Avoidence of Perfection

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    I apologize as this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.

    I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.

    When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.

    And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.

    But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, or passive racism that plagues our country.

    And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.

    Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.

    But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?

    That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.

    So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.

    And then let’s turn the damn page.

    Where does it start?

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    Had a lot more fun shooting these two today than I thought I would. #vscocam #nikon #d600

    From the dash, pt. 2 (at NJ Rt 130 South)

    Had to at least stop by and see the sunflowers on my drive back. #vscocam (at Duke Farms)

    Stay Calm on Flickr.

    Surprised she stood around for as long as she did.

    Glad I got to help these two capture a beautiful moment today. #vscocam #nikon #d600 (at Greenway Meadows Park)

    Stay calm. #vscocam #sony #rx1 (at New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve)

    Stay calm. #vscocam (at New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve)

    Time to go. #vscocam #sony #rx1 (at New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve)

    Snack time. #vscocam #sony #rx1 (at New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve)

    Blend in. #vscocam #sony #rx1 (at New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve)

    Tranquility. #vscocam (at New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve)

    From the dash. #vscocam

    Hadn’t seen my buddy Willie in a while. He’s still silent. #vscocam (at Voorhees Mall, Rutgers University)

    "Hey guys!!!" The @RUMediaTeam’s @goodjobpj is making creepy people for flyers… (at Rutgers Student Life Marketing Office)

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