The inspiration for the painting, US History (forgotten), was to address the gaping holes in basic American history that I had never been taught in school. It started as an oil painting collage with mixed media, but standing by itself, my painting could not fill in these holes, so I built this website to accompany it. My goal is to provide content for learning and research. Archival materials (vintage photos, engravings, documents, posters, etc.) serve as evidence of past events. Powerful first person accounts tell unique family stories. The Resources page lists books for adults and for teaching children; as well as organizations, a glossary and quotes. This website will continue to be a work in progress, as I will continually add new content. So keep checking back.
The US history that continues to be intentionally excluded from many school curriculum has prevented accountability, awareness and compassion that would allow our nation to begin to heal. Standing against racism has always been very close to my heart. As a child, I took to heart the biblical plea to love thy neighbor, and our Declaration of Independence's claim that all men are created equal. To this day I grow more and more exasperated with the disparity between these empty words and what I am actually seeing. If a day ever comes when white Americans would not mind being treated like Black Americans, native Americans, or any Americans that are not white, that is the day we can give up this fight. Until then, those of us shielded by our white privilege have a responsibility to loudly and clearly speak up.
About the art piece:
US History (forgotten) is a 4x4 foot collage of oil paintings on canvas along with mixed media. (Feathers, leather, jute twine, cotton thread, cotton fabric, rice paper, galvanized wire, cotton bol, sewing pins, safety pins, paperclips, binder clip, paper tag and duct tape. 48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Why does Columbus, the father of extremely violent slave trading in the Americas, who never set foot in North America, have a US national holiday in his honor?
Inhumanity hits rock bottom: Slaveships.
Hundreds of landmark US.buildings, universities and churches were built by the literal blood, sweat and tears of slaves. Even the White House.
Where did our indigenous people go? Some history books try to whitewash US history by attributing it to disease. Stunningly hateful and callous words, even by US presidents, document the genocide.
The Civil War was fought over details of slavery, such as whether or not slave labor would compete with white jobs in the western expansion, but not over the moral issue of slavery. It also decided who would control slavery's political system.
Arguably America's first great heroes. The truly courageous Underground Railroad risked everything to provide freedom and liberty for all.
Emancipation was proclaimed, but freedom was still denied
California's Jim Crow laws restricted civil liberties and rights of Asian Americans: due process, employment, education, holding office, marriage, voting, owning property, where you could live, segregation, etc.
The US government issued a “compulsory attendance” law that enabled federal officers to forcibly take Native American children from their home and reservation.
Why do history books fail to mention this 35 block massacre and bombing?
The US broke treaties by stealing this ancestral land, and allowing a sculptor with KKK ties to carve the faces of four white men who supported exterminating Native Americans into these sacred Black Hills.
We have a responsibility to speak up.
July, 2016, Artist Dread Scott's flag is an update of the NAACP's flag
Between 1920 and 1938, after a lynching, this flag flew at the office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in NYC until the landlord threatened the office with eviction.