American artist’s post-Trump mural

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and her mural

By Priscilla Frank, Arts Writer, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Street Artist Delivers Powerful Message To White America

“America is black. It is Native. It wears a hijab … “

11/29/2016 08:39 am ET | Updated 9 hours ago

Oklahoma has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1968, and this year’s result was no different. Donald Trump won 65.3 percent of the state’s vote.

A powerful work of public art mounted in Oklahoma City on Sunday addresses those who gave credence to the racist, xenophobic and misogynistic language that dominated the president-elect’s campaign.

The piece, by street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, pays homage to black Americans, Muslim Americans, American women, Latino Americans, and American immigrants ― all the populations deemed “other” and so loudly forsaken by the dangerous rhetoric of Trump’s camp.

“After the election, I immediately knew I wanted to make some public art during my trip to Oklahoma in a few weeks for Thanksgiving,” the artist wrote in a comment in Instagram. “I wanted to make something in a very Republican state that was a challenge to whiteness. So, I used a couple of recent drawings, one old drawing, and a drawing I did the day before installing this of my mother, to put together a diverse group of folks.”

The piece reads: “America is black. It is Native. It wears a hijab. It is a Spanish speaking tongue. It is migrant. It is a woman. It is here. Has been here. And it’s not going anywhere.”

“This piece was done specifically to challenge whiteness and the accepted idea of who an American is,” Fazlalizadeh wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “This work is located in Oklahoma, a very red, Republican state. The site of this piece is just as important to its intent. This work is declaring that people who are non-white and male are a part of this country, are integral to this country, and are not going anywhere.”

The election of Donald Trump has ignited incensed artists and writers around the country, turning creatives into activists. Fazlalizadeh, however, used her artistic prowess to fight social injustice long before Trump was announced president elect.

Fazlalizadeh is best known for her project “Stop Telling Women to Smile”, which highlighted and combated the gender-based street harassment endured by so many around the world. The public artworks juxtapose images of women with the words they wish they could lodge at those who catcalled them, including “My name is not Baby” and “Women are not outside for your entertainment.”

If you are in the Oklahoma City area and wish to see Fazlalizadeh’s work in person, don’t hesitate; the piece, installed using wheatpaste, is meant to be ephemeral. Given its public setting, it could also be subjected to vandalism or other visual reactions.

As many around the country fear for their futures under a leader whose definition of an American fails to include them, we look to artists like Fazlalizadeh to depict in simple and striking terms what it has always and will always mean to be an American.

Oklahoma, USA police kill unarmed African American for broken down car

This 19 September 2016 video from the USA is called Tulsa Police Shoot and Kill Unarmed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Calls for murder probe after police killing of black man

Wednesday 21st September 2016

POLICE in the US city of Tulsa faced calls for a murder inquiry on Monday after released video showed an unarmed black man shot dead by officers had his hands up.

Father-of-four Terence Crutcher was killed on Friday after police saw his car broken down in the middle of the road.

They apparently tasered and surrounded Mr Crutcher before shooting him as he lay on the ground.

His twin sister Tiffany Crutcher called for the charges against the officers, while the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma said Mr Crutcher was left to bleed while police stood by.

Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of black teenage shooting victim Trayvon Martin, said Mr Crutcher had committed no crime and officers had no reason to shoot him.

“When unarmed people of colour break down on the side of the road, we’re not treated as citizens needing help,” he said.

“So I guess it’s a crime now to be a big black man,” Mr Crump said. “My God, help us.”

The Tulsa Police Department (TPD) released helicopter and dashboard video on Monday showing the police killing of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. Crutcher, unarmed and not a suspect in any crime, was surrendering peacefully when police officers simultaneously shot him with a stun gun and a pistol: here.

Cop Who Shot Terence Crutcher Has History Of Drug Use, Domestic Disturbances. Aren’t these the characteristics that describe a “thug”? Here.