Banksy releases new art condemning the police killing of George Floyd

Banksy insists, "This is a white problem"
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Banksy releases new art condemning the police killing of George Floyd
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Banksy has released a new artwork in response to the brutal killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. 

The new piece portrays an anonymous black figure alongside a candle that has set the American flag on fire.

After police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed pushing his knee into George Floyd's neck for over eight minutes, police brutality gave rise to protests across the US as well as prompting a series of rallies worldwide. 

Banksy's latest political statement was prompted by the killing George Floyd

Posting on his Instagram yesterday, the anonymous British street artist began by saying: “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem. It’s mine.”

Tackling racism, he continued to say: “People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system."

Banksy's statement on Instagram

To better illustrate the ongoing situation, Banksy's allegory hit home: “Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. This faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t – no-one will let them in the apartment upstairs.”

He ended the post by writing: “This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.”

Photos: Instagram @banksy