Black Lives Matter

(See below for Artist Statement)

“This is a war and Black Lives Matter is the enemy.”

TV and radio news spread fear across America, painting a picture of Black Lives Matter protests as dangerous, angry, anti-American, anti-police, and downright scary. Conservatives such as Rudy Giuliani and Sheriff David Clarke were the messengers of this gloomy portrait.

But I was there. I saw the protests. They were inclusive and filled with positive energy. All ethnicities, genders, ages, and sexual orientations were visible.

As a photojournalist, I was inspired to capture the harmony and positivity of these protests.  This portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement was a stark contrast from the image of Black Lives Matter often portrayed by the media and many conservatives.

These photographs tell the truth.  This is what democracy looks like. This is what America looks like.