As Indians, George Floyd Lives In All of Us
Original art – a tribute poster to George Floyd, whose death has brought us closer to the truth of racism at home.
The world is burning after one man's death. George Floyd. The killing of the 46-year-old has opened up deep wounds of racial discrimination – a fire that started from the US where the incident happened and has since spread like wildfire in the Western world. But for us Indians – discrimination – on the grounds of our colour or class or religion or gender has been rampant for generations – inflicted by both foreign and domestic players. The modern world we live in needs a symbol to stir it up, make them rise – unified against an age-old wrong.
Floyd, in death, has become that symbol. For us Indians, therefore, there is a Floyd in all of us. Be it a Bengali woman or a Kashmiri man, a Tibetan monk or a Sikh family – we have all, in different measure, been victims of discrimination, in various times of our lives. Floyd, therefore, isn't dead. He lives in me – reminding me that it is time that I start to breathe.
Concept: Kounteya Sinha
Illustration: Soumyadip Sinha
(Kounteya Sinha is a journalist, photographer, explorer and a revered story-teller. He can be contacted on Instagram @ksinha78.
Soumyadip Sinha is from the town of Chinsurah in Hooghly (West Bengal), and holds an MSc in Microbiology. He has spent five years at a food testing lab before giving it all up to become an artist. He does not have any formal training in art. He tweets @sinha_soumyadip, and can be contacted on Instagram @soumyadip.sinhart.
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