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A Not So Happy Fourth Of July

Black Man in America
by Laurie Cooper

Saturday, July 3, 2010 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Thoughts


  1. How horrible. Why is this brother committing suicide with a flag?

    Nice art though. Does it represent the horrible choices he made in life committing suicide slowly, ultimately ending with his choice to end it quick?

    Comment by Lisoban | Sunday, July 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Lisoban,

      But I have to admit I had a different interpretation of this artwork. I didn’t see a brother committing suicide. I saw a brother sentenced to death by strangulation. I saw that the black man represents the black community and the flag represents the social order of America.

      But looking at the picture from your perspective, I still see the man epitomizing the black community. But what would the flag represent? The black man is committing suicide by living in America? The American flag represents poor choices? Would the same American flag represent poor choices in the white community? How can someone commit suicide slowly and achieve a quick end?


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, July 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. I do not believe that Lisoban was beening sincere with his comment. I suspect that he understood the simbolism.
    That flag could also be france,british spain,russia,portugal
    german….in Afrika it is all of them.

    Comment by Akinwole | Sunday, July 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Akinwole,

      I don’t believe he was very sincere either. But it’s always interesting how some people try to whitewash America’s collaboration of the pain that is synonymous with living in the black community. Without even understanding a single iota of the issue people will pull suppositions out their ass as if they’re actually saying something worth listening to. And people want to say that all we have to do is say “no” to this kind of treatment. A lot of people refuse to take the pain of the black community seriously. The American flag can represent the callousness of any government that has participated in the subjugation of the children of Africa.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, July 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. WOW! Haunting. They say a picture is worth a thousand words!

    Comment by asabagna | Monday, July 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback asa,

      But I think this picture is worth at least a million!


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, July 5, 2010 | Reply

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