Michael D'Antuono's Art And Response

Pete Seeger

The Talk

54″ x 32″ | oil on canvas

It’s been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Selma to Montgomery marches. Contrast that progress to 2014, which saw police officers in several cities killing unarmed African Americans without risk of indictment. I doubt that Dr. King would have ever dreamed that in 2015, African American parents would still find it necessary to warn their young sons about the dangers of being black in America.

Selected Press: http://www.vibe.com/2015/01/michael-dantuono-the-talk-portrait/  http://thegrio.com/2015/01/19/the-talk-michael-dantuono/  http://www.jetmag.com/galleries/art-activist-michael-dantuono-releases-mlk-painting/#ixzz3VbI3D9u1  http://www.eclectablog.com/2015/01/on-mlk-day-michael-dantuonos-art-depicts-how-far-we-have-yet-to-go-on-race-relations-in-america.html  http://diply.com/diply-news/michael-antuono-painting-shocking-race-american/88436

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  • Nadia78

    Powerful painting! It’s hard to believe this is a conversation African American parents have to have with their sons in this day and age. Some say we’ve come a long way. I say we still have far to go. Thanks for reminding us of tha

  • Republitards suck

    Speechless.

  • Martyshata

    This grieves me and gives me hope simultaneously. As a mom of an African American son, it doesn’t matter how he dress, his mannerism, his educational attainment he is NOT seen as MY pride and joy or future BUT one with animalistic tendencies and a threat. Thanks for a platform so mom’s such as myself can say, MY BABY MATTERS TOO!

  • swag

    very ham-fisted. this seriously lacks the nuance the topic deserves

  • Terry L. Radcliff

    These type experiences has been around a long time. He would not be surprised.

  • Mirroex

    Cool, thought this might be a simplification of the idea but this works

  • Michael D’Antuono

    I have collected a couple hundred comments from the many articles written about this piece. I will repost them here in sections. Here’s the first batch:

    Jonbtn: ‘The Talk’ should be mandatory for all cops b&w,
    by parents of black youths to explain to the cops why they feel the need to
    warn their kids…

    Solomon Shabazz:

    Artist like you are needed to make the world a better place.
    Never give

    up…..people are waiting, watching, and appreciating.
    Thanks Mike

    Jan 19th, 11:57am

    White Artist Portrays ‘The Talk’ Black Parents Have In
    Powerful Painting – THEGRIO.COM

    Doraetta Hesse, Zack Stewart, Mack Green and 5,853 others

    like this. 2,293 shares

    Tamara Suell: A great and innovative artist that’s able to

    successfully cross racial lines

    Like · Reply · 130 · January 19 at 10:47am

    Tamara Suell: His art deserves an award

    Like · 6 · January 19 at 10:52am

    Lisa Grant Davis I think he’s “passing”… LOL!

    Like · 4 · January 19 at 11:11am

    Black’Dynamite Taylor I’ve been following his artwork for a

    little over a year now and he’s legit. You should check him
    out.

    Like · 9 · January 19 at 11:30am

    Alston Green His artwork is commendable but their equally as

    many artists of color who are living this experience who
    also deserve

    recognition. As I am an art director for African American
    products I have many white artists who execute culturally relevant imagery.

    Like · 5 · January 19 at 7:30pm

    Miles Coleman EMPATHY IS VERY POWERFUL…

    Like · Reply · 78 · January 19 at 10:44am

    Linda-Ruth Cardozo As a Spanish-speaking, Jewish lesbian who

    voted for Obama twice, I’d like to LIKE this comment a
    thousand times. And, I reach across the divide, asking for some empathy in
    return.

    Linda Ann Washington: and this is why the NYPD are pissed at

    the mayor who said that he and his wife had the talk with
    their son, so they say he threw them under the bus.

    Kamesha Penny: Well real is real, some people don’t like real!

    Smh

    Shelia Graham: Sorry his other painting did not sale. I wish
    I had the funds to purchase it. A tale of two hoodies. Now so cities are trying

    to band children from wearing hoodies, yet they never ban
    the KKK from wearing their hoods.

    January 19 at 11:39am

    Miles Coleman @sheila…a couple of years ago, Atlanta city

    council was trying to ban sagging pants..smh..all the
    council members are black except 2..

    Like · January 19 at 12:03pm

    Valda Jean Combs Miles, that is a false equivalency.

    Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:12pm

    Shelia Graham That is just so political, Miles. I don’t care

    what color a person is, when they start dictating how we
    dress, we will slowly descend into a police state. We are almost there by the
    way.

    Like · 2 · January 19 at 12:12pm

    Miles Coleman @velda jean combs…both are trying to

    criminalize blacks for the clothes they wear

    Like · January 19 at 12:18pm

    Valencia Dale Unfortunately, their hate speech/terrorism is
    protected under the 1st Amendment.

