For years mental health professionals taught people that they could be psychologically healthy without social support, that “unless you love yourself, no one else will love you.”…The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation
Snyder is direct about the racial dynamics at play. “They’re taking away mainly from the black and brown communities,” she said. “Everyone can notice that.” Black youth are 54.5 percent of the district but were 80 percent of those whose schools were announced for closure. “They make us feel like we’re the bad ones,” Snyder says. “We’re not. You’re just not giving us the things we need. So when you see our failing test grades you want to close our schools?” Snyder says those low test scores reflect the catch-22 in which students are trapped. “It’s because we don’t have books, because of what you’re doing.”
Stanback certainly feels the urgency. For herself, for her family’s future, for her daughters. When asked to envision her ideal high school environment, she doesn’t ask for much. “It wouldn’t even have to be beautiful,” Stanback says. “It would be like, you know, you have books. You have paper. You have the classes you need to get you to college.”
"American Royalty" by Sam Spratt commissioned by Childish Gambino
Sam Spratt’s commissioned illustrations for actor/rapper Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.
"What began as cover art for his mixtape ‘Royalty’ evolved into a series of Rockwell-esque vignettes on Americana meant to highlight the side of hip-hop that tends to take a back seat to “money, cars, and jewelry” – where you come from.
The collection of 10 illustrations cover a wide-spectrum of the little moments – the struggles, the simple pleasures, the risks, the irony, the humor, the hopes, and the realities of the American life that maybe isn’t quite so cookie cutter.” Prints available at royalty.samspratt.com.