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No More Silence

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I know this seems a deviation from my usual Fantasy Art, but at the same time, I needed to make this and share it with you here.

When my husband, Kevin, and I first started getting serious as a couple, people’s support of us turned from reluctant smiles to “Are you sure you want to date him? That could make life harder for you.“ Hearing this from people I love and respect popped the optimistic bubble I had always lived in.

All my favorite movies and stories had taught me that I could grow up to be anything I wanted, that everyone was created equal, that I was a good person who could stand up against injustice like my heroes, but the true lesson from those around me was this…

…I could do all those things as long as I was safe and didn’t marry a good man who I adored and who adored me, because it was easier to just move on to someone ‘safer’ who was not black. The world wouldn’t change any time soon, so I should just be safe.

Kev and I have usually been silent online about these topics for fear of upsetting anyone. Conversations about tolerance, guilt, and racial misconceptions were best left for private one-on-one conversations with friends and family. It’s finally the time for these conversations to happen out loud. If we’ve learned anything from the past few weeks, it’s that so many folks are like us. They have kept silent for a long time awaiting a single voice to give them the courage to speak out.

Now’s the time we need to choose not to be safe and comfortable. Now’s a chance to catch the world up with the fine sensibilities that we preach to our children and ourselves, but that we don’t have the same courage to live by.

I’ve used my art for examining morality in a ‘safe’ indirect way via the Fantasy genre, but if ever there was a time to be direct, it is now. I want to be like my epic Fantasy heroes and now all of us have a chance to be!

Kev and I really wish we could be out there helping voices be heard, but due to his medical fragility as a heart and cancer patient, we have to self-isolate as much as possible right now. I wanted to do what is within my power to do and that is to create something with art! I'll be doing icons in the style of this piece to help support the cause.

Let’s be heroes, guys. Stand up. Speak out! Don’t be silenced by fear and comfort. I know we have the power to change things together because together is the only way the world can, and has, changed!

Much love,
♥ Ang

Portrait Icons for Charity


I'll be creating icons like these to raise money to donate to organizations supporting racial equality and neighborhoods in need right now.  100% of funds will be pooled and donated once I reach my $1k goal.  To receive a portrait icon, you must donate $30 or more.  Original Characters are also welcome!  Many thanks to Bkomei who is letting other artists use this format for charity.

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Please see this post for more details on how this works.

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painted a repeat offender criminal who shoved a gun into a pregnant black ladies belly which could have caused her to have a miscarriage while robbing her house the man was not an angel or saint in life. and was high on 2 drugs and in position of drugs and passing counterfeit bills the day he died. What happened to him was wrong, but he was a career criminal in life if you are going to paint someone at least research your subject don't take the media's spin on blind faith here's his conviction record. that Lady he shoved a gun at now has to see her tormenter praised as a saint/angel

https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/3ea017f5-1ead-48e5-8f30-72b3a376045e/ddyyjd9-55c1e351-6c8f-4bf3-a72d-c614a01a0c1a.jpg/v1/fill/w_634,h_665,q_75,strp/george_floyd_went_to_jail_for_atleast_5_times_by_golubov23_ddyyjd9-fullview.jpg?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOiIsImlzcyI6InVybjphcHA6Iiwib2JqIjpbW3siaGVpZ2h0IjoiPD02NjUiLCJwYXRoIjoiXC9mXC8zZWEwMTdmNS0xZWFkLTQ4ZTUtOGYzMC03MmIzYTM3NjA0NWVcL2RkeXlqZDktNTVjMWUzNTEtNmM4Zi00YmYzLWE3MmQtYzYxNGEwMWEwYzFhLmpwZyIsIndpZHRoIjoiPD02MzQifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.zVQN2T93VyXmPO0K9agZbsvvSpKFmi10G5AY9dohBeY

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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist

I'm not actually sure what you're referring to because the man in this image is my husband?

Not to mention George Floyd's past crimes have nothing to do with being killed in the street over a $20 bill. No one should be treated that way by anyone who takes pride in representing the law. I question the sincerity and bias of anyone who isn't more mad that a cop (who might not have had an idea of Floyd's past at the time) could potentially kill someone else who looks like Floyd just because of the color of their skin, whether they had a past or not. To focus on anything else than this gross misfire of justice is to obfuscate our ability to accept that the system is flawed, this has happened too many times right in front of us, and we need to change it.

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LemondropShoppeHobbyist Digital Artist

This is absolutely beautiful. <3

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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist

Thank you!

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That-Gothic-KittyHobbyist Artist

We need more love and tolerance in this world. Everyone should be united not divided.

RIP George Floyd, your injustice hasn't gone unnoticed.

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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist

Agreed! And if anything can come out of this tragedy, I hope it is that people will stop being complacent and dedicate to changing things.

SongoftheBlackWolf's avatar

This is truly beautiful. Love is a risk regardless of skin color. A black man/woman is no riskier to love than a white man/woman (I have a sibling that is living proof that white partners can be a bad risk too). You can't help who you fall in love with, whether it's sex, gender or color. Love is colorful. Love is work. Love is hard. Love is strong. Love is BLIND. Love is BEAUTIFUL! And you're right, silence is the problem. "Silence like a cancer grows," Simon & Garfunkle.

