A Black artist was forced to take his Facebook page private after he posted artwork that showed a young Black girl taking up a weapon against the two white males who killed Ahmaud Arbery.
Maurice Jackson created the artwork as part of his hip-hop ballerina series. The picture, posted on May 8, shows a young Black girl wearing a pink tutu with her natural hair in afro puffs. She is armed with a rifle and is facing down two Caucasian males wrapped in the confederate flag.
She is holding a photo of Arbery, who was killed by a former cop and his son in south Georgia on Feb. 23. The two men were arrested on Thursday and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.
Jackson captioned the artwork: "*NEW ART* 'I THOUGHT THEY LOOKED SUSPICIOUS' #AuhmadArbery [sic] #RIP #hiphopballerinaseries."
The artwork earned praise from fellow artists and Jackson's supporters. But Black women unleashed their fury on him for portraying a minor child as the protector of Black males.
Art is supposed to be purely subjective. But the anger and bitterness expressed in the comments really reflects the frustration that many Black women feel toward Black men who abandoned them and their children for other men or women of other races.
When will Black women accept some responsibility for what Black males have become?
Most Black males were raised in homes where women were head of household. Only 33% of Black women who gave birth were married in 2019. It has been proven that Black women can't raise Black boys to be men.
It's time to do some serious self-reflection.