Kimani Gray, #BlueHolocaust

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
On March 9, 2013, Kimani Gray was shot and killed by two plainclothes police officers. Kimani, affectionately called Kiki, was struck by seven bullets, three of which entered through his back. He was heard to cry the words, “don’t let me die.”

Controversy surrounding the event led to mini riots in New York neighborhoods and highlighted the growing tension between African American communities and law enforcement in the US.

There is no database for crimes committed by law enforcement against the people. This lack of data echoes Jim Crow, for it is the very function of government to ensure the safety of all its citizens. There is no oversight. The very agencies that may have committed crimes against American communities are solely responsible for the investigation and reporting of such crimes.

No indictment was made after the shooting of Kimani Gray.

He was 16 years old. This occurred in Brooklyn, New York.

Hands up. Don’t shoot.
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#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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