I wish your husband good health and a full recovery from cancer.

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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist

Thank you for your kind words and well wishes and for reading our story!

VentAnger's avatar

But all lives matter.

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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist

Someone has already explained to you why this comment is irrelevant to the issue at hand, but this comic might also help explain why this opinion is irksome to many:

https://chainsawsuit.com/comic/2016/07/07/all-houses-matter-the-extended-cut/

VentAnger's avatar

Actually it's more like all the houses are on fire and you're running up and yelling "ONLY THE BLACK HOUSES ARE ON FIRE!"

In other words, your analogy is dumb and works better against you.

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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist

From this reply and the long comment thread you’ve left here showing how willfully ignorant you’re being, I’ve decided you’re a troll trying to deplete everyone’s energy levels from engaging where it really matters and will no longer be responding to you. Bye!

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When does highlighting one issue disparage another? Anyone with a functioning brain can see that all lives matter, but right now we have a portion of of our community hurting, they are suffering, they are in pain. BLM yes or no? If you start by saying "but..." there is no but.

You got, three houses on a street, and one is on fire, do you use a fire truck on all three or concentrate on the one? The other two are still important, and services will be there to put out the flames, but right now, the issue is with one. Saying All Lives Matter right now, is part of the problem.

VentAnger's avatar

Actually it's more like you have three houses that are on fire, and you're running up and yelling "ONLY THE BLACK HOUSES ARE ON FIRE!"

In other words, your analogy is stupid and works better against you.

There's nothing wrong with saying all lives matter.

Because it's true.

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JHTriuneHobbyist Digital Artist

There is nothing wrong with saying All Lives Matter, I'm not disagreeing with you, but right now, I don't think white people are having the same problems as Black people. I don't have to worry about being frisked and searched randomly, I don't have to worry about being shot at, just for trying to pull my drivers license out, I don't have to worry about getting that job, I don't have to worry about walking down the street. I know I'm privileged just because I'm white, there are people, just because they are black, latino, hispanic, not white, don't have those same privileges, and that's fucked up.

VentAnger's avatar

Actually last year out of 10,000 violent black criminals arrested by police, 3 of them died.

In contrast, out of every 10,000 violent white criminals arrested by police, 4 of them died.

The single biggest determining factor in whether or not somebody gets hurt by police, is whether or not they resist arrest or otherwise get physical with the cop.

Not race.

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JHTriuneHobbyist Digital Artist

You got a source for that claim? Because it sounds like bullshit.

VentAnger's avatar

Feel free to "correct" me then.

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JHTriuneHobbyist Digital Artist

Classic. You don't do you? You sound like all other right leaning conspiracy theorists; "i don't have to prove anything!" Yes you do, you made the claim, your the one that needs to provide the proof.

So? Got a source? Or are you just full of shit?

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I'm sorry but I am black and this image makes me angry. First. Excellent art because it evokes an emotion. This piece, It goes to show how limited your understanding of racism is. White women look at black men as predators and immediately frame themselves as a victim in any encounter. If a white woman says anything negative about you at best you end up in jail. You can be the epitome of a noble gentleman. Sadly, in fantastic literature when the night in shiny armor lifts his vizor his skin is never a shade past opal white. The arch enemy of the knight always wears black. This core stereotype has been replicated and perpetuated by our media. (The day Disney reverses this dichotomy, is perhaps the day you will start to see social change.) A beautiful piece of art but it does not encompass the reality and frustration of this racial pandemic. (Yes racism is a deseise, and it has a cure. Spend some time with a person of color and realize they are no different from you. ) lro up the good work but perhaps in your next piece evoke love from your audience rather than anger.
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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist

I feel like you should read the description of the image to understand why I chose to include myself in this image. Short version, this is a portrait of my husband and myself and there is a specific story to the challenges we've faced as an interracial couple. This piece is meant to make people debate their own biases against why the two of us shouldn't appear together and I think you have some deep soul-searching to do on the matter, judging from your comment.

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JHTriuneHobbyist Digital Artist

I have no idea where you were going with this comment. That third sentence, that's highlighting a stereotype; generalizing all white women? That's racist. The fact that you think this piece invokes anger? Are you and I looking at the same image? There is no subtlety to this image, no hidden message. Artist is probably white, but believes in a non-racist society, wants to include (her/him/it)self into the foray that is this movement. The black banner representing how Floyd died, because it's been blasted everywhere, and has been very outspoken about since this whole thing started. She put (her/him/it)self in the image to show solidarity with the movement.

I don't even know what that middle paragraph is. Knight's in shining armor, Disney? Care to clarify?

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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist

JHTriune If I can add any clarity to this dialogue. I am a pale-skinned biracial woman (Puerto Rican and white). I stand in solidarity with my husband and because my parents faced similar ridicule. It pains me greatly to think my husband or any member of my family has to live with this fear of death every day just because they were born darker skinned than I was. The divisiveness needs to stop and encouraging people to have uncomfortable conversations spurred by art is how I hope that I can help foster this dialogue for people who might be too afraid to start one, especially light-skinned folks.

VentAnger's avatar

Fascinating. This picture made you angry because you're racist against white people.

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