When they come, black booted and their sirens blazing, the community shuts its doors and draws its curtains tight. To the neighborhood, emergency sounds mean another black boy may die tonight.
On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot and killed by two police officers.
Tamir was in a park, with his toy gun. When the call was made to emergency services, Tamir was described as “a male sitting on a swing and pointing a gun at people,” “probably a juvenile.” Tamir was fired upon twice, fatally struck once in the torso. The investigation into Tamir’s death is ongoing but failures of justice and controversy surrounding police-involved deaths of other African American children has caused unrest in neighborhoods throughout the United States.
Tamir was 12 years old. This occurred in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hands up. Don’t shoot.
The above was excerpted from the full statement on #BlueHolocaust. The original watercolor and ink paintings have shown in various locations throughout Southern California.
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After it’s long filtration through the caverns and dark places of the earth, language and water is transformed. From the spring, it emerges, sparkling and clear, filled with kindness and the light of hope.
Prayers of peace and hope rest upon the waves of the stream and crashing ocean.
Water and Words is a watercolor tryptic, meditating upon the nature of language.