In the US 1 in 3 black men will spend some time in prison in their lifetime. Despite making up only 30% of the US population, african americans constitute 60% of US jail populations. North Carolina is particularly exemplary of this inequality, with a 22% black population, and yet and incarcerated black population at 55%.
Throughout the week of Alternate Root's Annual Roots Week conference of 2015 I drew hundreds of lines in chalk across the Alternate Roots conference grounds. Each line represents a man in jail in North Carolina (per 100,000 of the population), with the solid lines representing men of color and the dotted lines represent white males.
Additionally, I was honored to be asked to contribute to Muthi Reed and Angela Davis Johnson's installation, "The Hollerin Quiet", this morning. This installation is a powerful tribute to disappearing black women.
In recognizing that our current criminal justice system disappears black women from society at an alarmingly increasing rate, I have created a small addition to my installation "Disappeared" to coincide with "The Hollerin Quiet". In the US the number of incarcerated women has increased 800% in the last three decades. Black women are 6 times as likely as their white counterparts to be imprisoned.