Artwork by Jack Mead

Black Lives Matter: A Youth Perspective

By Jack Mead

It wasn’t until after George Floyd was murdered that I found out about many, many other Black victims of police brutality. After George Floyd was murdered, I realized that not enough was being said about the other victims. These victims had their lives taken from them for no apparent reason other than hatred against them and their skin color. It was almost as if their stories were muted and voices silenced while everyone all over the world talked about George Floyd and his murder. Thus, I incorporated the names in the back of my artwork, such as Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, and Breonna Taylor, among others. My message to get across was not to forget about what happened before George Floyd, as I feel that many people are not educated enough on the issue of inequality in America. I think his death could be the start since it got by far much more attention by the media than any other death of a Black person from police brutality.

I felt it was also important to include what others think on this important topic. My Black Lives Matter fist includes words and quotes from people who put their input and opinion on the issue of inequality in America.

Artwork by Jack Mead

About the Artist
Jack Mead is a 9th grader in New York. His interest in art was sparked at a very young age by his artsy grandma and by his participation in visual arts programming at his elementary school in partnership with Studio in a School. Jack’s work has been displayed throughout New York City and Westchester County.

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