Give Trump the finger without lifting one, one small hand at a time.
The race emoji can be uncomfortable, but embracing the diversity that makes up the human spectrum has never been so important. I don't like using the original white ones that spawned online racial tension. I also can't use the non-white ones which would be seen as insensitive. Making everything yellow/non-human was intended to be an improvement, but by purposely ignoring diversity we turn a blind eye to the truth. Faced without answers, I began using all the shades.
After sending a long text of gradient skin tones, I took a second to look at deep range of values people come in. We could make a beautiful picture together.
So, I developed a program that converts a black and white image into 6 tones, and overlays it with the appropriate emoji. Shades of ✌️ filled my screen until I ironically input a photo of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Seeing the universal symbol of peace stamped across his face stood in disturbing contrast to the unusually outlandish, hateful, and racist agenda he's promoted along his campaign. He deserves an entirely different symbol. I made one. Now I'm looking to get it printed.
Funding from this project will be used to cover the costs of printing a limited run of 18” x 24” 3 color silkscreen posters. The posters will be printed by The Half and Half in South Carolina on Cougar Natural 100#C and will be shipped in ULINE cardboard tubes.
Digitally printed postcards will also be available, printed by Moo, and offered in a separate reward tier.
We can make a beautiful picture together, but we also need to make a more beautiful world together. Come November 8th, VOTE!
Special thanks to Scott Petrichko, Evelynne Scholnick, and Christian Madden. Photo reference by Gage Skidmore