Justice for all (Prints Available)
All Profits will be donated to the NAACP
Painted by Christopher Morphis in the studio
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Please read the commentary as there is a lot to be said here, and art is my voice, so I would really like everyone to take in the many meanings that I feel are incorporated in this painting.
This painting is about corruption in our system and how that has failed the American people and particularly minorities. We’ve known our system is corrupted by greed, and many of the people in power are motivated by profiting off of our ignorance and our complaisance. They have continued to ignore the cries from marginalized communities, and in fact allowed a system to exist in which these communities are more likely to be stuck in the clutches of the revolving door of the criminal justice system. This is especially apparent if you look at the percentages of the population of citizens incarcerated for non-violent drug related charges. Since our criminal justice system is at the heart of some of the outrage, that is why I depicted the burning precinct. However, I do not support the acts of violence. I understand that as a privileged white person in society, I can never understand the pain felt by the black people and other minority groups. But I also believe that those behind this movement are not responsible for the violence and do no condone the violence. I feel that the biggest way to impact those in power and be heard loudest is by finding ways to hurt their pocketbooks. If we can collectively find ways to redirect where we spend our money so that they feel the monetary losses, I feel confident that will grab their attention.
Racism is in fact alive, and we need to acknowledge that, and loudly condemn it. We should continue to raise our voices and take action to implement systemic changes. In doing so, please reach out within your communities and start dialog with those in positions of power, including the police. I do not believe the rhetoric that they are all bad, and have had conversations with officers who are disgusted by what happened to George Floyd and greatly saddened by what is going on today. I encourage all those good cops to please raise your voice and reach out within your community as well.