Disbelief 2018: An American Political Saga
Created for “Truth are Lies, Lies are Truths – Exhibition & Silent Auction” by Artists for Progress, showing at The Piranha Shop from 11/01-11/05. Silent Auction happening tonight at 8 pm! See ya there #Gram!
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As a high school senior, Emma Gonzalez survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and in response co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD. González gave a viral speech against gun violence, proclaiming "We call B.S." on the lack of action by politicians funded by the NRA. Subsequently, González continued to be an outspoken activist on gun control, making high profile media appearances and helping organize the March for Our Lives. Speaking at the demonstration, González led a moment of silence for the victims of the massacre; she stood on stage for six minutes, which she observed was the length of the shooting spree itself.
The reason I chose to depict Emma is because she IS the future of America. It is nothing short of inspiring to see a female teen POC survive a mass school shooting, and then speak up and become a symbol of hope. Dr. Ford and Emma share the same kind of resilience needed to survive being called liars, actors and so much worse, all for speaking their truth. Together, they create a map of sorts of how women in America are really treated.
Trans rights are human rights. The Trump administration is considering defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth. We cannot deny the fluidity of gender and sexuality in the year 2018. We cannot travel backwards like that, yet here we are. As a society I would like to ask us, what does it say about us when we don’t protect transgender rights? How selfish and self-centered are we?
The legal and lethal AR-15 is 7 lbs. of steel and plastic that can fire a bullet at roughly 3,000 feet-per-second. It was also the weapon of choice during the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018 and the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in October 2018, among countless more.