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American Racism Art

Travis Somerville Explores Racial Relations in America's Past and Present

— October 22, 2014 — Art & Design
Travis Somerville explores America's racialized history, particularly within the context of Southern politics, with his powerful paintings and installations.

The Georgia-born artist invites viewers to examine how our past has informed our future. The series is particularly poignant in light of the race-related riots happening in Ferguson, Missouri, following the slaying of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Brown's death mirrors that of George Stinney, a black teenager who was convicted of a crime against a white person and eventually executed. It was only after his death that Stinney's innocence was determined. Both Stinney and Brown represent a long history of racial injustices perpetrated by the very legal system that is meant to protect them.
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