Reclusive British street artist Banksy published a new artwork online yesterday which depicts the United States flag being set alight by a candle that forms part of a memorial to an anonymous, black, silhouetted figure.
The artwork appeared as thousands of people gathered in London and other cities around the world to protest the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, where a white police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
“People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system,” Banksy wrote in a short statement that accompanied the image on the social media platform Instagram.
Banksy likened racism to a broken pipe flooding a downstairs apartment, and said that the downstairs occupants would be entitled to break into the apartment upstairs in order to fix the problem.
“This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in,” Banksy wrote alongside the image.
Banksy frequently chooses topical themes for his artworks, which are normally stencilled on walls.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
'Super Saturday' - England's pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as lockdown eases
Russia announces virus deaths exceed 10,000
Quarantine-free list of countries travellers can visit published
Merkel snapped wearing a mask
Macron replaces French PM after election rout
Putin says Russians voted 'with their hearts' to let him extend rule
Russian health minister sees no return to normal life before next February
Turkey demands French apology over sea incident
Ban on non-essential travel to 90 countries ‘to be lifted’