    Like · 2 · January 19 at 2:02pm

    Jenjen Ianson Look at y’all, a white man does a painting and

    y’all all in awe….. Slave mentality…. There are many
    black artists out

    there that have done exceptional pieces, but do they get the
    acknowledgement that they deserve. That why we as a people and a na…See More

    Like · Reply · 29 · January 19 at 11:12am

    Miles Coleman: …because the white artist isn’t affected by
    racism, yet he can emphasize…

    Like · 21 · January 19 at 11:16am

    Jessica Dailey: You missed the point-he empathized. It is
    not a slave mentality to be happy that someone took time to if not understand,
    but

    acknowledge the pain of others, especially if that pain is
    so outside their

    position of privilege.

    Like · 24 · January 19 at 11:26am

    Tamara Suell: You are right Miles, it great to see whites

    that can empathize with the black experience. It was whites
    of this kind that supported the Civil Rights movement. In order to advance, we
    (blacks) need a diverse group of allies and supporters.

    Like · 27 · January 19 at 11:31am

    Danielle R Revels: At the end of the day, any movement needs
    their allies to spread the word to the rest of the majority.

    Like · 19 · January 19 at 11:44am

    April Grasty: You obviously missed the point. Gone and stay
    behind and angry yet do nothing about it.

    Richard Berry: It does not matter who painted this, the
    point comes across quite well. You have some misplaced anger going on. What you

    should be mad at is why the man had to paint the painting in
    the first place. Also, seeing that a white man painted it, it shows that we are
    not the only ones to see the injustices done against our people and that we are
    not a part of a collective delusion. Others can see it too.

    Like · 25 · January 19 at 12:04pm

    Krystal GotNaps Brown: So….Appreciating art now means that

    you have a slave mentality because the artist happens to be
    White that painted a Black depiction?! No one is trying to take anything away
    from Black artists and they are recognized. I guess the Asian painter who
    created different portraits of all races for my family shouldn’t be recognized
    either with that logic.

    Like · 14 · January 19 at 12:13pm

    Nancy Griffin: It’s sad that you don’t get it. What
    difference does it make that he’s white? You’re no better than the white racist
    when you think and talk the way that you just did. We all must find a way to be

    respectful of each other. We are all together in this boat
    called Earth

    Like · 10 · January 19 at 1:13pm

    Eunetta Boone: Whatever makes the point that you missed.
    Holding

    us in the same place by our own ain’t so cool either.

    Like · 4 · January 19 at 2:04pm

    Karen McDade: It’s slave mentality to be okay with the races

    staying segregated and only acknowledging and honoring one’s
    own race. That is what the racists want, they are angry because those of their
    race (like this artist) are empathizing with and understanding the Black
    struggle which helps empower us. They are losing and they can’t handle it so it
    helps them when Black people slap away the hands that want to help.

    Like · 7 · January 19 at 2:51pm

    David Radford: There are a lot of good replies here, but I
    shouldn’t comment because I’m a privileged white.

    Like · 7 · January 19 at 4:54pm

    Enrique Torres: Yeah, what ever makes the point. Even if
    Zimmerman, who is a painter apparently, how done it, or George Bush, it only
    matters that the message was “right”

    Like · January 19 at 6:44pm

    Ekela Dixon: Our purpose has never been to isolate white

    people. It is to be treated with equality. So we must also
    treat people

    equally. And wether or not this artist is white or black,
    our support of the

    message remains the same. It seems like YOU are the one that
    needs to think.

    Michael Sowell: Let’s hope all the other artists don’t turn

    their backs on him.

    Like · Reply · 21 · January 19 at 10:59am

    Cheryl Rose: The picture illustrates the concern of black
    parents for their black children…it’s scary out here…you have to have this
    talk and many more….don’t let society raise your children #EpicFail

    Like · Reply · 19 · January 19 at 12:05pm

    De’Angelo Moore: Stop looking for negative things I believe
    as a young black male in America this picture speaks to me foreal this talk

    should be held in our households how can any of us speak for
    Dr King he wanted everyone to be fair not equal

    Like · Reply · 15 · January 19 at 11:30am

    Jenjen Ianson: What is wrong with you people???? You are all

    conditioned to the white man’s deceit…. Blinded by your
    confounded

    mentality…. Nothing and I mean NOTHING that a white man
    does is out of care and compassion….. They don’t care about none of you but
    your ignorance clouds your judgement…. why don’t you all go out and buy it,
    put some more of your slave earned money into the white man’s pocket…..

