The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 led to the most significant story of 2020 outside of the global coronavirus pandemic: The Black Lives Matter movement. However, America’s disappointing failures of racial justice and equality date back to the country’s very founding.
It has long been important for ImageThink to include diversity in our graphic recording work. This year, during the month of February, ImageThink spent time reflecting and documenting the black experience in the United States, creating a series of infographics
Our first infographic visualizes Nikole Hannah Jones’s piece for The New York Times, “What is Owed?” The article details the unbroken series of systems that have stacked the deck against black Americans from the beginning.
It was important also to note that the impacts of racism aren’t just in the past, nor are they isolated to interactions with the police. Black communities and businesses were hit even harder by the pandemic, as evidenced in in three articles from The New York Times we combined into our second visual.
For that piece, we visualized “The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus,” “Coronavirus is Hitting Black Business Owners Hardest,” and “60 Black Health Experts Urge Black Americans to Get Vaccinated.”
Our third infographic illustrated the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s article, Being Antiracist. Based on the work of Ibram X. Kendi, the article details how Americans can actively combat racism on the personal, inter-personal, and institutional levels daily.
If you want to read more about about the history and current state of racism in America, or the Black Lives Matter movement, the organizations below have a wealth of information and are making strides towards racial justice. We encourage you to check them out.
Links for the organizations above: