Race and Art Matters: Three Artists' Reactions to the Death of Trayvon Martin
After George Zimmerman’s recent acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case, I, Iike many, felt a sense of helplessness and dismay. On the one hand, the ruling was not altogether surprising, but on the other, the very fact that the innocent verdict is even remotely un-shocking has stirred feelings of further disillusionment, sadness, anger, and disappointment. In the wake of this case, however, a much more complex dialogue about race has arisen in both public and social media – a dialogue that is so necessary to have in order to move past an often popular, constricting, dangerous, and dated belief in a color-blind society.
Ellen C. Caldwell. "Race and Art Matters: Three Artists' Reactions to the Death of Trayvon Martin" New American Paintings Jul. 2013.