STORY AND PHOTO BY KELLY CRAIG
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Something strikes me as I look at this photo and its messaging again. It struck me that night and it strikes me now.
There are two phrases on the street art this young man is painting: “This is not racism” and “Become More.” He is painting for us the binary messaging we have seen around racism and culture in the United States.
The paint drips down the canvas as if it were bleeding. In many ways, this is a metaphor of our culture right now. We are bleeding. We are in a war, an “us versus them” war. The undertone and tide of racism has surfaced again because it never really died.
These words are asking me to be honest. They are inviting me to a place of truth, empathy, and compassion. To rise above the fray of denial and white privilege.
That this piece is being raffled, as if its message is cheap and unimportant, also pricks my heart (my conscience). No. This message is central. The response to it is imperative, vital, and central to our personal healing and reconciliation. It is also central to the healing, the reconciliation of a broken and bleeding nation.
Will we answer the call? Will we become more? More of everything good and right. More humble. More honest. More loving. More kind. More gentle. More empathic. More beautiful.