Archives for the month of: July, 2013

At last week’s “Justice for Trayvon, Justice for All” protest in Seattle, many wore hoodies, but the cousin of Trayvon Martin didn’t. Cedric President-Turner wore a necktie, white suit jacket, and a trim haircut. He calmly faced the federal courthouse, the people with signs, and asked simple questions. How the trial could end this way. How racism could exist. He wanted reflection, but the crowd erupted into paroxysms of rage.

His questions–in fact, all of the protests that occurred in American cities on July 20–became a valve. They released a surge of anger at the injustice of the ruling. This surge has overwhelmed the country, sizzled along the radio circuits, infiltrated our bedrooms and divided households.

To protest the Trayvon Martin ruling is not to simply use a narrow, racialized lens to view the incident. It is about acknowledging the flaws in our justice system and reigniting the civil rights movement. Knowing we do not have a postracial, colorblind society is not enough; we must fight to improve it and commit today.

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What rhymes with “race”?

A face.

Birthplace.

Cultural space.

As a cross-genre Korean-American artist in Seattle, I explore all of these concepts through figurative and abstract art, writing, and performance. And through blogging.

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