Not sure if it’s right to focus school time so much on things we already know (Revolutionary War, Algebra II, and other trivial lessons) when a great number of people are completely unaware of mass suffering. 1 in 8 people around the world drink water that can easily make them sick. 1.5 billion people live on less than 1.25 American dollars a day. Would scholastic efforts not be better invested in the solutions of these problems?

I created this illustration (click for large view) combining JR’s Ted talk about art changing the world, and Jeremy Cowart’s unique photoshop aesthetic. It focuses on contrast; everything from the clothing to the sky tone to the obvious line dividing the two scenes down the middle. It shows how different it is to be looking from each side. How difficult it is to understand the harsh circumstances of poverty–and uncomfortable, which may be the reason educators shy away from teaching it. To make a long story short, I took an oppertunity when a Civil Rights Essay was assigned in History class to say, before we celebrate the triumphs of civil liberty, we should first make sure everyone is able to obtain it. As the Blue Scholars preach:

Dr. King said “Freedom at last”
And some have interpreted that
To mean that we have come to the end of the path
But instead the long march hasn’t even begun y’all
Political power manifest once our guns drawn

Make sure to check out charity:water and livebelowtheline for the truth about what’s going down, long marches, and possible solutions. Thanks to Pretty Lights Music for letting me use “High School Art Class”… and to the creators of all of the other artwork featured in the video and illustration.


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