By Kendal Black, our newest Wall-of-Us writer:
On June 19, 1865, news arrived in Galveston, TX that slaves were free — two years late! On June 19, 2020, freedom for Black Americans, freedom from aggression, violence and racism, is still only a dream. Still we raise our empty hands as asked to do only to be shot down in cold blood. Still we lay in our own apartments and homes only to be shot dead by intruding law enforcement. Still we plead for our right to breathe only to be mocked under the weight of centuries of racism and choked, dead. Enough is enough.
Social movements are always fueled by and amplified by artists. Black Artists for Freedom, a coalition of more than 1,000 actors, musicians, filmmakers, writers, and painters, was recently joined forces to demand the stop to institutionalized, media driven racism.
Their 5-point #imaginefreedom manifesto outlines 5 definitive requirements we must embrace for true change to happen. All-of-us must hold the entertainment, design, art, education, and media industries accountable for excising racist practices.
1 Visit Black Artists for Freedom
2 Read the manifesto, educate yourself, have the hard conversations, and redefine the future.