temple university graduate student kara springer calls on white students to take action against racial injustice with on-campus art installation

September 26, 2016

Last week at Temple University, graduate sculpture student from the Tyler School of Art, visual artist and industrial designer Kara Springer created a powerful call to action against police brutality and racial injustice with a straight-to-the-point public art piece. The message? Simple—“white people. do something”. Do what, exactly? You know, anything that positively diverges from passively accepting the racial injustice and inequalities that they benefit from. Perhaps this comes in the form of authentic allyship, which may include silently listening to black perspectives, acknowledging one’s privilege, educating other white people, and using said privileges to help amplify, create space for, and protect black voices and bodies, on our terms. Do research and listen. Give your time and compassion. Just…do something.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

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