Chrissy, Dannye, and their daughter - Black Lives Matter Project

Updated: Aug 22, 2020

Meet Chrissy, Dannye, and their daughter.

“I think of the Black men in my life, my father, my brother, my boyfriend. I fear how vulnerable they are to violence. They are seen as a threat by the media, by America. They could be out for a run, driving around the neighborhood, or just unlocking the front door, and they are vulnerable to violence.

“I think about the difference between Black men and women in this country. Black women are a commodity, but Black men are a threat.

“Dannye is our protector. What happens to us if something happens to him?

“My brother is an elite pilot in the military. He is at the pinnacle of the profession. But violence could come to him any day, anywhere just because of the color of his skin.

“I thought about what to wear for these portraits and thought about how the sins and trauma of our ancestors are passed down to us. The black we wear represents our connection to those sins, that trauma. I also asked myself, ‘Why should black represent the negative while white represents the innocent?’ That’s one reason I didn’t dress my daughter in white. While I wanted to show my hope for her future, a hope that she will forge her own way beyond our country’s past, I wanted that hope to be neutral rather than white. She represents our hope to heal and grow beyond the conflict between black and white.”