None of us are free until we’re all free

1st June 2020, 2:36 pm

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled, 1980, Color pencil on paper, 18.00” x 15.89”, ©1980-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland worked for decades to breakdown walls and establish equality for everyone. Tom wanted to help create a world where everyone would be accepted as they are, to be able to live free from the scrutiny and judgments of those who seek to perpetuate a system of oppression.

Tom’s Foundation stands with all those in protest against brutality and injustice.

We all need to be part of the solution of dismantling racial injustice.

 

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled, 1972, Graphite on paper, 11.75” x 8.13”, ©1972-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’” Martin Luther King, August 28, 1963

The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. “Crimes” create “criminals”, who are stripped of their human rights upon entering and exiting the prison/justice system, systematically.

In 1969, being Queer was illegal, or more aptly put – a crime. Marsha P. Johnson was in the front line at Stonewall, where 21 were arrested.
How many thousands of us have been brutalized and arrested for being who we are?

While the Civil Rights Movement resulted in legal changes, Blacks continue to experience discrimination and prejudice at every level of society. The situation is even more severe for those in our LGBTQ community, who live at the intersection of racism, homophobia and transphobia.

The intersection for many also includes misogyny. The term intersectionality was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Founder of African American Policy Forum, speaking on the intersectionality of racism and sexism. BLM was partly formed by Black Queer women who deal with heterosexism, racism and misogyny.


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Published: 1st June 2020

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