I'm grateful, in a bittersweet way, that my sons are only nine and six years old, and still considered non-threatening.
As an African American mother, I am in agony over the Ferguson, MO grand jury's decision, and the thought that my sons could be shot and/or killed merely because a police officer or a vigilante finds their very existence 'threatening.'
These feelings will come out in my art again, as they have in my Janus collage portraits and the altered book "A Short History." But today I want my work to inspire you to do more than shake your head at what's going on in Ferguson. I want you to put yourself in the shoes of someone who could lose their child... just because someone finds your child 'threatening.'
At the very least, please consider reading this insightful essay on what mothers like me go through every time nothing is done in the wake of a young black person's killing.