Updated: Sep 30, 2020
For this weeks community perspectives piece, featured is Aniela Onuoha displaying her thoughts and opinions through her painting, “Children of the Sun.”
Children of the Sky
My name is Aniela Onuoha, I've been in Ottawa Canada my whole life- I was born here… for me I feel like the tragic death of George Floyd wasn’t necessarily a wake-up call but, made me want to go out and make a difference, and I think it was like that for a lot of people.
My painting is about black children, specifically protecting black children. I feel like in this society the beauty standards are very Euro-Centric. Black beauty and black children are not always included and I feel like that can be damaging when you are growing up, It can kinda cause some self-hatred. Oftentimes, darker-skinned men and women are portrayed as less human. Especially as children, they are most vulnerable. I believe it's important to uplift them.
I think it's crazy that this social concept of classification based on race and class effects so much. Also crazy that just because someone has a different skin tone simple things such as going for a run can be harmful. I think that is one of the reasons why I think it is so important that we vote, especially young people because we are the future and I think we can make a lot of change