These are some drawings I did in the last twenty four hours in response to the brutal killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and the subsequent riots and protests around the country in major cities. This follows many other recent racist acts in our country.
Having lived through the 1960’s and 70’s, I remember how important, yet how frigentening and disturbing these events are. We need the protests to fully recognize and acknowledge how serious racisim is, how deeply engrained in our culture and poltical system it still is. We don’t need violence, we don’t need looting, we don’t need vandalism; but anger is clearly understandable and any violence during the protests I hope will be short lived. Protest is a form of speech for those who feel they are not being heard. Violence during protests only obscures the speech and is counterproductive.
We have to be better as human beings towards our fellow human beings. I am not sure what it will take; we do not have a leader to help us through this. We have to be better, each and every one of us, on a one-to-one basis.
One thing I know: vote for change in America. Our current president is only inciting the violence.
I drew these live, on Instagram TV and Periscope. Videos to come.