Black Lives Matter
The artwork is a pencil drawing outlined by permanent marker. The lock on the handcuffs is done by pencil alone to show that inequality is only temporary and will eventually fade away. However, the lines of the fist and the combination of words and names on the fist are permanent, to show people's thrive for equality. The slogan on the handcuff "I can't breathe" was said by George Floyd.
The raised fist was a symbol of the Civil Rights movement in the USA and has also been declared the human rights salute, as it is used by marginalised groups. It calls for activism. It was brought to prominence again by the Black Lives Matter movement following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin in 2013. The killing of George Floyd in 2020 sparked worldwide protests and has influenced people of varying ethnicity, gender, religion and sexuality to proceed to the streets and engage in non-violent demonstrations in support of victims of racially-motivated police brutality against black people.
From the killing of George Floyd to the shooting of Breonna Taylor, the Black Lives Matter movement sparked worldwide and has influenced thousands people to proceed to the streets to engage in multiple protests. The raised fist is a gesture that dates back decades to show defiance until equality is achieved. The impact of the raised fist should never be underestimated.
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