The arts are instrumental avenues for healing and justice. The arts can be used to center the narratives of people at the margins of society. It provides us supplements of joy and gives us mantras to build upon a movement.
At the close of a decade that has reinvigorated awareness in the value of Black Lives past and present, the theme of an evening invested in supporting Black Businesses was “Black to The Future—they keep trying to kill us but we keep getting stronger.”
It is an active decision to view a black presence in white spaces as something that needs to be explained, validated, and adjudicated. Marking it as “unconscious” is a way of releasing the person from responsibility for their own actions.
Originally published for the Daily Intelligencer at NYMag. On March 18, Stephon Clark’s life was brutally taken by police officers in his grandmother’s backyard. Body-cam footage shows police, who were responding to a report of break-ins in the neighborhood, opening fire seconds after one of the officers yells, “gun!” All that was found on Clark’s […]