Leviathan Zodiac, 2011
The artwork I selected is from Kehinde Wiley found at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. He showcases his artwork through a collection called, A New Republic. His artwork is inspired by what he sees in the streets of Harlem. His collection is comprised of 60 pieces of art of which all depict the life of African American’s. Seeing this collection made me appreciate the beauty of African American’s. While looking at the piece of art with the young black man I began to reflect on the poem, “When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving” and the video “A Conversation with My Black Son”. When I see the picture, Leviathan Zodiac I don’t view him as someone threatening or intimidating. I look beyond his physical characterizes and see someone who is determined, driven, and confident. After looking all pieces of the art it’s evident that black people carry more muscle mass and maintain a leaner body than other nationalities that often times make them appear threatening. In the video, the woman references “big scary black man” which is stereotyping the individual before getting to know them. If more people would take the time to stop being judgmental and learn the history of black people perhaps they would embrace them with love and kindness. This image is a true testament to the video and poem by Betts Reginald he says “a child, a hidden toy gun, and an officer that fires before his heart beats twice.” There is outright prejudice in this statement because he automatically assumed the boy who happened to be black had a real gun thus feared for his life. Society as a whole needs to learn the value of life period. The color of one’s skin should not dictate who belongs in this world and how they are treated. Diversity is what makes this country whole.