We are on our way to get our @just.zee
This semester at @theoxbowschool , in Napa, California, she focused on Art, as always to speak to environmental and social justice.
I was fortunate early in her process to see this particular piece of work. The rest, she says, we'll have to see once we see the final exhibition of all the young student artists in Napa this weekend.
Z talked to me extensively about this work. She explained that Black folks see ourselves as beautiful, elegant moving through the world as normal human beings. Sadly, our interactions with those who don't see us the way we see ourselves or render us invisible, destroys that sense. The blood splatter on this beautiful work after an interaction with police, drives home the notion behind this thought piece.
I tried to tell her that she was just being morbid, that the world isn't that bad. That there is beauty all around us. She agreed. Hence, her beautiful paper creation.
The very next day after our conversation...Atatiana Jefferson was killed by police in her home.
Our children be knowing.
Our children be leading.
Our children be speaking truth to power.
We must listen!
#teamz #environmentalartist #freethinker #proudmama #shebelongstothevillage