Leonard Blair hangs Damon Davis’ artwork on plywood covered windows in Ferguson, MO. Hands up. All sizes, ages, colors, genders, in black and white photos. Pasted over raw plywood on windows boarded up in anticipation of the grand jury decision.
Beautiful and instantly iconic.
Once again, Black improvisation, under siege and defying oppression, produces brilliant art. But at what human cost?
Feeling pull to be there if Darren Wilson is not indicted. Michael Brown was flawed, teenaged knucklehead, shortchanged by lousy schools, cul de sac life options, on and on. None of it capital offense. He was “…the least of these.”
His body was left unattended on a neighborhood street, in front of families and children, for 4 hours. In America. While Wilson went into hiding without even filing a report.
This case has felt like a turning point from the start.