Banksy has revealed a powerful new artwork inspired by the death of George Floyd, and support for the Black Lives Matter movement, saying “People of colour are being failed by the system“.
The artwork is a memorial tribute to an anonymous black figure in a picture frame surrounded by flowers and candles, with a vigil candle burning the United States of America flag set against a graffiti grey tone background.
Banksy posted the new artwork on Instagram today with the 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 colour 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 the door in”. Banksy
Mr George Floyd, 46, died after a police officer was filmed pressing his knee into his neck in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020. He could be heard gasping while repeatedly pleading with the officer: “I can’t breathe.”
That police officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His three colleagues present at the time have also been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
His death has sparked days of anti-racism protests across America and the rest of the world.
Photo credit Banksy