Here’s a new sticker with a classic phrase “Black is Beautiful” first uttered before my mother was born in an effort to give African Americans pride. Not only in their skin color, but their heritage. The term “Black” is one of many used to describe humans with a darker skin hue but the descendants of Africans in the US did not create the classifications for race, we just flipped them and gave them new meanings.
For me personally, I started to use this phrase publicly as part of a series of drawings and paintings celebrating unsung figures of Black history here in the US and abroad. I love the feeling of affirmation the term gives and hope you too can resonate with it whether you consider yourself “Black” or not. We can all affirm the “Black Is Beautiful” as a statement of pride and a resistance to centuries of “anti-black” imagery, descriptions, and racist messages from the past and today.
Here’s a new sticker of a drawing I did in my sketchbook.
What is Ethnic Studies? To me, it is a chance to learn about history and cultural from a people of color perspective. Typically US and world history is Eurocentric and leaves out tremendous amount of stories and history from Black, Indigenous Native Americans, Asians, and Latin@s. I believe very strongly that every school from elementary school up to college should have mandatory ethnic studies classes to educate all students.