Yesterday, I was inspired to create a piece of art and as we are only 10 days removed from the on camera murder of George Floyd, I was forced to contemplate the current state of justice and race relations in our country. Knowing that today would be Breonna Taylor’s (the EMT killed in her home while police served a search warrant at the wrong address in Louisville, Kentucy) 27th birthday. Breonna’s killer’s have not faced any charges to date.
The piece is intended to bring attention to the 401 years of transgenerational trauma associated with history of race relations, institutional racism, and justice in America. Transgenerational trauma refers to trauma that passes through generations. The idea is that not only can someone experience trauma, they can then pass the symptoms and behaviors of trauma survival on to their children, who then might further pass these along the family line. Our history of justice in America impacts us all.
The piece is entitled, “A Tortured Soul: 401 Years (1619-2020) of Race Relations – Shades of Grey in American Justice”