Artist Jonathan Harris’s Critical Racial Theory Painting Goes Viral
A painting by an emerging Detroit artist has gone viral for its portrayal of the erasure of African American history by Critical Race Theory (CRT).
Jonathan harrisThe art depicts a white woman holding a brush and painting white on a wall painting depicting portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King jr., Malcolm X and Harriet tubman with other crucial figures in African American history.
Photos of the 24×36 painting – first shown in a Harris solo exhibition titled TRIPTYCH: Stronger together at the Irwin House Gallery in Detroit – have gone viral.
Many on social media have praised Harris’ work and talked about the Powerful in the message of the table. Named âCritical Race Theory,â this and other Harris work can be seen on his Instagram page.
As noted in a previous report by leGrio, Critical Race Theory examines systemic racism in America. The CRT was created to fight the whitewashing of America’s racist history, which includes omissions in social studies textbooks about the teachings of the King, Native Americans, and slavery, as well as the meaning cultural FrÃ©dÃ©ric douglass and how white supremacy has long been the heart of American society.
“There have already been schools removing teachings about race, even as the debate continues,” Harris said recently. Metro time. âI believe that removing the teachings about the history of this country and the race is a beast that will never be full. If you allow the removal of some, they will want to remove more and moreâ¦ eventually, even prominent historical figures like Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and Malcolm X could be removed altogether.
Describing the painting, Harris argues, âThe road in the background represents the road African Americans had to travel just to get this far, only for our stories – our stories – to be potentially erased. “
According to the article, his painting was acquired by an art collector in Detroit, who prefers to remain anonymous for the time being. The collector, who is female, said the coin is “the perfect example of a picture worth a thousand words.”
Harris is hosting a free holiday art exhibit in his native Detroit this weekend. The event will showcase the work of 30 other Detroit artists in an effort to raise awareness of the city’s artistic community.
This article contains additional reports from Grio’s Ny Magee.
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