Black Lives Matter / Racism Kills
Football player Colin Kaepernick really made us pay attention to professional football. In silence, he took a knee and lost his career to make people see. Black Lives Matter.
Images of Colin, along with Angela Davis, Trayvon Martin, Breana Taylor and George Floyd were the 5 prints carved and editioned for International Print Day on May 1, 2021. In this year’s litany of black lives taken, George Floyd was a grisly poster child whose murder inspired worldwide protests. The cop who leaned on his neck for 9 plus minutes extinguished the vibrant life of a loving dad, son, uncle, as if he did not matter. Black Lives Matter.
Breonna Taylor slept in her bed. Teen Trayvon Martin had a taste for Skittles. Before and after Floyd, scores of black boys and girls have been murdered by legally enabled cops. As if black children don’t deserve a future to flourish, be foolish, find themselves, become formidable. Black Lives Matter.
In 2020 the project Mapping Police Violence counted 1,127 citizens killed by police, most people of color. Since the 1960s, activist Angela Davis has proclaimed: Racism Kills. Black Lives Matter.
“Racism is so American, that when we protest Racism, people think we protest America.” Not my words, but a prevailing sentiment. Racism Kills, Black Lives Matter.
—Cassandra Stancil Gunkel