With newly-emboldened white supremacists openly spewing hate, both online and in public spaces, people are drawing parallels to the civil rights era of the 1950s and 60s. Many blame President Trump for the recent escalation of overt racism. After the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Trump was hesitant to denounce the white nationalist groups responsible, instead pointing fingers at "very bad people" on "both sides" of the Virginia protests.
Do we know the artist? Should give credit to this brilliance.— melinrogovin (@melinrogovin) August 19, 2017
The artwork was created by Haitian artist Watson Mere, and is titled "My Brothers Keeper."
From Mere's website:
Watson Mere, an artist of Haitian descent with no formal training in art, has been creating art since he was a young child. Until age four, Watson experienced a delay in his speech and could not verbally communicate. His teachers introduced him to art in order to help him fully express himself. This was his beginning.
When Watson was 11, he was introduced to the computer program, Microsoft Paint. This became his medium.
Watson finds inspiration from the love, struggles, happiness, and pain of the people of the African diaspora. Each piece is designed to spark the viewer's imagination as to interpret the work of art that stands before them. With the screen as his canvas and the mouse as his "brush", Watson meticulously transforms social issues like race, poverty, and religion into extraordinarily rare and unique works of art. This is his passion.
"I hope [my art] allows people to think. I want to inspire them - make them contemplate something. I want to give people something to consider that they don't see on a daily basis. I want to help them think and use their imagination."
I agree it didn't need that, I didn't write it, but I didn't let it get in the way of retweeting an important message.— Gabby Logan (@GabbyLogan) August 19, 2017
You got over 70,000. I guess you underestimate the people who are on the right side of history.— diane (@dtheavenger) August 19, 2017