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Black Lives Matter

As I sit here on an overcast Sunday afternoon staring at two magnificent victorian gas towers 'built by designer John Clark in 1866' I wonder why I'm actually bothering to write this post when all around me the world seems to be imploding on itself. This time last month I was commenting on life in lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic which has now all but been forgotten due to the racist murder of George Floyd by Police in Minneapolis which put into motion a series of protests which then led to rioting which then gave President Trump an excuse to use the 1807 Insurrection Act to put active-duty troops onto US streets!

I've found myself becoming obsessive over US news broadcasts, hungry for any updates and wondering how it must feel to be a marginalised black person in the US. How could I possibly know or understand what it must feel like? I'm a white male living in London, and I'm all too aware of the privilege that brings me which in itself is fucked! I guess the best thing I can do right now is to show support whether it's through words or action.

As sad and upsetting as the last few days have been surely these past events will push the American people to take a long hard look at themselves and in turn, encourage change? Serious and essential change!

steveespopowers black lives matter art print

The above image was created by one of my favourite Brooklyn based artists Stephen Powers and is available to download as a free pdf from here.

History#1 by Laura Sills.

I came across this incredible image whilst scrolling through Instagram this morning and felt that I just had to share it. All proceeds from any print sold on Laura's site up until the end of June will go directly to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

https://laurasills.darkroom.tech/