Arts & Crafts

(not) The New Yorker Covers

One night I was high on the cannabis and I drew a picture of square fish with human faces, under the sea. With a leaping dolphin. And a sunny sun. I had a blast making it, but man, it was pretty bad.

So I decided to take a pic of the drawing, pull it into Photoshop, and add “The New Yorker” to the top to prove that any art looks great if you just make it a New Yorker cover.

I continued with that flow, and made a few more “covers” but with more of an effort. Not too much more! So here, my friend, is my portfolio of New Yorker Magazine covers. Who knows, if I build it, they might come!

Enjoy my covers, and if you have any suggestions for subjects for me to make, please let me know!

Snowy Day Becky

In April, 2018, a white woman named Jennifer Schulte called 911 on Black people who were using a BBQ grill at a public park in Oakland, California, to report that they were doing it illegally (which wasn’t even accurate.)The dispatcher determined they were not committing a crime, so she didn’t send police officers to the scene. Jennifer, who the internet eventually named “BBQ Becky” stayed in the park for over 2 hours, repeatedly calling 911 on the people who were simply having a picnic. The scene eventually escalated, and all of it can be easily viewed online, as it was recorded by a bystander.

In this edition of (not) The New Yorker @newyorkermag Cover, I took Ezra Jack Keat’s classic image from The Snowy Day, a beloved children’s book that was one of the first to feature a black protagonist, and combined it with the popular image of BBQ Becky to illustrate the ridiculousness of this racist habit. Sadly, though, this is what is happening on a daily basis, and it needs to stop.

While there is a lightness to my imagery, I am not diluting the profound power that white people have in our racist country. IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO CALL 911 ON BLACK PEOPLE FOR NON-EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. Police have been called on people who are just living their lives — having a smoke, watching a soccer game, doing their jobs. The devastating impact this can have on people is profound: trauma from the initial interaction, potential criminal charges, the financial repercussions from legal fees and fines, job loss, incarceration, violence and even death. So please, white friends, PAUSE. THINK. ASSESS. Consider your filters. Would you make the call if the person were a middle class white? How would you feel if someone made the call if it were you doing what they’re doing? Can you diffuse the situation yourself? Can you walk away, live and let live? Live and let live.

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