    Like · Reply · 14 · January 19 at 11:34am

    Miles Coleman: …so because LBJ didn’t really like blacks,
    you think we shouldn’t take advantage of the civil rights legislations passed
    during his presidency because he didn’t do it with a PURE HEART?… A DOCTOR
    DOESNT OPERATE ON YOU BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU, HE operates on you because he makes
    money from it. do u still get the operation or do u forego the operation and
    die because the doctor isn’t doing it out of kindness or compassion vut for a
    dollar…smh’

    Like · 6 · January 19 at 11:52am

    Ann Hicks: Really, never thought of that,then it should be

    free; like these books, Bible ‘s these big preachers sealing
    on their Christian channels, majority want money.ijs.

    Like · January 19 at 11:53am

    Miles Coleman: Ann Hicks…u betta shut up talking bout

    BISHOP EDDIE LONG..he only has 2 Rolls Royce’s.

    Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:00pm

    Vicky Brooks: it cost money to be on tv and these places
    they

    go and speak. the tv station doesn’t say well being your a
    preacher you get your program for free or Madison square garden or any place
    else they speak at. they have to pay just like anyone else

    Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:01pm

    Richard Berry: You people ? That is certainly one of the
    ways

    WHITE people talk down to us….hmmmm

    Like · 5 · January 19 at 12:05pm

    Deanna Frith Weber: You are so wrong. Stop promoting hate.

    Someone did something positive.

    Like · 7 · January 19 at 12:25pm

    Ginnie McKnight: For every story like this, there’s a

    THOUSAND black artist such as myself that’s passed up for
    contributing a positive message too!

    Like · 4 · January 19 at 12:39pm

    Barbara Drummond: Barr girl, you’re too angry! get a grip!
    not all whites are bigots. There are a lot of ignorant blacks who are bigoted.
    You for one, appear to have a lot of hatred in your heart. The Bible states,
    “Love your enemy”. Maybe you should start with loving yourself!!

    Like · 8 · January 19 at 1:06pm

    MzNakiesha Richards: Well said!!! I had the talk with my
    sons. I don’t need no illustrations. He don’t know what are son and brothers
    have deal with on a day to day basis. Why we the only race that have to get pat
    on back by Mr. White!! Ijs

    Like · January 19 at 1:22pm

    Ivan Gill: And that same bible was used to endorse slavery!

    No thanks, i’m good!

    Like · 3 · January 19 at 2:09pm

    Karen McDade: Ivan, the Bible has been misused in many ways

    but that makes the people wrong who misuse it, not the Bible
    itself.

    Like · 3 · January 19 at 2:55pm

    Suzette Zebradiva Glover: Looking at this painting just
    brought tears to my eyes….the hurtful thing is that WE BLACK PARENTS HAVE TO
    HAVE THIS TALK WITH OUR PRECIOUS SONS!!!

    Like · Reply · 13 · January 19 at 11:49am

    Iris Basham: This is a conscious man and getting the point
    across in his painting. Every black parent can identify with this subject.
    Great painting Michael D’Antuono and thank you for showing your conscious
    awareness.

    Like · Reply · 12 · January 19 at 5:24pm

    Leonice Williamson: He is speaking to his people…for their

    enlightenment! …we’ve always been enlightened…we live
    it!

    Like · Reply · 12 · January 19 at 11:49am

    Miles Coleman: Maybe a white artist can inspire whites to
    take our plight more seriously than if the painting was done by a black artist

    Like · Reply · 12 · January 19 at 11:32am

    Wallace Muhammad: And if not then it just shows that not

    everybody supports injustice, inequality &
    discrimination.

    Like · 4 · January 19 at 12:39pm

    MzNakiesha Richards: They know they just don’t care!!

    Like · 1 · January 19 at 1:23pm

    Diamonique Wright: Cool. But why does his color matter. Just
    asking…

    Like · Reply · 11 · January 19 at 11:36am

    Malika MzMal Campbell: I think it’s because someone, who is

    white, gets it!

    Like · 2 · January 19 at 12:00pm

    Diamonique Wright: Only thing that should matter is the

    painting, not the color of the person who made it

    Like · 4 · January 19 at 12:07pm

    Valda Jean Combs: If only “should” was the
    reality.

    Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:13pm

  • Michael D’Antuono

    Here are more collected comments:

    Jenjen Ianson: Richard you would say that wouldn’t you it’s
    typical coming from a white man, is it misplaced to be told to forget about
    what we have been through for the past 400 years? Is it misplaced anger to be
    concerned about what you white people do and continue…See More
    Like · Reply · 10 · January 19 at 12:11pm

    Sandi Beamon: Its a great gesture however Im always
    questionable when whites decide they can speak for how Dr.King would think..Our
    view and their view is never going to coincide…We dont see
    things in the world like they do…I think Dr. KING would be on the front…See
    More
    Like · Reply · 9 · January 19 at 11:22am

    Miles Coleman: …everybody sees different things from their
    own perspective. ..as a white man he cant put himself in our shoes, but
    he can emphasize with us.
    Like · 2 · January 19 at 11:40am

