Absolutely spot on! I take this Memorial Day to honor and remember Malcolm X and The Black Panthers and all the other Black revolutionaries who were “beaten to their knees so that you and I may live on our feet!”
Thank you C.C. for this excellent post!
This week, Black Perspectives featured a story about the New York art feature “Open Casket” by Brooklyn artist Dana Schutz. The piece features a mirage of colors to portray a slain Emmett Till in an ‘open casket’ at his 1955 funeral. Till’s murder offset the volatile civil rights movement that would dominate the 1950s and 1960s, staining white America’s fictive purity with the spilled blood of black martyrs. Schutz’s “memorial” painting premiered to abundant opposition for its appropriative aura—given that the artist of this feature painting, Dana Schutz, is a white woman. Moreover, what overtly seems like a memorial for a murdered and mutilated black child, resurrects old wounds and splatters injustice across a painter’s canvass Thus, it seems fitting to stumble across this painting on Memorial Day.
America’s memorial day functions to commemorate those “who died so that we can enjoy the liberties that we do today.” Because this is America…
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