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New Yorker Magazine Imagines George Floyd As Vessel For Black Lives Lost
By Thanussha Priyah, 15 Jun 2020
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The upcoming New Yorker magazine issue commemorates the loss of Black lives through its cover of George Floyd standing tall, as well as representing lives cut short as a result of racial injustice in the nation.
Along with Floyd, who was killed after being held down by a Minneapolis cop last month, the Revenant Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Emmett Till, those in the Tulsa race massacre, and other central Black figures are featured in the artwork. It also includes “The Unnamed” enslaved people of the US who were given names by owners in the past.
The illustration additionally highlights Rosa Parks and Rodney King getting beaten by cops in 1991, and the “I Am a Man” sign held during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike before King was killed there in Tennessee.
The upcoming edition displays “the history of violence inflicted upon black people in America.” The art in the cover, titled Say Their Names, was created by artist and writer Kadir Nelson; the phrase is commonly used by demonstrators to shed light on systemic racism.
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