Thursday, June 12, 2008

By Any Means Necessary

Here is a new painting that is up at the exhibit at The Vault in Port Townsend. It is a vibes show of mostly reggae musicians but the theme is really this: Live by the Horn, Die by the Horn. 
You may recognize this painting as a famous photograph of Malcolm X holding a rifle, soon before he was assassinated. It is sad that the old phrase Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword was played out in his life. But our government has taken part in the assassination of many people who were striving to forward the cause of justice. My personal take on this is that you really can't fight the bully with fists, or even with the same weapons that the bully uses. You must use other weapons. MUSIC. ART. Poetry. Literature. Word of Mouth! These
 have always been the weapons of real revolution. Not violent dictator switches that give the people the same old thing under a new name. But actual Revolution of the heart, mind and society. The turning of the ball. The turning of the world. Gandhi. Martin. Steven Biko. etc... 

So instead of doing things the way they have always been done to the same end, let's try using the weapons of change that have made a difference. 

So, I have gone back in time and taken out the rifle from the 
X man's hand and given him a tool that CAN affect change.