Black Lives Matter

A switch went off in late May/early June of this year. 

Amidst all the racial injustice and police brutality, I found others becoming more actively engaged in the Black Lives Matter movement on social media, using their platform to spread news, information, and links for petitions and donations. 

I always thought that Black Lives do in fact Matter, but I never knew how to actually support the cause, so admittedly, I watched on the sidelines as I let my Black peers take the action. I thought, “What would I, a white girl from Queens, ever do that would make a difference in the Black community?”

I now know that that stance is not acceptable nor effective for the fight for racial justice. 

I knew I had to do something, and I knew I could not wait around for the next “trend” because next time is way too late.

I decided to use this platform to sell my art to support the Black Lives Matter movement. I never intended to capitalize on this nor seek popularity; I just wanted to put my talents to use to support a cause I believe in.

By selling 4x6 prints of my film work, I donated 100% of the proceeds to The Innocence Project. I received numerous orders and a few donations and to this date, over $200 was raised to help exonerate innocent through DNA testing and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

This sale is not a promo; it is ongoing. This movement is not a trend; it is a reality for all Black people.

We, as white people, cannot just watch from the sidelines anymore. We all need to be active participants in the daily fight and use our talents to amplify Black voices, better the Black community, and support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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