    Wallace Muhammad: Eventually queen WE ALL NEED to see the
    world beyond color. This is one of the things Brother Martin
    fought, bled and eventually lost his life for. YES! We are able to solve our
    own problems BUT the entire world is in trouble and eventually it’s gonna take
    ALL OF US to combat & solve the world’s problems. I’m 1000%
    “pro-black” but I’m also pro the human race, Peace queen
    Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:33pm

    Sandi Beamon: Miles Coleman did u mean empathize. ..you are
    correct and that was the point….he can’t possibly feel
    what its like to go thru this struggle..dont get me wrong it was a good gesture
    but I’m speaking from my heartfelt pain…and yes we all should be striving for
    the same things but some issues are better served and stated by our own…
    Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:47pm

    Miles Coleman: Sandi Beamon…seems like youre saying whites
    should just be quiet..the problem is that most are quiet
    Like · 3 · January 19 at 1:05pm

    Sandi Beamon: Now that’s not even close to what I said or
    meant…don’t twist my words…one last time since your comprehension is a little
    slow…whites cant possibly feel or understand what this feels like or what DR.
    KING would or would not say so speak your opinion and stop pretending you know
    what this skin feels like when you do not know what it feels like…Im done
    here so if you cant understand. Oh well..Whites cant possibly know because they
    do not go thru what we do….peace!!!
    Like · January 19 at 1:59pm

    Erika Michelle Gladden: He gets it..
    Like · Reply · 9 · January 19 at 10:58am

    M’Shai S. Dash: I know I had to have that talk with my boy.
    Really bummed me out, but I figured it was irresponsible not to. Powerful
    painting.
    Like · Reply · 8 · January 19 at 6:23pm

    Kimberly Renae: Why does everyone have to be identified in
    terms of race (color)? “White artist”. Why can’t it just be “an
    artist”, Grio?? Race baiting. smdh
    Like · Reply · 8 · January 19 at 5:21pm

    Althea Gauvin: Ironically I was thinking the same thing.
    Great portrait from a conscious human being, not sure why his race has to be
    called out.
    Like · 7 · January 19 at 7:16pm

    Reggie Hardaway: Amazing how many blacks don’t talk to their
    kids about racism in America and the world is. Not to hinder
    their success but to warn them and teach them what to do and who they should
    associate. It’s neglect of black children and setting them up for possible
    execution not to teach them.
    Like · Reply · 7 · Yesterday at 2:33am

    Charlene Chavis: I had to finally come to realize this with
    2 sons that I was avoiding this aspect of life bc my parents avoided it with
    me.
    Painful.
    Like · 1 · Yesterday at 3:54am

    Lydia Tremayne: Wow so creative and genius. I love
    non-racist white people. Real genuine people. Why can’t we live a month more of
    these type of people instead of a bunch of devils.
    Like · Reply · 7 · Yesterday at 12:10am

    Sade Smith: I think it’s beautiful…I love the idea.. I
    love the message its sending.. I love it.. hopefully more white ppl can feel
    exactly what this white gentleman felt for the African American
    community..#concern
    #hurt#injustice#unfair #everydaystruggle…See More
    Like · Reply · 7 · January 19 at 12:14pm

    Jenjen Lanson: So basically you are saying that you need a
    white man to paint a picture to tell you that you need to talk with your kids
    about social injustices????? Are you our out your mind?????
    Like · Reply · 7 · January 19 at 11:30am
    7 Replies

    Tee Bailey: That is AWESOME! I love it. Very inspiring. Why
    can’t ALL people generally be like this? I’m so sick and tired of this coon
    drama that ALL idiots are doing.
    Like · Reply · 8 · January 19 at 10:51am

    Jason Lee: Is coon a word for whites?
    Like · January 19 at 11:30am

    Miles Coleman: Jason Lee…does your religion or ignorance
    makes u hate blacks so much?
    Like · January 19 at 11:33am

    Jason Lee: I don’t hate blacks Miles geez bro.. Don’t talk
    religion with miles, he’s an athiest & he hates whites.
    Like · 1 · January 19 at 11:34am

    Shereen Renee: The Talk: You are different in this society.
    You cannot do what white people do; and if they kill you,
    they will get away with it. YOU, however, will NEVER get away with defending
    yourself against them, even after you are dead.
    Like · Reply · 15 · January 19 at 11:33am

    Kay T. Williams: Omg, does it have to be a big deal that he
    is white? He is a descent human being who understands that what is happening is
    wrong. The color of his skin is irrelevant, i think….
    Like · Reply · 6 · Yesterday at 2:46am

    T Dianne Bellamy-Small: Art knows no color
    Like · Reply · 6 · January 19 at 1:50pm

    Deirdre Henderson Carlock: His are shows that he really does
    understand. It’s seems so rare that humanity overrides selfishness and deceit.
    I commend the artist.
    Like · Reply · 6 · January 19 at 12:21pm

