Yesha Callahan

This Woman’s Powerful Painting Perfectly Illustrates the Lack of Justice for Black Victims In America


Monday, a Cleveland grand jury decided not indict two police officers for the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice less than a week after we learned no one would be held accountable for the death of Sandra Bland. While both decisions were heartbreaking, they weren’t unexpected as the list of Black folks killed by police keep growing, but the number of officers charged for their deaths have not.

Justice has always been a precarious notion for Black people in America. Though the system purports itself to be blind, far too often our humanity has been questioned and our grievances dismissed under the crushing weight of racism and anti-Black violence.

Recently, Candace Almy perfectly illustrated the brutality Black victims of state violence have faced in her painting “To the lost souls of 2015.”


The searing image depicts the American flag riddled with bullets and hand painted on a Black woman’s back, and it’s perfect.


  1. December 29, 2015 - Reply


  2. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    Wow.. Love it.

    • January 1, 2016 - Reply


      I agree.

  3. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    Great Message.

    She is right to convey that message. It is totally melancholy to witness so many of our people being murdered by the police and by other evil people. Since the establishment of this country of America (and before the 18th century), black people have been terrorized and stripped of our human rights by a racist, capitalist oligarchy. Sister Candace Almy is certainly conveying what we are thinking about. The injustice of non indictments for the officers involved in the death of Tamir Rice is an outrage. No indictment in dealing with the death of Sandra Bland is also an injustice and a tragedy. The families of the victims are going through unspeakable hurt. The fact that the cops refused to use first aid to Tamir Rice after he was shot for four minutes shows the callous nature of that murdering cop. Over 1,100 human beings have been killed by the police which is much higher than many industrialized nations. It is obvious that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty in Ohio issued a whitewash with that biased grand jury hearing. McGinty scoured the country to obtain reports from three “expert” witnesses, all of whom are longtime members or associates of law enforcement agencies. These agencies falsely determined that Loehmann’s actions were “objectively reasonable.” So, these conflicts of interests have caused a mischaracterization of the truth and the injustice continues. The US Department of Justice has not massively prosecuted crooked cops in the past 3 years. These killer cops act with impunity in American society unfortunately. Many militarized equipment is found in the hands of the local police too. So, this was a whitewash and the working class has been the victims of this evil for so long. We, as black people, will continue to voice the truth. Our black humanity should always be respected.

    Bless Sister Candace Almy.

    #Black Lives Matter.

    RIP Tamir Rice

    RIP Sandra Bland.

  4. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    Powerful and disturbing for all the right reasons. Great message!

  5. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    the painting is perfect. i can’t help but think that black people fought alongside these same enslavers and killers fighting for this country’s independence in the creation and raising of that flag.

  6. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    The art piece is accurate and a powerful message addressing the losing of our bodies to gun violence and police misconduct.

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