A photo essay by Micki Luckey and Lili Shidlovski
Protests against police violence are occurring daily in thousands of cities and towns across the country since the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. The brutality of this modern lynching followed closely upon the killing of Sean Reed, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury, and then Rayshard Brooks was shot in Atlanta on June 13. In recent years police killed about 1000 people per year all over the country , a disproportionate number of them Black.
In early June, artists ranging from high school students to experienced muralists painted their protest messages along the streets of downtown Oakland in a spontaneous outpouring of beauty, courage and inspiration. Paintings also sprang up in the Fruitvale, many with bilingual and symbolic messaging of Latinx support for Black Lives Matter and some protesting attacks on transgender people of color. The following photographs by Lili Shidlovski highlight and showcase some of the many dozens of emerging murals.
May these images further motivate all of us to join current Black-led efforts to defund the police and to continue to work for racial justice.
By Felicia Gustin
As thousands of white people join protests nationwide, it’s important to look at not just why people are showing up but also how. Given this nation’s history of racism, we, as white people, want to make sure we are part of the solution, not the problem.
By Micki Luckey
“We at the Movement For Black Lives believe that it is our mandate, in a moment where the police and vigilantes have increased their terror, that we make a clear and proud commitment to be in Defense of Black Lives.” M4BL