Red Sack – Excited States Of Paranoia – tribute to Trayvon

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Red Sack – Excited States Of Paranoia – tribute to Trayvon

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Title: Red Sack – Excited States Of Paranoia – tribute to Trayvon
Medium: mixed media
Size: 1m x 0.5m
Year: 2012

By Ian Pritchard

The red Christmas sack – the Americas (Men’s 10m rifle shooting)
This artwork highlights the Florida “Stand Your Ground” Law and the senseless slaying of Trayvon Martin, aged 17 shot twice at point blank range by a trigger happy neighbourhood watch man.
An article I read from Florida Voices particularly highlights the absurdity of a law in Florida State that the killer — neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman — is hiding behind.
Zimmerman had no training, no rules and up to now, no consequences for the slaying of an unarmed African American youth walking home with a bag of Skittles candy for his young brother.
The Trayvon Martin case prompted a political cartoon by R.J. Matson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A black guy holds a smoking gun pointed at a dispatched white guy, also holding a gun, lying under a neighborhood watch sign. The black guy says to a cop, “I had a reasonable fear the neighborhood watch guy following me was going to fear for his life and shoot … so I shot him first.” To which the cop replies, “Makes sense to me.”
I thought the bright red Christmas sack (with a slogan on it) adds an ironic statement about the overwhelming materialism and consumerism of the USA and North America as opposed to the poverty experienced throughout the countries of South America.


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