Who Belongs on our Money?
30 x 30 in.
I vote for equality.
People are the Heart of Our Nation. All people including every skin tone, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation, and in my piece I have made our currency a reflection of inclusivity. I painted over 100 different skin tones to call attention to and celebrate how beautiful different colors are next to each other, complimenting and showing the contrasting colors. In my piece, our Nation’s currency is celebrating our nation’s people, which, I believe, is the Heart of our Nation.
The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Although Jefferson’s use of “all men” only included those who were white, landowning males, the phrase has now evolved to include all people, regardless of their race, sex, or ethnicity (Rogers).
Rogers, Mackinlee. 2018.”What Does All Men Created Equal Mean?” Starting Points, (February 26) http://startingpointsjournal.com/men-created-equal-mean-2/ (accessed March 24)
© Suzannah Schreckhise