I STAND WITH THE BLACK COMMUNITY

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I don’t want to stay silent about what is happening in the world right now. I stand with the black community, with people of colour and other minorities.

The world I want to live in is a world of equality. Nobody wins unless everybody wins.

I strongly believe that you have to change yourself to change the world. So from now on I won’t be an ally in only words, but also in deeds.

Or, in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien – or Gandalf the Grey if you please:

‘Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.’

My artworks are my small acts of kindness and love. And I want you to know that on a more personal level, behind the scenes I am taking everyday steps to advocate anti racism, to explore my own learnt biases and racist ideas, to bring it up with white family and friends and to destroy my white privilege.

I sincerely hope you are with me in this. And that even though we might be ordinary our kindness and love is going to ignite and inspire change.

With love and gratitude for this community,
Francine

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