24" x 36"
I witnessed the event in person: I watched as the girl slowly
inched forward, entranced by the music, and the saxophone
player subconsciously leaned towards his eager young audience. I
saw a look of enchantment crossing the girl’s face, and smiled as
she forgot to swallow her apple. And I watched, for one
prolonged moment, as a golden strand of a single song traversed
age, race, and time, and connected two strangers in harmony.
In this piece, I hoped to address not only the incredible power
and moving beauty of music, but also the darker side of
institutional racism in society. Because racism exists not as
personal acts of prejudice but as a systematic oppression of
people of a certain race, racism is internalized in everyone.
However, the sheer joy and openness of the young girl
demonstrated how man‐made the system is; indeed, the girl acts
as a ray of hope for our new generation, one that can begin to
overcome the institutional racism.