My artwork examines social norms and prejudices in our culture and challenges the American bias toward people of color. Dismantling Stereotypes takes a specific look at misrepresentations of black men.
Police brutality has been an issue in communities of color since the inception of our “Land of the Free.” But it wasn’t until the age of social media, which puts the power of world broadcasting into the hands of everyday people, that each man's unjust encounter could be viewed, worldwide, in an instant.
We are now inundated on our social news feeds with the reality of police brutality. What we’ve always known in the abstract is now personal, in our faces. Unarmed black men are being killed by police at a disproportionate rate compared to any other group. Privileged Americans (or those who, for whatever reason, are not exposed to the experience of police brutality) are being awakened to the truth of the claim that people of color have made for decades, "We are treated unjustly, more harshly. We are more scrutinized, negatively labeled, and dismissed." We can no longer pretend we don't see it, or wait for politics to fix the problem.
Dismantling Stereotypes is about each individual taking personal responsibility to start the healing process, to counter society's implicit message that black men are to be feared. The goal of this project is to promote the idea that we can change what we have been programmed to fear—we can look at a man of color and see him "as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value" (Bahá'u'lláh).
Kairma White Krummeacker