Black Lives Matter and Street Art

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. I cannot rest while I see my black brothers and sisters being hurt because of institutional racism that is so engrained in our society. I don’t even know where to begin. I had to do something. I initially wanted to write a post to give some exposure to the street artists depicting the victims of injustice in the US at the hands of the police. I selected some art work but, there are so many to chose from. I will ad more later and I apologise if I don’t have all the proper credits yet. I wanted to talk about how street art can help people grieve in difficult times of sorrow. I believe in the healing power of art and how remembering the names of the victims in our minds keeps our memories fresh so that we can effect real change in the world.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 03: Graffiti artist Akse spray paints a mural of George Floyd in Manchester’s northern quarter on June 03, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Pinata Rodney King – Bansky
Bansky

A woman walks past a street poster artwork by Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende aka “TVBOY” depicting George Floyd with angel wings and holding a stop traffic sign against racism, in a street of Barcelona on May 31, 2020. – US citizen George Floyd, who died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, has become a fresh symbol of police brutality against blacks. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION – TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)
Solidarity for George Floyd in Palestinian territory

 

 

 

 

Bristol – Photo Credit: Martin Booth
Protesters outside Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was shot (AP)

The effects of racism are everywhere. In Tottenham where I live, I saw graffiti art denouncing the higher proportion of BAME deaths due to COVID. The government up to this day is till to give an explanation.

I saw all the protests happening around the world and wanted to witness first hand what was going on in London so, I went on Friday to a #BLM protest and educate myself. Even though we are still officially in the middle of a pandemic I thought this was more important. What I saw was peaceful a protest and not what is portrayed in the media. The message is simple: institutional racism leads to poverty, poverty leads to crime, crime leads to violence. To eradicate institutional racism this we must first educate ourselves and effect change in society. It’s not just simply about racism (I would need another post for this) it’s also about other forms of injustice. Change must come from all of us no matter who you are and what you believe in because if black lives don’t matter then, nobody’s life really matters.

BLM Protest Trafalgar Square London 12 June 2020 Photo Credit: Pierluigi Vecchi
BLM Protest Trafalgar Square London 12 June 2020 Photo Credit: Pierluigi Vecchi
BLM Protest Trafalgar Square London 12 June 2020 Photo Credit: Pierluigi Vecchi

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