SolidarityR. Douglass Rice
After George Floyd’s death in the spring of 2020, millions of people worldwide came to together to protest his killing at the hands of police. Demonstrations all over the country demanded that the violence and killing of Black people stop and that police be held accountable for their actions. In my small town of Stonington, Connecticut, we attended weekly demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. At the end of June 2020, a Black woman named Crystal Caldwell was viciously beaten and called racial slurs by a racist couple staying at the motel where she was working at the front desk. Stonington police allowed this couple to leave the state but they were apprehended two weeks later in New York. Hundreds of people demonstrated weekly calling for the arrest and trial of the attackers. Caldwell’s courage and these events inspired me to create sculpture to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. The circles in the middle unite to signify a unified whole.