I Don't See an American DreamPrimary Artist: Scott Braley

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1991

Medium: Screen printed one day after the police were acquitted, then offset printed

Dimensions: 18″ x 23″

The 1991 video taken by a bystander of Rodney King’s beating by police was the first time many white people saw police brutality, and many were shocked. Over eight minutes, King was hit with batons dozens of times and kicked seven times, sustaining a broken leg, fractured face, taser burns, a concussion, and massive bruising, while two dozen other police stood by.

During the trial, people were even more shocked when the police insisted each and every blow was reasonable, that we should not believe our eyes, and the police were acquitted. The 1992 Los Angeles rebellions were an outcome of the acquittal, in which 63 people were killed and thousands injured.

Read about the Los Angeles Rebellion on page 19 of Breakthrough, and the KKK in the Police Department.

Image: In the middle of the paper is a black silhouette of two policemen beating a person on the ground.

Words: “I don’t see an American Dream, I See an American Nightmare. Malcolm X”, Stop Racism! Stop Police Violence!

Color: black ink on white paper


Sponsor: Prairie Fire Organizing Committee

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