British street artist Banksy posted a new artwork on his Instagram account today along with some written words in support of the protests in the U.S. and all around the world demanding sweeping police reform and an end to racism.
New Bansky Protest Painting
The full painting depicts the United States flag being set alight by a candle that forms part of an altar in memoriam to an anonymous, black, silhouetted figure.
He also included the following words:
“At first I thought I should just shut up and
listen to black people about this issue.
But why would I do that?
It’s not their problem, it’s mine.
People of color are being failed by the
system. The white system. Like a broken
pipe flooding the apartment of the people
living downstairs. The faulty system is
making their life a misery, but it’s not their
job to fix it. They can’t – no one will let
them in the apartment upstairs.
This is a white problem. And if white people
don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs
and kick in the door.” – Banksy
The artwork appeared as thousands of people gathered in London and other cities around the world to protest the May 25th killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, where a white police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.