Content Warning: Lewd screenshots below. This essay also discusses a depiction that could be interpreted as sexual trauma. Though I explain why there is a more likely interpretation, I wanted to warn any readers for which this discussion might be triggering.

Historians estimate that around 1 in 4 cowboys were Black and were part of settler colonialism to some extent

Collage made from photos of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, Courtesy Art T. Burton; actor Idris Elba in the film “Concrete Cowboys; Brianna Noble, photo by Noah Berger

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a journalist from Chicago. UVA & USC. Taught media and communication at DePaul & Salem State. Twitter: @journojoshua

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