..when you cried all your tears out and one page in your diary can tell you what your year bout / That's a lonely place / my momma said son, why such a lonely face? / Cuz the pressure's on me… . . .
The #WarOnDrugs wasnt just about prisons, it was also about creating reasons for a group of people to look at their own as less-than. Years of propaganda to make us look down on those who have made the decision to turn to drugs. But it's now 2018 there's a new level of compassion for drug users that wasnt afforded to people that look like me || always remember kids... #JustSayNo || America: damnbabywhatisyoudoin? . .
Make the headlines, make the front page / wild out in the courthouse...just thrill em / They'll say the boy dead wrong, but I feel em. . .
My people are in prison, FxCK your stocks || Imagine handing in a failing assignment and missing graduation because of it. Then imagine someone else picking that SAME assignment out the garbage and being awarded an honorary doctorate and handed a check. This is what this new weed industry feels like, so pardon me if I don't give a shxt . .
I was lost in the jungle like Simba after the death of Mufasa / no hog, no meerkat / Hakuna Matata by day, but I spent my nighttime fighting tears back || "For years we may see the full effect on the children": The War on Drugs has an almost never-ending ripple effect. So many of us have had parents and loved ones taken from us in one way or another. Drugs took my mother from me and I fake turned out ok. We've found a way to live with the trauma, but at what cost?
Little Child Runnin' Wild
I let the dice roll like my father did...I gotta shine, it's in my blood, I'm a HARLEM kid.
I'm one of millions of people of color affected by the war on drugs in the country. We never talk about how it affected our communities and how it affected every last one of us individually. Holding all this in has become our norm. It's time that we had this conversation. People of color have never been great at talking about our trauma...I'm sick of being quiet. |[ THE #NOTxNORMAL ART COLLECTION ]| view by appointment via RonaldDraperART.com : @kolinmendez
Black has and will always be synonymous with strength. Strength that often internalizes suffering because this is just the way things have always been, the way that you’ve been taught, the way that feels NORMAL. The real strength comes from liberating ourselves from this not-so-very-normal sense of normality. I hope that this series of artwork is a spark in the conversation that we all need to have.