The New York Society for Ethical Culture is hosting the "No More Black Targets" art installation.
The New York Society for Ethical Culture is proud to present an art installation by "No More Black Targets." The launch occurs Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 at the society's Central Park West location, 2 West 64th Street.
The "No More Black Targets" initiative is a group of artists working in multiple mediums. They believe in "more paint, less hate." The campaign was created to increase awareness of racial bias and its violent effects on young black males. Wednesday night, it all kicks off with an evening of music, discussion and art. Targets, yes, actual shooting range targets will be painted over with beautiful designs, turning something deadly into something that is decidely not lethal.
“Positive change can come from art. This is a creativity driven movement aiming to reinvent and re-appropriate the human black target,” said Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader of Ethical NYC in a press release. “We want to raise awareness that subconscious bias can be deadly, and is contributing to one of the biggest violence issues in America."
Gun violence is on the rise. 69 percent of fatalities were young men who were unarmed. A study by the University of Illinois on "trigger bias," found that is a shooter is shown a realistic human target, they're more than likely to shoot at a black target. They found that not only were the shooters faster at shooting a black target, they were more apt to shoot one.
The launch is free and open to the public. Click on this Eventbrite link and register for it.