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Racism and police

By Juni 6, 2020 Juni 12th, 2020 No Comments

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Racism and police violence

Creators who care: they repeat it again and again #blacklivesmatter
Last weekend marked the start of mass protests against racism and police brutality in Austin, USA. People demand justice for the murders of George Floyd, Michael Ramos, and many other people who have been killed through the fault of police brutality.

BlackLivesMatter protests are arousing people not only from the USA but from the whole planet. All social networks are filled with posts expressing anger, despair, and a call to protest against racism and police violence. Most of them are illustrated only with a black square but there is so much under it. Many artists have found the strength to create illustrations and to make documentary photos that are so necessary during the pandemic. Meet the works and their authors that have collected thousands of views and reposts in social media and visualized what is hidden under a simple black square.

Stormy Nesbit
Credits: Instagram account @_stormae

An illustrator and designer with roots in the Midwest. Her illustrations are dedicated to the strength and struggle of the Black communities living in America.

Patrick McAllister
Credits: Instagram account @i_ampatrick
A professional photographer living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“To Protect + Serve WHO?” None of us is free until all of us are free”.

Nikkolas Smith

Credits: Instagram account @nikkolas_smith
An artist based in Los Angeles, California.

“George Floyd’s life mattered. His killer, Derek Chauvin has just been arrested as he should’ve been days ago. Chauvin’s arrest is not justice, and his conviction will only be a fraction of justice. Black lives in this country are being destroyed by a virus of racism, fear, and hatred. It is up to everyone to take a stand and actively work to tear down this centuries-old pandemic. NOW. Art for @blklivesmatter #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorge #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd

Mark Clennon

Credits: Instagram account @mark.c
A photographer living in Harlem.

“Sometimes doing the most is necessary. stop looting our black lives”.

CB.Hoyo

Credits: Instagram account @cbhoyo
A Europe-based artist.

“Your lack of action will make you an accomplice, stand up against injustice!! FUCK RACISM!! FUCK DISCRIMINATION!! 🖕🖕🖕”

Ray H. Mercado

Credits: Instagram account @raylivez
A self-taught photographer exploring New York City.

“No justice No peace”

Shirien Damra

Credits: Instagram account @shirien.creates
An illustrator based in Chicago.

“Yesterday, in yet another act of anti-black police violence causing mass outrage, George Floyd yelled “I can’t breathe” and pleaded for his life as a white Minneapolis police officer violently pinned him down with his knee on his neck. George died after. He was murdered in broad daylight. His death is reminiscent of the death of Eric Garner. Even with a crowd yelling at him to stop and while folks filmed the murder, the cop did it anyway, showing the massive injustice, zero accountability and white supremacy embedded in the “criminal justice” system. Heartbroken, angry and disgusted. This must end. Much love and solidarity to Black communities grieving another beautiful life lost. 

May George Floyd Rest in Power.

Text ‘Floyd’ to 55156 to demand the officers be charged with murder. You can also call Mayor Jacob Frey at (612)-673-2100, DA Mike Freeman at (612)-348-5550 and demand justice. #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd #icantbreathe #justiceforgeorgefloyd

Billydeee

Credits: Instagram account @billydeee
An artist based in New York City.

“My skin shouldn’t be my death sentence”.

Tori Press

Credits: Instagram account @revelatori
An artist based in Los Angeles, California.

“To my fellow white people: if you are sitting in judgment and condemnation of the protests going on in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, I urge you to look at and reflect on the many, many peaceful protests against systemic racism and police brutality that have gone on in recent years, and how they have been received. I urge you to do the uncomfortable thing by putting yourself in the hopelessly frustrated, righteously furious shoes of the people of color that have been demanding justice for centuries, of honestly examining how you might feel and respond in the same situation, of considering that sometimes a peaceful avenue to meaningful change does not exist. And if you want to see change, as you should, I urge you to do the difficult but critical, unavoidable work of exploring the ways you have benefited from and upheld a racist and unjust system…”

This is far from the end. 

If you are self-isolated but still want to support the protest, express your feelings via social media or donate to Black Lives Matter organization here. It was founded by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi in 2013 – right after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American teenager from Miami Gardens, Florida. Remember, love and support are the strongest weapons against racism.