Jay Burnett (@jayburnett_)

last month

I was feeling inspired by @nike 's "Don't Do It" post this morning, so I decided to make today's abstract pattern/artwork less abstract. ‏‏‎ ‎ ‏‏‎ ‎ As an educated young black man, I feel obligated to speak on what's going on from a viewpoint that I'm sure many will share but also many will not. I grew up & still live in a safe black suburban community & went to school and engaged in extracurriculars with mostly white students. throughout my childhood. Still to this day I have across the board been treated with respect by people of all races, & I am blessed to have a diverse group of close friends in college. I haven't dealt firsthand with the injustices & danger that many other African Americans have to go through. ‏‏‎ ‎ But that doesn't mean I need to stick my head in the sand or pretend that every person has equivalent experience. My job is the same as every other compassionate human being- to listen, believe, and aid in any way I can those who are oppressed, abused, & forgotten. I don't condone looting, nor violence against police officers. But I do know that people are angry, rightfully so, at a system that hasn't listened to them for a long time- and that nobody wants to be out there protesting another innocent victim's death. They'd much rather be at home feeling safe, loved, and protected. ‏‏‎ ‏‏‎ ‎ We are not so very different from one another as media and centuries of divisive racism would tell us. If we're going to change this system for the better it won't be just the POC that needs to be on board. It's all of you. All of us. Soon our generation will be the boomers making the rules. What are we going to do to make sure we don't keep having to do this every week? ‏‏‎ ‎ ‏‏‎ ‎ Until then, we can use the platforms we do have to continue speaking out against injustice, propose concrete ideas for positive change, listen and learn from one another across races and communities. ‏‏‎ ‎ Black lives do matter. All colors should be against brutality. We are not free until we are ALL free. If you stay silent now because it's not happening to you, there will be nobody left to stand up for you when it's your turn. #blm #acab #dontdoit #vectorart #posterdesign

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