News // July 25, 2016

JXTA Youth Respond to Violence


Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 11.36.20 AMOn July 7, 2016, upon hearing of the police killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, students in the Visual Arts Literacy Train Program (VALT) at JXTA produced a large scale collaborative artwork which reads:

“My melanin is not your target practice. They kill our fathers, then mock us for being fatherless. They say we have freedom but I don’t think we do. I don’t like this feeling. I always start crying. I must be so weak. I feel the racism. History repeats itself. We’re raised to trust them. They can’t be trusted, with anyone. They’re inhumane. When you walk around with a hoodie on you could get shot. They’re still killing kids. I’m staying positive. I’m trying┬áto stay positive. All these black people they killed for no reason. The word that comes to mind is ‘Accountability’. The system is rigged, but still we rise, we will have compassion, we’re still here!”