British street artist Banksy pays tribute to George Floyd with new artwork

WION Web Team London, England Jun 06, 2020, 09.53 PM(IST)

Banksy's tribute to George Floyd. Photograph:( Reuters )

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It features the scene of a vigil, in which a candle burns the American flag.

British street artist Banksy has revealed new artwork inspired by the death of George Floyd, showing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

It features the scene of a vigil, in which a candle burns the American flag.

The street artist posted an image of it on his Instagram account, and wrote: "At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It's not their problem, it's mine."


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He continued: "People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. The faulty system is making their life a misery, but it's not their job to fix it. They can't - no one will let them in the apartment upstairs.'' 

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Banksy likened racism to a broken pipe flooding a downstairs apartment, and said the downstairs occupants would be entitled to break into the apartment upstairs to fix the problem.

"This is a white problem. And if white people don't fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in."

The artwork appeared as thousands of people gathered in London and other cities around the world to protest the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, where a white police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Last month, he showed a young boy choosing a nurse as the superhero he wants to play with over Batman and Spiderman, in a new artwork to encapsulate the gratitude Britons have felt toward the country's National Health Service during the coronavirus crisis.