I created my first infographic on May 30, five days after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
I was angry about the reality of racism in America and discouraged by my inability to make a significant difference. I was overwhelmed by the different choices for activism and sites for petition-signing and donating. So, I did what I always do when things become difficult for me to understand: I made the information visual.
I come from a town in Wisconsin where people boast that they aren't racist—but at the same time, criticize Black people for their reactions to 400 years of violence and oppression. It was my goal in these graphics to explain to a well-meaning white audience—my Instagram followers and their followers—about the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Jacob Blake, the ensuing protests, and the ongoing struggle for Black justice in America. The tone is hopeful, the information is cited in sources at the end, and I did my best to include action items to make them more helpful than just conversation starters.
After the success of the initial graphic, I ended up creating a series. To avoid scrolling all the way through my Instagram account, you can see the infographics posted below. Click on each image to enlarge.
"It’s so easy to merely say that things are horrible and that we live in a dystopia. It’s so easy to complain about it and say you want to move to Canada, or possibly the moon.
It’s really, really hard to feel like you can change the world."
If you are not someone who has experienced 400 years of violence and oppression, you cannot judge the morality of the Black community's expressions of rage and violence.