Old painting, new wheatpaste.
In 2011, I began a series of paintings called Victim of American Fear.(The title is from this article by Adam Serwer for The Prospect. As an illustrator, I’m often inspired to create a painting from something I’ve read.)
The series was meant to address the killings of black people that happen when people find themselves afraid of black people just because they are black. Think Trayvon Martin. Think Oscar Grant.
Also think Renisha McBride. If I continue this series, I’ll want to include a black woman.
After the recent killings of more black bodies, I decided to try these paintings out on the street as wheatpastes.
Critiquing my own work, I do think these paintings are a little over-literal, with the gun targets covering the bodies. I don’t mean to be provocative just for the sake of it. But I do think it’s a strong image.
These are pasted in Newark.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has targeted a section of Detroit called The Grand River Creative Corridor and deemed the work of both local and traveling artists “blight”. He’s ticketed the owners of numerous buildings, (one of which is a thriving art gallery housing artists, publishers, musicians, and creators), potentially displacing them if their landlord can’t pony up 8 grand. Derek Weaver, who started the GRCC in 2012 and several others were detained last week by four cops and the PBS film crew traveling with him had their cameras and equipment temporarily seized.
This is NOT okay.
The artists and volunteers involved with the GRCC have taken an area of this city and made it something beautiful and inspiring. It’s a destination for artists and tourists alike. Instead of focusing on more pressing issues, like razing abandoned buildings near schools and maintaining public parks and recreation centers, he’s chosen to target art.
Contact the Mayor’s office at 313-224-3400 and remind him that there are better ways to spend his time and the city’s money.
Read more about it here:
I wonder how feminists will react to this
Probably ignore it then go back to making male tears mugs and gifs
Actually this is a very common idea among feminists
It’s something feminists have been talking about for years it’s called toxic masculinity and it’s one of the common threads among the topic of ‘Patriarchy hurts men too’. If fact the first time I read about toxic masculinity was on a feminist blog.
If you actually read things feminists talk about instead of straw manning them you might know this but OH WELL
No one asked, but:
What does a black person think of The Whiteness Project, a documentary about being white in America?
First off, we’re glad they deleted their twitter account (after only amassing 48 followers) because Black Twitter had their rakes out and someone was about to get dragged.
I think that Whitenessproject.org is an indication of how far we’ve come as a country. It’s incredible that white people FINALLY have a platform, a safe place to discuss the many issues surrounding being white in the United States that have been suppressed by the media. Like, everybody knows that a black man’s car can break down in the wrong part of Texas and 4 days later he’ll be found dead of a “drug overdose” by the local Sheriff. But what about the real struggle of being smiled at by black men on the street? WHAT ABOUT THE VOLUPTUOUS WHITE WOMEN?
#troll hard #Mo’ Privilege Mo’ Problems
Okay, so back in February during the great Polar Vortex, some pipes burst above my apartment damaging the walls and the radiator burst in my daughter’s bedroom which warped her floor so badly that we can’t even use the room. I immediately notified the landlord and was told that they had to wait until spring to make repairs. I continued paying rent until May when I decided that paying for a two bedroom unit when I really had a water damaged one bedroom unit made absolutely zero sense, so I notified the management office both in person and in writing that I would be putting my rent in escrow until repairs were made. Now they’re taking me to court for nonpayment of rent. Most of my neighbors have been forced out in a similar fashion; the new management company won’t repair the units, they just take the tenants to court and have them evicted. Is that what I should expect? I love my place and I don’t want to move, but I’m discouraged and feel like that’s what I’m going to have to do. Does anyone have any experience with Detroit landlord/tenant rights? What should my next step be? I don’t want to put my kid through yet another move in the dead of winter.
detective tim drake, feelings investigator
what if damian wasnt whitewashed as fuck in Son of Batman
What if he’s meant to be in that “whitewashed” colour because he has also chinese lineage and Arabic? Don’t go “Damian is soooooo whitewashed” bs because you don’t know how white an Arabic can be. just don’t..
YEAH THAT’S THE REASON NO WAY IN HELL IS DAMIAN JUST WHITEWASHED
BECAUSE DC HAVE NEVER EVER ERASED POC BEFORE RIGHT
“Don’t go “Damian is soooooo whitewashed” bs because you don’t know how white an Arabic can be.” YES ACTUALLY I DO???? IVE ONLY LIVED IN THE MIDDLE EAST MY WHOLE LIFE I’VE MET 1 OR 2 OR HUNDREDS OF MIDDLE EASTREN PEOPLE (LIKE MY DAD) THAT ARENT THIS PALE
Arabs can have a lot of different shades of skin color like all people obviously but that doesnt make them white and damian in Son of Batman is ABSOLUTLEY meant to be a tiny clone of his white dad while ignoring his other heritage, they didnt make him chinese or lightskinned middle eastren they made him white &if youre seriously saying “it’s ok they made him white because some arabs are pale” youre saying darker skinned arabs/ asian ppl dont desrve represantion and defending whitewashing and that is so goddamn disgusting ????????????
and you did this on TWO of my posts about damian what the fuck is wrong with you why are you so determined to prove damian cant look more arabic/chinese??? because in Son of Batman and most of the comics hes in dc are not even trying
just a friendly reminder that Mormonism is literally founded on the belief that native Americans are evil lazy Jews who came to America and turned so evil that God "cursed them with a skin of blackness" so that nobody could possibly find them attractive, this is what 80% of the Book of Mormon is about (the other 20% is prophecies about how great Joseph Smith is)
It’s important to respect religion tho, that’s where all morality comes from.
ppl watching steven universe like “amethyst isn’t a POC she’s PURPLE”
meanwhile the simpsons have been painted yellow for 25 years and no one’s questioned their whiteness
13 days until I turn 32.
So far I’ve treated myself to a Nas concert and tickets to see Flying Lotus on the 23rd, preregistered for Youmacon, bought some new cookware, and I’ve ordered a shit ton of graphic novels. I may not be where I thought I’d be 10 years ago, but I’ll be damned if where I am isn’t mighty fine indeed.
I made The Witches’ Daughters for Terrestrial, an anthology of earth-themed fantasy comics edited by Amanda Scurti. You can also read it at its forever home on my portfolio website.
The anthology debuted at SPX 2014, and now you can buy it here! It’s full of lovely comics and illustrations, and I’m very happy to be included in such good company.
"I want my father back, you son of a bitch"
"And for a moment, he was alive. And my fairy tale came true."