1 in 3 in USA

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1 in 3 in USA
51 in
38.5 in
(130 cm x 98 cm)
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One in three Black males will go to prison in their lifetime. Though the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, a loophole clause allowed for enslavement if convicted of a crime. The result is staggering racial disparities in American legislative and criminal justice systems. The U.S. has 4% of the global population, but 25% of the global prison population. That’s the most of any nation, with 2.2 million people incarcerated, plus 4.5 million people on probation or parole. Black Americans make up 13% of the general population, yet 34% are under the control of the criminal justice system. I designed a simple weave pattern to best illustrate Black lives in mass incarceration, as well as to conjure images of abstracted African masks—a symbol of ancestral spirits.
Recycled tablecloth, cotton, found fabric
Machine pieced, hand quilted