De-Conditioning: Facts & Figures

Checking in: If you’re feeling like a bad person, shame, white guilt…good! It means you have a moral compass, you’re human and not the thugs you project others to be. Don’t sweep things under the rug just because it’s uncomfortable, modify your actions, behavior and attitude. We can’t fix what we ignore. Artist: Cheskatanglao

Words By Joaquin

I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here. I think that’s the message that we’re sending, to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from.

I don’t think anybody wants a handout, or preferential treatment, although that’s what we give ourselves every year. I think people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work. This is not a self-righteous condemnation, because I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem.

I have not done everything in my power to ensure that sets I work on are more inclusive, but I think it’s more than just having sets that are multicultural. I think that we have to really do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it’s the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuated and benefits from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it, so that’s on us. Artist: Ali Elmaci