2 Sides, One Story
          By: Valentina R.

2 Sides, One Story

2020

Ceramic

 

This piece is intended to acknowledge the continuous cycle of forced fighting for human rights from the Black community. The work pictured reflects their achievements, having endured and overcome 246 years of slavery, 85 years of Jim Crow Laws, 52 years of police brutality, red lining, and mass incarceration, while acknowledging that the fight is still ongoing. The broken handle symbolizes the progress made over the past 400 years while the handle that is intact represents the continual battle against inequality and oppression that Black people face everyday, not only in the United States, but across the globe. Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate how far the Black community has come, and how much further they will go. 155 years ago, the first Juneteenth was celebrated, and today it is more supported than ever before. It has been recognized not just as a holiday celebrated by Black people, but rather a holiday celebrated by people of all backgrounds, where they come together and rejoice over freedom. My hope is that this holiday served as a way to learn about the history of the U.S., and that this newfound knowledge will be applied in ways that benefit the Black community.