When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.
And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.
But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, and passive racism that plagues our country.
And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.
Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.
But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?
That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.
So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.
HEOL!: TAEIL ink, Koi brush pen, ZIG Clean Color brush pen, Copic markers, Copic Opaque White, Uni Posca marker on paper 2014
First time drawing Block B related! Aside from Infinite, Block B is also a group that I’m really fond of. Though I never really thought of drawing them before, but because of this comeback’s visual explosion and catchy tune, I just had to! I’ve fallen in love so hard with this song. Every time I hear it I can’t help but to clap my hands and dance.
My favourite member is Baby Taeil! His voice is out of this world. Plus, his tattoos are rainbow in my eyes! (somehow I have this tendency to like the oldest in a group… Sunggyu, Xiumin, Yongguk, Onew, Tael… Leo…; no I’m not gonna count N as the oldest)