I walked around the museum today looking at the fine art. It moved me so much I had to sit down and just think. I was trying to figure out why the different pieces of art affected me in different ways. I looked at composition and time period. I looked at subject and artist. I looked for what was common about all the different pieces, what made them important to me.
That was when I saw those looking at the same art pieces around me. Not a one of them were the same. I tried to find the commonalities that linked us, besides the art. The African American, what about his composition and subject? Well, his pigment placed his lineage coming from Africa. The Asian woman standing in front of the Picasso had relatives from a different part of the world, but her ancestors came also from Africa. My own pale skin, a product of Northern Europe breeding, also originated at one point in Africa. This revelation showed me we are all African at some point, so black lives matter should be a rallying cry for us and our brothers and sisters, not a wall of separation for both sides. After all, it’s all in the family.