Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

Detail, #Blue Holocaust;  Orange County Creatives Gallery, In the Neighborhood, Juried Competition, Summer 2015 | Long Beach [AR]t Walk, Summer 2015
Detail, #Blue Holocaust;
Orange County Creatives Gallery, In the Neighborhood, Juried Competition, Summer 2015 | Long Beach [AR]t Walk, Summer 2015 | Kellogg University Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, Fall 2015

Red banded, the soldiers marched through the streets. Their shiny black boots made rhythmic sounds against the weary stones.

The first shrill whistle gave rise to the tumult, breaking the beat with a cacophony of staccato sounds. Whistles and shouts were punctuated by the sudden burst of gunfire.

Some say it was the young mothers who had it worst, their babes stolen, never to see beyond the huddled gray of the ghetto walls. But the children were separated. They were taken to gallows and mass graves where some must have stood innocently while others shivered in knowledge and fear.

Hands up. Don’t shoot.
#BlueHolocaust is currently at the the Kellogg University Gallery for the 41st annual Ink & Clay Juried Exhibition. The show opens September 19. The Opening Reception is Saturday, September 26 from 4-7pm. I hope to see you there. #BlueHolocaust is a controversial piece that conflates the Holocaust with the systemic deaths of African American children in the United States at the hands of Law Enforcement. It is the second piece in #ArtToEndViolence.

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