History repeating. An all too familiar headline & riots in the streets as racial violence continues to destroy lives. A quote from the late Malcolm X painted onto the signs of angry protesters who are wondering why they are still protesting the same shit. “That’s not a chip on my shoulder, that’s your foot on my neck”. Another black life lost at the hands of another Policeman whose motto is to “Protect & Serve”. Words that define the mission of the police, which is to “protect” citizens & “serve” the public, but more often appear to mean, “to protect officers & serve the police force.”
It’s impossible to know how to be & feel when the places & people we look at & look up to every day are experiencing such unrest. The ripple effects of the events that have lead up to the protests & riots throughout the US are felt all the way down here on the other side of the Globe in our small coastal town in Queensland, Australia. So much so that its been hard to know how to move forward “business as usual”. It’s impossible actually. Please know that we have you in our thoughts. That we see you & hear you & are standing with you.
To think this is an “American” problem is so incredibly ignorant. Racism exists at all levels of Australian society but Australians are often in denial. We have our own horrific history to face up to & we need to acknowledge the effects of racism that indigenous Australian’s have fallen victim to since this country was “founded”. As protests begin to form around Australia, we need to be there with & for indigenous Australians. We need to keep this discussion alive & tell it to our kids.
This morning we came across the striking photojournalism of German/American, Miami based photographer Marc Schmidt who has been out documenting the Protests in Miami over the past few days. Big thank you to Marc for sharing your thoughts below with us & allowing us to share your incredible photos.
Stay safe my friends!
“So I guess we’re all feeling a bit disturbed. First, Earth rotation gets suspended by a nasty virus. Now it’s turning into the opposite direction with yet another black man killed by a racist cop for an allegedly counterfeit $20 bill that turned out to be real.
All shit-tweeted into the ground by an illiterate orange supremacist arsonist who doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground.
The protests are real though. Solidarity is real. Thousands of people kneeling in silence are real. It’s a very powerful experience. It gives you the feeling that decency & human dignity will prevail. They have megaphones. & the frontal lobe dysfunction. But we are more.”