The Weary King
This painting represents all people who continue to be marginalized and endure media and news coverage of one injustice after another, especially during the year of 2020. Injustices like gun violence aimed at innocent people because of the color of their skin. Injustices like the ridiculous questions you have to endure to take your deserved place among the Supreme Court even when you are more than qualified, but you happen to be a black woman. Injustices like shopping in a local grocery story and being gunned down because of mad racists theories. For most people, the news and media coverage are stressful. But for those of us who have to endure the racism that comes with living everyday life, it is a bit much to take in with your morning coffee. Understand, this is not a woe is me story. Rather, it is the truth of someone who knows a bit about their lineage and history. The crown in this art piece represents the knowing that you have the blood of kings and queens running through your veins. The facial expression in this piece is the weariness of feeling the weight of the crown sitting on your head while watching your people suffer the atrocities of those who want to destroy you. The worst part is knowing that with all the royal blood running through your mortal veins, you are in no position to save anyone - not even yourself. And that, makes you weary.