Donnette A. Cooper
“Like countless others, I was transfixed as I watched in disbelief the replay of the casual, yet methodical, manner in which George Floyd's breath was arrested and his vitality extinguished by the police. Despite centuries of ancestral memory, I was not prepared to face the urgent hate that led to this act--executed over eight minutes and forty-six seconds.
Justice is not available to all in America. Like hope, it sometimes dies unborn. As Mr. Floyd's vital statistics flatlined on the streets of Minneapolis, so did Justice for millions of others.
My quilt expresses graphically Mr. Floyd's lifeline permanently interrupted by the systems and agents of oppression.”
I had been struggling with both how to deal with my anger about what seemed like endless incidents of police brutality and social injustice. I wanted to do something and find a way to contribute to the conversation. This exhibit gave me the opportunity to do that.
“Inspangered” is my creative response to the numerous unjust murders of so many unarmed African Americans. It simply means “inspired by anger.” When I designed the quilt in my head, I had just watched a Faith Ringgold lecture on YouTube and thought of her painting, “The Flag is Bleeding.” The flag reference became essential to my design. So did the blood.
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