Activists Are Targeted For Their Beliefs — And How They Dress (Racked)
“There is no contradiction with fabulous shoes and serious social justice work,” Melissa Harris Perry wrote in Elle
By Nadra Nittle, Racked, August 9, 2016
Patrisse Cullors and Tanya Bernard stand before a tense crowd at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Both artists are leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement — Cullors is co-founder and Bernard is art and culture director.
They’re at MOCA on a somber evening to give a lecture on art and activism. For two days straight, the public has watched the macabre but familiar footage of black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, shot dead by police.
The killings prompt Cullors and Bernard to abandon the program planned for July 7th, the same night a Dallas sniper will kill five police officers. Instead of discussing art and activism, the women ask each other to envision a future in which blacks have true freedom.
"I think about how much we’ve allowed for our imagination to only believe in black death and how much we need to actually imagine black life... thriving black life," Cullors says. "Like black folks running in fields, dressing how they want to dress, in all types of ways."