This is a time for courage. We cannot stand back.
“Art is really about that moment. I just couldn’t take it any longer,” said artist Phillip Hyman about his hooded angel. (Click the image for the full story at CNN.) We have to stand together against hate. The art of protest can have an impact.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
~ Pastor Martin Niemoller as quoted by the United States National Holocaust Memorial Museum.
This is my own adaptation of a Tomi Ungerer classic, but “Voiceless.” The original is next to it. I live in a deep red state and my vote doesn’t really count under the Electoral College (though I vote anyway). Like the hundreds of thousands of votes still uncounted. my voice did not matter in this election or any other.
Tomi Ungerer is a genius of protest art. For a full interview and much more of his work, check out the Paris Review.
William Duke and Brandon Griffin. Potty Mouth, 2015. (www.brandongriffin.com) Click through for the full CBC article on Trump protest art
We must be careful and deliberate:
And so I write.
(For more on the featured image by Gee Vaucher, visit VICE.)