    Evy Hawkins: Unfortunately, this “TALK” has taken
    place in many African American homes in the past few months.
    Like · Reply · 6 · January 19 at 11:43am

    Janice BestNana Williams: Past few month? This
    “Talk” has taken place for years; my sons are 36
    and 35.
    Like · 3 · January 19 at 12:10pm

    Jason Lee: I got it in my white home in 1995
    Like · January 19 at 12:30pm

    Jason Lee: I was 15
    Like · January 19 at 12:30pm

    Evy Hawkins: True, so did my brothers and us girls back in
    the 60s and so did my son in the 70s. But surprisingly not
    all parents feel the need or think to do so. I have worked around many college
    age young men who have never had “the talk” because the parent(s) in
    their mind are not seeing the issues in their cities the world has been exposed
    to happening in other cities more and more lately. Now they are beginning to
    see differently because our young men leave our town for larger cities to go to
    college or work where it may be an issue, so young men/parents are being
    heavily “talked to” by male mentor groups in our city about what to
    do and how to conduct themselves when confronted by police or others who may do
    you harm. To just
    tell your child “they know how to act” when they
    go out is not enough
    anymore. There has been a huge response from single mothers
    who have said they do not know what specifically to tell their young sons on
    this issue because they have not experienced the things that men do and they
    want their sons to get the right information that will hopefully keep them out
    of the situations we have seen lately. I am sure there are more families/groups
    having “the talk” in the past few months to be sure their sons/daughters
    understand the dangers if stopped.
    Like · 1 · January 19 at 1:59pm

    Valda Jean Combs Rural areas are just as dangerous for our
    children. They are the destination for white flight and the
    resting place for police officers with problems.
    Like · January 19 at 5:08pm

    Ivan Gill: Too many whites confuse slavery
    with,”indentured servitude”! Indentured servitude
    was working for
    someone to pay off their debts, then were granted freedom!
    Slavery was a more permanent,and more devastating!
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 2:27pm

    Brandy Johns: The child is too old. These are conversations,
    it happens throughout the childs entire life. I know guys in college that have
    parents that are STILL GIVING THEM TALKS!!!!
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 1:52pm

    Francine Williams: He gets it and is empathetic to the
    realities of Black parents. Some people don’t think the “Talk” is
    real and minimize the concerns Black parents have about the police engaging our
    children.
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 1:28pm

    Aimee Morrison: What a great painting! It is so shameful
    that
    we live in a society where people are so hateful and
    despicable to one another. We should ALL be able to live in peace without the
    fear of our loved ones being exterminated for the color of their skin.
    #PeaceLoveHarmony
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 1:09pm

    Alicia Hawkins: I like the painting, however I have seen
    local blk artist do the same, with no fanfare.
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 12:56pm

    Kristopher Teflondiva Long: Wow. .. something deeper that I
    wonder if the artist intended. The boy sits on the side of the room the Dr.
    King portrait sits on (the reality that nothing has really changed for our
    future) juxtaposed with the parents airing on the side
    Obamas portrait sits on (the fantasy that we have somehow made it as a race)
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 11:42am

    Larisa Shuga Reynolds: I thought that was Malcolm X, no?
    Sheesh I need new glasses.
    Like · January 19 at 12:16pm

    Angela Willis: Am I the only person who feels kicked in the
    gut by this?
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 11:42am

    Jenjen Ianson: It’s not negativity, it’s factual…. Learn
    your history
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 11:38am

    Nana Highsmith: A painting showing mixed couples having
    “the talk”with their sons, too would be awesome
    also.
    Like · Reply · 4 · January 19 at 2:58pm

    Doreigh G Silvia It’s truth. The conversation is had within
    the homes of people of color….See More
    Like · Reply · 4 · January 19 at 12:32pm

    Jenjen Ianson Oh ok and he intends to make money from his
    painting eventually, he might not sell them now he’s going to wait for a little
    while, for the painting to get more promotion them boom all you little slave
    children are going to run our and buy a copy…..not me, I’m trying to buy from
    my own people, people who UNDERSTAND AND EXPERIENCE the struggle @miles
    Like · Reply · 4 · January 19 at 12:03pm

    Thatgurl Reddy-Redd: It is extremely powerful and needed at
    this time and Thanks for recognizing the struggle.. #StayBlessed
    Like · Reply · 4 · January 19 at 11:36am

    Hatch MDeez: Murrica doesnt want you to ever forget about
    9/11 but white people have commited some of the most heinous acts of terrorism
    ever on AMERICAN soil and have made a profit while doing so
    and white people STILL continue to capitalize off the suffering of Black
    people. Please dont be naive.
    Like · Reply · 9 · January 19 at 2:44pm
    2 Replies

