Street Photographer Devin Allen & ENDPAIN Collaborate for Change

Photo by Devin Allen

If it’s true that white people don’t want to see black people as equals, how do we change that? How do we work together to challenge that way of being?

ENDPAIN. The name, intrepid and jarring, may read like something you’d see on a wilting sign in Chinatown or in the subject line of a junk email, but the online editorial platform dedicated to sharing stories and tools for dismantling paradigms driven by fear, shame, and guilt, is everything but.

“It’s not pain itself we’re trying to end,” founder, Alison Hersel explains, “but the social stigmas that create pain and alienation.”

ENDPAIN’s mission statement is bold: we’re a network of individuals re-imaging the way we think about, talk about, and process pain. What falls under the platform’s definition of “pain” is understood by their wide variety of narratives ranging from cancer and disease to societal stigmas surrounding race, disability, and suicide.

Devin Allen, photographer behind the iconic images of the Baltimore Riots, published a photo essay and poem this week on the platform to coincide with the release of his book, “A Beautiful Ghetto,” and to promote his non-profit that gives cameras to Baltimore youths.

Allen’s poem, which can be read now on the site, may seem dividing to some at first read, with a verse stating, “White people hates us because they see us as equals but don’t want to.” Hersel, however, who wrote a piece to coincide with Allen’s, sees these sorts of polarizing ideas as a way to open a dialogues around difficult or “painful” subjects, without invalidating anyone’s experiences.

“I wrote to Devin: ‘If it’s true that white people don’t want to…

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