October 2: WISP (and BULKY)
(After the photograph “Taking a Stand In Baton Rouge” by Jonathan Bachman.)
On July 9, 2016, Pennsylvania nurse Ieshia Evans took part in a protest of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. She stood calmly while armored police arrested her, and this image became iconic. But while she looks like a delicate wisp of a person compared with the bulky officers, she was and remains a vocal critic of all politicians and systems that oppress BIPOC and advocates direct action for change…as we all should be.
Nonetheless, the image still holds powerful symbolism four years later as heavily armed and armored agents of the state try to silence the voices of the people, and white supremacist systems continue to assert that Black Lives don’t Matter.
This drawing combines the prompts for October 2 and 3 because it seemed to fit.