    Jewon Williams: Really had to mention he’s white though? I
    swear media will point out the most unimportant stuff like
    the painter is worst or better because he’s white
    Like · Reply · 9 · January 19 at 12:14pm

    Vanessa Lucier-Blackburn: Great job Michael D’Antuono… And
    thank you
    Like · Reply · 3 · Yesterday at 1:21am

    Keke: no worries Keep it real Adams Comments ppl leave who
    should
    look at this painting in a positive. Note it can send
    message. To all race and nationality.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 7:01pm

    LaTolsha Camper: Powerful painting. He gets it…
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 6:27pm

    Alston Green: He needs to send a copy to the NYPD.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 5:28pm

    Sharnta’ Adams: Wow…almost like he was sitting in my
    living room! Beautifully done.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 4:20pm

    Alicia Jones: I just left a National Black male org’s
    private screening of Selma. Years ago I was blessed to have worked with Viola
    Liuzzo’s
    daughter Sally. I had never heard of her mother prior to
    meeting Sally but she taught me it’s not about Black or White but instead about
    right or wrong. Selma honored Ms Liuzzo by paying her homage in the movie
    Selma. We are all God’s children. Amen to the artist, I say bravo , bravo my
    brother…
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 4:17pm

    Quentin Moore: It’s real. Gotta respect this.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 1:26pm

    Harriet Garner: ‘The Talk’ has been part of our people’s
    oral history for as far back as I can recall. I am pleased that the practice is
    being brought to light as a reminder that conformity may not be enough to
    survive amidst fearful haters. ‘The Talk’ applies to the survival of all men,
    women and children as long as racism is tolerated in the world.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 12:54pm

    Adrian Burney: One problem I see is self-segregation. The
    single truth that needs to be understood is that we (humans) are all inherently
    equal. If we continue to be small minded, myopic, and
    ignorant we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes that lead us to where we are
    today! We, as a species, need to expand our minds to accept our commonalities
    and treasure our diversity or ultimately we will destroy one another.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 12:03pm

    Jonathan Thalberg: I think it’s wonderful (the art, not the
    reason for it); glad many others feel the same.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 11:00am

    Linda Keykanuteh: Tasha DiCoio……….Its not to blame ALL
    whites. Its to make our children aware of the lingering
    hatred. My family is cape verdean and east indian mixed with white …..as a
    kid growing up i remember my white looking uncle warning my older cousins of
    racist cops and neighbors. He was accepted in many circles because he looked
    more white and knew the dark skinned relatives would be subjected to hate by
    white cops.
    Like · Reply · 2 · Yesterday at 9:49am

    Andra Powell Henderson: A powerful but sad commentary!!
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 8:44pm

    David Rattler: That was my grandmother never allowed a
    picture of the Jesus man on her walls no indictrination of
    them appearing like God
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 6:23pm

    Jacqueline Stallworth: He gets it!
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 3:56pm

    Jocelyn D. Faulkner-Payton: His art is magnificent.
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 3:17pm

    Marcus L. Magwood: It sends a powerful message.
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 3:15pm

    Anessia Jenkins: Wow
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 3:11pm

    Cordell Taylor: Powerful
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 3:09pm

    Miz Amanda: I like it yet it’s sad what the world has come
    too
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 2:03pm

    Harrison Isaac: A ” white artist impression of what the
    black parents need to start doing” I love the work well put. Anybody can
    see that the painting speaks volume. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO BEHAVE IN
    PUBLIC PLACE!!! and they won’t get Short at or get killed
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 12:45pm

    Miles Coleman:…u sound igorant..the color of their skin is
    the reason unarmed blacks are murdered by the police
    Like · 5 · January 19 at 1:07pm

    Traci Poole-Marshall: Wow,,,,, the talk definitely must take
    place in every African Americans home,, sad to say but it is
    and shell be the rights of passage for the black culture
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 11:31am

    Iris Demar-Birdow: I love this, where can you purchase this
    painting?
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 11:28am

    Jethon Jenkins: Powerful Stuff.
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 11:26am

    Kimberly Jean: awesome. the power of art and it’s ability to
    convey any message. Artists can be the most objective people that you can meet.
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 11:16am

    Camille Muhammad: His perception of “the talk” is
    nice. Two concerned parents watching the news with their 9 or 10 year old son,
    the look of distress and pain on their faces while their son has fear in his
    eyes. Very powerful image indeed. However, is this really how it goes down?
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 11:01am

    Demetria Thomas: Yes it is, I have four sons and I gave had
    a
    conversation with them because we are treated differently
    and are treated as a threat on site. I have had that same look on my face
    watching or reading the news.
    Like · 2 · January 19 at 11:04am

    Miles Coleman: Camille Muhammad…its a painting made to
    send
    a message..and we get the message..
    Like · 2 · January 19 at 11:06am

