When composing this glass piece for the show, I knew I wanted to use the powerful imagery of the raised fist.
Every institution in the US has racial inequity at the foundation. Black people are more than 3 times as likely to be killed by police as white people. Black women are more than twice as likely to die in childbirth as their white counterparts. The Covid pandemic is hitting the African American community and other communities of color with greater mortality than white communities. These inequalities exist at the national level, all the way down to our local communities.
As a white woman in this country, I know that for any of this to change, I have to get out of my comfort zone and work for change. I have to acknowledge that systemic racism is real and that as a white person, I benefit from that. I have to acknowledge my role in maintaining the status quo. It is not enough to be an ally, but I recognize that I need to work to be an anti-racist and call out racism when I see it. This requires me to recognize racism in myself, acknowledge it and change.
I considered many slogans for the piece to enhance the imagery of the raised fist. The word “Justice” seemed to encompass the largest range of sentiments including but not limited to fairness, impartiality, and respect.