british street artist banksy has posted an anti-racism artwork on his instagram as part of the black lives matter movement – inspired by the death of george floyd on may 25, 2020. floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in minneapolis, minnesota after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck for at least eight minutes while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 note in a shop. the event sparked waves of demonstrations across the country as well as in cities across the globe, protesting as one against racism and police violence against minorities.

banksy's anti-racism vigil inspired by george floyd's death and black lives matter
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banksy’s anti-racism piece depicts a scene of a vigil, where a single candle’s flame has begun to slowly burn the american flag above. along with the post, the british artist shared a message of support for black lives matter:


at first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue,starts banksy.but why would I do that? it’s not their problem. it’s mine.


people of colour are being failed by the system. the white system. like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. this fault 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 the door in.

banksy's anti-racism vigil inspired by george floyd's death and black lives matter



the new artwork joins other creative protests as part of the black lives matter. it follows jammie holmes sky-high tribute to george floyd’s final words, ‘I can’t breathe’, which was flown above US cities, and NIKE’s ‘for once, don’t do it’ message and campaign.


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artist: banksy

date: 06.06.2020