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.