Our country — and the world — is talking about race in deep ways that we never have before. I lived through the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, and while the movement brought us far in understanding and change, it is nothing like what we are learning now. We have a very long way to go yet, politically and culturally. But on the state level and soon on the national level, we are passing legislation for change. Institutions are making positive decisions such as removing racist symbols, statues, flags and practices. As a people, we are talking. These are good steps. They need to continue, along with protests, for a long time before we are done.
These drawings were done in the last week as I thought about what has been going on. The murder of George Floyd is only the latest of many such horrible deaths at the hands of police; I drew about the pain of losing a brother, the children about whom we have to worry, the protests of blacks and whites. The drawing below is about the burden of racism that our country unfairly puts on black citizens, a burden that I, a white person, do not have to carry, but should.
Drawings are about communication, emotion and the sharing of ideas.