    Camille Muhammad: Good, my family is a little different I
    suppose. My father was in the military and spoke straight words so wasn’t quite
    that nice…lol. But that’s cool.
    Like · 1 · January 19 at 11:09am

    Miles Coleman: Camille Muhammad…and what is the parents in
    the painting doing; speaking crooked words?
    Like · January 19 at 11:18am

    Chelsea Garrett-Kegley: It went down in my house like this.
    My son came in my room while I was watching the news and I had to explain why
    and how to avoid confrontations with people like George Zimmerman.
    Like · 3 · January 19 at 11:27am

    Ursula Dillon: I mean, we’re nitpicking the delivery of a
    general conversation. In some homes, its not happening at all. In some, its
    like this. Others, its a grandmother talking, yet others a
    father in jail
    having a hurried conversation with his son(s). Does it
    matter? The point is that its a conversation that is happening around our
    community. Should it be happening? I feel it should, given whats happening (and
    has been happening) in the country.
    Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:23pm

    Sandre’ Parr: the fact that they had to say
    “white”
    artist saddens me
    Like · Reply · 5 · January 19 at 1:36pm

    Frederick Connelly: What is the significance of the artist
    being a White person have to do with the painting?
    Like · Reply · 4 · January 19 at 11:46am

    Leonice Williamson: That painting speaks to his people…!!
    Like · January 19 at 11:50am

    Frederick Connelly: ‘His’ people? Help me understand?
    Apparently I’m not ‘getting’ it.
    Like · January 19 at 11:55am

    Harris Mack: I think its a message that says that some white
    people actually understand the struggle of the black family
    to keep their children alive. And away from police
    Like · 3 · January 19 at 12:17pm

    Harris Mack: To ease the racial tension that is often
    provoked on fb
    Like · 3 · January 19 at 12:18pm

    Frederick Connelly: Okay. I guess I don’t see Michael
    D’Antuono thinking of white people as ‘his’ people. I feel he see’s ‘all’
    people as his people. Is that not the point?
    Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:38pm

    ALo Col: Good insight from this distant brother
    Like · Reply · 1 · 19 hrs

    Paul Tony Smith: Meaningful
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 11:35am

    Shirlyn Myles: Where can I find the painting?
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 11:14am

    Kim Harris-Mustafa: The statements by ignorant white ppl
    like
    Andrew Conner proves my point
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 9:58am

    Tim Paperchase: Meeks He’s better than Picasso (for this)
    modern day art
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 4:31am

    Michael Twitty: A righteous man.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 1:18am

    Blessed Answer: The happens not in front of the tv it
    happens
    all the time every where
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 10:41pm

    Charles Tatum: Brilliant. He gets it.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 8:26pm

    Clint Graves: Powerful image indeed.

    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 6:59pm

  • Michael D’Antuono

    Here is the third group of collected comments on “The Talk”:

    C Danny Johnson: Good job, I like the painting and its meaning.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 6:57pm

    Terry Miller: weather you believe it or not we’re all God children…ijs
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 5:38pm

    Shayla Thomas Patton: It’s real life for the black
    community, regardless what any person says. And my Dad is a retired police chief and I got the talk when I started driving. Lord knows when my brother got it, but I’m sure he did.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 5:00pm

    Shirley Martin: I’m moved by such a “True” thing that goes on in every Black family!
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 4:44pm

    Pedro Bisono: Honestly parent need to, they really do. They’re nervous and we need to not give them excuses to shoot us. Whatever beef we have with the cops we need to deal with it afterwards in court and lawsuits or civilian complaints.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 4:24pm

    Bonnie Cehovet: Very powerful … and, unfortunately, reflects what is.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 2:04pm

    Riki Candice Smith: ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 1:59pm

    Jenjen Ianson: Linda why don’t you post how the white man
    YOUR ANCESTORS enslaved us and continue to enslave us….
    Why didn’t you post that?…. BUT Y’ALL MISSED THAT THO. This write womancomments about how the Arabs enslaved us, but totally ignores that her family members did the same thing….. Typical white people… never take no responsibility for any of the atrocities that they do……. White people don’t empathize with you they can’t stand you…. Just pathetic
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 2:09pm ·

    Tasha DiCoio: What do you think white people, like myself,
    who may or may not have ancestors who owned slaves, should do to pay for the sins of their fathers (not their own sins, mind you )?
    Like · Yesterday at 9:41am

    Paul E. Mitchell: HE NAILED IT!!!
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 1:44pm

    Charles Mcneil Jr.: It’s the truth of living in America in
    these days and times for our young black men.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 12:42pm

    Bettye Neely: Truth, I had it with my three sons
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 12:19pm

