Musings On Art And Justice In The Wake Of The George Zimmerman Verdict
After 45 days without an arrest, a year of speculation and conjecture, six weeks of legal spectacle and sixteen hours of deliberation, a Florida jury finally handed George Zimmerman a ‘not guilty’ verdict in his trial for the murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.
Many people, myself included, are outraged and heartbroken by this outcome. At the same time, I am completely NOT surprised about the verdict in light of the historic and current injustices faced by African Americans in the U.S. The phrase “no justice, no peace” takes on a particular resonance given Saturday night’s verdict and the subsequent marches and protests in cities across the US. Still, when we talk about justice, what are we talking about? Criminal justice or social justice? How does art help us navigate this terrain or answer this question? What role does it play in our collective expressions of rage or healing? How does it respond to and support our desire for activism?
How have you used art and design to respond to this tragedy? What examples have moved you in recent days? How do you define justice?
For the next several posts, the Baltimore Art + Justice Project will highlight the ways in which art and design has responded to the question of justice for Trayvon Martin.
Below are some examples across the spectrum of music, visual art and poetry.
“Made You Die” Trayvon Martin Tribute by Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez, MiKEFLO
25 Works Of Art Paying Tribute To Trayvon Martin
Trayvon, Redux, by Rita Dove
Please feel free to share examples by posting them in the comments section.
Baltimore Art + Justice Project