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"Trapped" - by Oyen "Bernice" Abanda
Ending in: 20 days 6 hours 13 minutes
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“My first art piece served to show how the educational experience of Black people in America is negatively impacted, due to the systematic racism that exists and prevails in American institutions. The colors used in this pairing are brash and striking to illuminate the suffering and pressure to succeed beyond the “status quo” that Black students face in an education system that is not designed for them. Systems such as the school-to-prison pipeline and they contribute to the hardships that Black students face being that it is a process that criminalizes partially youth of color within schools which places them in contact with law enforcement. Consequently, among other factors, this directly explains why prisons are disproportionately overrepresented with Black and brown children. I exhibit this racial disparity in my painting by painting a prison that is filled with Black and brown people to show how they are literally and metaphorically “trapped” in the American education system. On the walls of my painting, the words “black lives matter” and “black education matter” are boldly scripted to emphasize the importance of equity in education.”