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RED, WHITE, BLACK AND BLUE ART SHOW

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Steven Smith Fine Arts Gallery

5104 Gary Ave

Fairfield, AL 35064

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My recent artwork is a response to hate speech and my research into Violence, Demonstrations, and Discrimination within the United States.

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This show is a harsh look at the current social climate in the United States. It deals with themes of Violence, Race, Human rights, Discrimination, Corruption, Hate and Protest. America has this big-ass problem: Not dealing with trauma.

The term "police brutality" was used in the American press as early as 1872, when the Chicago Tribune reported on the beating of a civilian under arrest at the Harrison Street Police Station.

In March 1991, several members of the Los Angeles Police Department beat Rodney King. A white civilian famously videotaped the incident, leading to extensive media coverage and criminal charges

against some of the officers involved. The officers, however, were acquitted at trial. (After facing federal charges, two of the four officers were convicted and received 32-month prison sentences.)

This grave injustice sparked the Los Angeles riots of 1992, which resulted in 53 deaths, 2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, 3,100 damaged businesses, and nearly $1 billion in financial loss.

The case was widely seen as a key factor in the reform of the LAPD.

According to data released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 2003 and 2009 at least 4,813 people died in the process of being arrested by local police. Of the number, 2,876 were classified

as homicides, of which 1,643 (57.1%) of the victims were "people of color".

In 2016, 233 African Americans were shot and killed by police

That same year an independent study found that black Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be shot and killed by police.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the so-called “war on terrorism” allowed for impunity of law enforcement officers, leading to discriminatory tactics like “stop and frisk” and the widespread brutality civil rights advocates are fighting today.

The largest barriers to unity in the United States are White Supremacy, Objectification, Empathy Erosion, Uneven Education, an Internalized Culture War and Voter Suppression.

FIRST NAME? Jenkins makes a connection between the proliferation of U.S. wars abroad and the increasingly coming soldier-to-police officer trend, bringing veterans home to patrol mostly poor and working-class communities of color. Using his own experience in the U.S. military, Jenkins provides some insight on the mentality that is shaped by combat training and how these mentalities are then turned on target populations in America.

Margot Atwood???

“If you were born in the ’90s, you were born into a world where quite a few rights for various groups had been established, at least in the West, and you thought that was normal.

But if you’re older than that and you were born into a world in which this was not the case, you saw the fights that went into those rights being established, and you also saw how quickly — in the case, for instance, of Hitler — that you could take a democratically minded fairly open society and turn it on its head. So, it has happened before, but it’s also un-happened before.”

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