Suggested Reading: Which Side Are You On? Stand up for Social Justice Edition

“Which side are you on, friend,
which side are you on?
Justice for Mike Brown is
justice for us all.”

These words turned into song by a ‘flash mob’ (‘Requiem for Mike Brown’) transformed the St. Luis Symphony into a somber but inspiring stage for social justice. A standing ovation for them and for all the freedom fighters across the nation. via: Youtube

– Non-profit public arts organization More Art produced a powerful performance by the artist Dread Scott on Tuesday October 7th in DUMBO, Brooklyn. “He always brings to fore things that we should really ponder and contextualizes it historically — he knows what he is doing, he’s a very smart artist, so his work is very important in the grand scheme of the world, in art today.” -Una-kariim Cross quoted in “Dread Scott Enacts the Images of Oppression” by Hrag Vartanian. via Hyperallergic

– “Far from being by any stretch of the imagination ‘racist’, it is – was – a witty putdown of the drab, dour vision of Britain touted by those who would push down diversity and hold back the tide of modern human movement.” Jonathan Jones critiques the removal of a Banksy stencil that critiqued Clacton-on-Sea’s anti-immigration politics. Via The Guardian

– “Addressing racism in art — real and perceived — is an incredibly sticky task. But it seems better to err on the side of free speech than censorship. Certainly, the crowd has the right to protest artworks they deem offensive (as Hyperallergic’s Mostafa Heddaya recently argued), and the art world can and should shun those whose work negatively targets a specific group, but allowing the government to make that call impedes on our democratic freedoms.” Also in Hyperallergic, Laura C. Mallonee asks “What Makes Art Racist?”

– From the article “The Worth of Black Men, from Slavery to Ferguson”: “The artist Dread Scott recently plastered a series of fake “wanted” posters around Harlem challenging, among other things, the civil rights violations of New York’s much-criticized stop-and-frisk police tactic. Featuring generic police sketches of the young black and Latino men disproportionately targeted by the practice, the posters offered another take on the value of these lives, stating “the suspect is wanted by his family, friends, and neighbors.”’ via New York Times


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