Shepard Fiarey is a famous graphic artist and muralist. He was born on February 15, 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina in the United States. One of his works is a picture of our former president, Barack Obama.


This image was produced in 2008 to support Barack Obama’s campaign run. Barack Obama became the very first African American president of the United States of America. This country’s history has been terrible when it comes to equality and justice for African Americans. There has been huge progress towards equality and justice for everyone but more has to be done. The artwork of Shepard Fiarey is a symbol of hope for equality, justice and freedom for everyone who lives in this country.

Minorities in the United States have always suffered from racism, oppression, and many other types of abuses. Barack Obama was a sign of hope of better days to come. For some African Americans this meant to be able to walk around without the fear of being shot. In “The Condition of Black is One of Mourning” by Rankine, she mentions “there really is no mode of empathy that can replicate the daily strain of knowing that as a black person you can be killed for simply being black”. This country has not yet reached the goal of being the land of the free. There are still many injustices that happen every day. The only way to change this is for every American living in this country to realize that everyone is equal. Every American should feel proud of living here and this means to follow what our founding fathers wrote down in the Declaration of Independence. Just like Hughes says,

“Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let it be the pioneer on the plain

Seeking a home where he himself is free.”

This is the land of the free, there is still hope, and we can still make this a reality for everyone.

“Shepard Fairey, creator of Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster, admits destroying evidence.” The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 25 Feb. 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.


  1. That picture to me symbolizes a lot of the things in which you have said. Hope alone is what we are fighting so hard to com to in America the hope that peoples ways of thinking would change and the hope that we all are truly created equal like the for fathers once said in the Declaration. I look at a face of a man who had hope that he could try to change the way Americans see things it was the same dream in which so many of our civil rights activist had and still have to this day. But the kind of world we live in it is a shame that you cant even be content in America a so called free world. A world when we are really subdued to hatred from the color of ones skin. I agree this country equality is horrible it has always been horrible it has gotten a tad bit better over the years but it is still a rare form o hatred toward others towards the skin color, race or the way one person looks. I too wish America will be America again the land of the free.


  2. I enjoyed reading your post because you truly touch on the disparities faced by minorities in this country today. I can appreciate the implied meaning of hope behind the poster created by Shepard Fairey you are displaying on this post, and agree with the fact that this country struggles with the concept of equal opportunity for everyone. Another point that you make in this post is that African Americans in this country are still targets this day and age just because of the color of their skin and the ignorant preconceived notions of a minority in our country. Finally, I enjoyed how you included a passage of Langston Hughes’ poem to emphasize that this nation is always a work in progress.


  3. I enjoyed reading your analysis on this painting of Barack Obama. I wanted to read it particularly because this painting has been the stamp of photography for much of President Obama’s career. I believe that it speaks volumes as that our American flag is plastered over our first black president. Symbolizing that we are finally at that moment of history where no matter what your skin tone is you can be anything that you want to be, in this case President of the United States. In reading your post, I was able to shake my head in agreement that minorities go through alot of combative disagreement today and this portrait I believe is a reminder that anything is possible in America.


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