Like all other political affairs, British artist Banksy had to offer his two cents on the George Floyd killing and subsequent worldwide protests by supporters of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. The artist’s latest tribute is dedicated to the victims of police brutality in Minneapolis and throughout the United States of America, George Floyd and the Black Lives Matters (BLM) movement.
Known for his politically charged artwork, naturally Banksy created a piece showcasing his take on the issue of systemic racism, white supremacy, oppression, police reforms, social reforms, and social justice.
The painting showcases a vigil with a framed photograph, flowers and a candle, slowly setting ablaze the American flag hanging above the vigil. To add to that the Banksy’s note explaining the artwork was no less polarizing;
“It’s not their problem. It’s mine. People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. This faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t – no-one will let them in the apartment upstairs.”
The political painting and statement caused quite an uproar, as people flooded the comment section. Some supported his stance while others asserted that America was founded on racism and needs to offer a solution. Many wanted people to work together against racism, white or black. Then some quoted stats how Caucasian people are more likely to be victims of police violence in the United States.
As the #BLM movement gains momentum across the world, the voices against systemic racism and oppression are also springing up in Britain. While the country boasts a multicultural population, the xenophobic sentiments behind the Brexit decision casts a different image.
Undeterred by the divide, it’s clear to see that Banksy has joined artists worldwide in using their skillsets to lend support to the Black Lives Matter movement, and all people at the forefront of their fight against racism.