271 Years Before Pantone
In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” mixed and Described every color imaginable in an 800-page book. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water.
In the Washington, DC, area, black kids are two to five times more likely to suspended or expelled from school than their white classmates… In New York City, over the course of a four-month period in the summer and fall of 2011, all but four of the sixty-three students arrested in school were black or Latino. They aren’t disproportionately more disruptive, but their behavior is interpreted as such. This is how you end up with Trayvon Martins and Jordan Davises. We create these images of monsters and then wonder why people go out slaying them."
— Mychal Denzel Smith on the routine criminalization of black and brown youth