#BlackLivesMatter & their voices do, too
The past two weeks have been a very difficult time for Black folx in America, and around the world. As we work and rise up together to create change -- in policy, in attitudes, in lives -- it's been truly beautiful to see thousands of people who have had enough. This is not just about George Floyd, or Breonna Taylor, or Ahmaud Arbery, or Trayvon Martin. It's not just about Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, or Emmitt Till.
It is not even just about police violence towards Black people, or the entire American justice system designed to incarcerate and murder Black people.
It's about every single Black person who has been oppressed and abused by white supremacy in all its forms for over 400 years. It is about how members of the Black diaspora have suffered from anti-blackness in basically every culture around the world. It is about the Black folx who were enslaved, lynched, shot, murdered -- but also about the Black folx who are alive today. This is not just about Black trauma or suffering, this is about Black dreams, Black excellence, Black joy.
It is about creating a world where one day we will not have to yell and scream that Black lives matter. A world where we all acknowledge that Black lives are precious. Black trans lives. Black disabled lives. Black immigrant lives. Black women's lives. Black children's lives. Black neurodivergent lives. Afro Latinx lives. Black sex workers' lives. Black mothers' lives. Black fathers' lives. All. Black. Lives. -- All. Black. People. Period.
At In Full Color, our mission is to empower women of color through education and the arts. This has always included Black women of diverse identities and backgrounds, and we will continue amplifying and prioritizing Black voices. So far, 72 Black artists hav