“Help End the Silence” This is the first first piece of political art I’ve made in a while… For context, here’s a quote from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (an excerpt from “Letter from Birmingham Jail” 16 April 1963):
"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your
methods of direct action;” who paternalistically feels he can set the
timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.“
Sadly after 50 years this is still true. White allies have a very important role in social justice and equality! Being a good ally helps us, helps people facing injustice & helps our society as a whole. If you want to learn about key, simple, actionable things you can do, look up “how to be a good white ally”. #socialjustice #nojusticenopeace #blacklivesmatter #mlkjr #politicalart #lylawarren
On an artistic note, I wanted to comment on how hard this piece was to make. This is not a style I normally create art in but I felt it was best for this message. I had to try and learn the style for the piece. I feel like i have a multiple artistic personality disorder haha. It makes my “brand” all watery. That said, I’m still glad I did it!!