Avi and Akhila - Black Lives Matter Project

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Avi and Akhila.

“Everyone should be treated equally no matter what color their skin is. But it’s hard to tell someone to stop doing something mean, especially if it’s your friend. You don’t want to hurt their feelings. But you have to be brave and say something.

“Just because someone has a different color skin doesn’t mean they’re a criminal or a terrorist. We’ve never really experienced anything just because we’re Indian, but I think that’s because we’re more Americanized. I know people are treated differently if they can’t speak the language well.

“What we’ve been thinking about is the protesters saying, ‘No justice, no peace.’ They won’t stop protesting until there is justice for George Floyd. No justice, no peace.”

The portraits of Avi and Akhila and their words are part of my project to create portraits to show how Columbus is responding to and working through the current national protests in support of Black Lives Matter.