody has ever achieved this permanent state of sober psychedelic stonedness by attempting to "shake" and cry etc. when presented with contradictions to your patterns of thinking etc. presumably installed by distressful experiences when you were young.
Looking up PTSD and co-counseling there is nothing. Despite the fact that PTSD seems to be the model of brain that the RC and scientology psychology adhere to.
In conclusion I can finally drop all the RC crap and just go back to doing what I was doing before I met my psychotic girlfriend (who was tormented by all variety of micro-aggressions perpetrated by others up until her suicide on the railroad tracks one evening in a posh revitalized downtown in america a few years ago, these problems stemming from heavy use of psychedelics in college and well maybe they read her journals and mocked her, who knows, look there's a person whistling, is that a micro-aggression? who knows? somebody spat. was that about me?).
So this stuff can't be used for brownie points in your compulsory DEI training. You will not "signal virtue" you will only look like a fool.
Seems like my whole life is virtue signalling. There's nothing but a black hole and a bunch of virtue signalling. Anybody else claim they have a "true self"?
Just like the black hole of my relationships, it crashes to the ground and you either walk away or try to climb back up, or just hang around and see what the present moment brings in the wreckage.
Just find the something you enjoyed before you got sucked into all these relationship trainwrecks. It's not your effing problem, and apparently they don't want you to talk -- they only want your cash.
Whatever the solution is, it's not American Pictures.