The “Black Lives Matter” movement reminds us that people of color in this country face threats and dangers to which most people are not subjected. The counter to that is often to say, “All lives matter”, and of course that’s true, all lives do matter. It’s just that not all lives are so precarious, not all lives are equally endangered. Not all mothers have to fear that their children could be detained, arrested, beaten, perhaps even killed simply because their skin is not the “right” color. Of course all lives matter, but the ugliness of racism and the damage it does to all of us won’t be eradicated from our hearts and our society until all lives matter equally. This painting is my prayer that such a time may one day arrive.
American Citizen, 2015
18 x 24