    Francine Usanase: It’s sad but true…my brother was sent
    far away to an all white college because all the other colleges
    he got into were too close to cities…That was one of the reasons for my Mom’s college choice for my brother. She feared that being close to a city would get him into possible troubles with the law officials.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 12:01pm

    Gloria Tate: He gets it!
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 11:59am

    Angela Haynes: Beautiful, and sad.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 11:30am

    Glenn Childs: powerful
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 11:18am

    Khari Hayes: Beautifully done
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 11:05am

    Adrian Burney: I am a Law Enforcement Officer so; what talk
    do I have with my son? I mean, beyond the scope of the talk all parents have with their kids. (Obey the law, show respect to others, and respect authority) Also, let him know he has my love, support, and respect no matter what!
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 10:57am

    Erika Michelle Gladden: I don’t know… But people with their
    hands up or in cuffs should not end up beaten to a pulp or dead.. Little boys with toy guns shouldn’t be shot before the officer even gets out of the car or followed by private citizens while walking home with skittles and iced tea.. Chocked to death in handcuffs..
    Like · 7 · January 19 at 11:01am

    Demetria Thomas: You are either lying or in denial either
    way I hope nothing tragic happens to you or your sons that stirs
    you from your slumber. I also hope that my son’s and I never encounter you because I’m pretty sure what the end result maybe because you’re a cop and we’ll you know we’re just beneath you and your authority.
    Like · 5 · January 19 at 11:02am

    Lisa Agate: Smh you being a cop will not protect your son from other racist cops
    Like · 5 · January 19 at 11:15am

    Miles Coleman: Lisa Agate…and black cops are protected from racist cops either
    Like · 2 · January 19 at 11:19am

    Andrew Hall: That black plain clothes police officer in Brooklyn that was making an arrest, he was shot and killed by his fellow officers, i am sure he sang the same tune you are singing now, guess he was not respectful enough, when blacks express their sorrow about wrongful deaths its even more painful when other blacks imply that it was purely the victims fault, we are not naive, we have bad people in our communities but we have many good men like yourself that can so easily become a victim of police brutality, those are the brothers we are fighting for,it is a shame that we need to have a special conversation with our kids to help save their lives from people that are supposed to serve and protect them, our sad reality.
    Like · 5 · January 19 at 11:22am

    Adrian Burney: I guess my outlook on life is flawed? I always
    considered myself to be a person of worth. I felt I had the same rights and responsibilities in society as anyone else and I refuse to allow others to define my worth. I am teaching my son those same values! The act of allowing others to define your status gives those same people power over you. That is what I refuse to do.
    Like · January 19 at 11:29am

    Miles Coleman: Adrian Burney…so innocent blacks who get
    murdered by the police don’t know their worth? u sound
    willfully ignoraNT or just plain STUpID, I HOPE its the former and not the latter. I would hate to think a black man is that dumb.
    Like · 2 · January 19 at 11:36am

    Rashanda Parham: Adrian it’s not really about your opinion
    of yourself it’s they way you and your sons can at times viewed
    by police, even when they are respectful and cooperative.
    Like · 4 · January 19 at 11:40am

    Briana Mi’chale: Love this
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 19 at 10:52am

    Bhimsen Ikaika: Kumar-Reyes This is very powerful!
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 12:21pm

    Cordell Garrett: This was beautiful I’m so sharing this
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 11:37am

    Willie James Deloach Jr For Sharing! It’s A Beautiful Picture & Message! Mrs. Deloach!
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 11:36am

    Jason Lee: Everyone should have this talk.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 11:23am

    Hatch MDeez: He should paint a pretty picture of your
    ancestors hanging from trees or your children getting shot
    in the middle of the street next, you know, to help “spread the
    message.”
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 12:17pm

    Ryshonda Gantt-Brown: Well sometimes it takes the sight of
    reality to make an Impact on our society.
    Like · 1 · January 19 at 1:26pm

    Blossom-Chrishelle: Dynasty-Dupree Did they really have to
    mention that he is white?! Uh! I love the pic period!
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 19 at 11:50am

    Janice BestNana Williams: So do I; I think the President’s
    ears are a little exaggerated though. Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:13pm

    Hatch MDeez: How is this any different then the photo of the cop hugging the protestor in Ferguson? GTFOH!!!
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 11:49am

    Natalie Howell: Love this painting. I am a mother of two teenage daughters and I have had the talk with them also because they may be out with a male friend who gets singled out by the police due to their race, size, etc. It’s sad that we live in a society in which the police judge someone based on their race or size

  • Michael D’Antuono

    Below is the fourth and final section of collected comments on “The Talk” from other sources:

    Ameshia Westbrook: Whatever Black Parents have long before this talk to there children,,,, now we need a lesson in how to address the racism that we know exist and that I children’s see on TV every day ,,,,,,
    parents do talk today kid is a must conversation that they do have and nothing has change you only can pray and hope IF you are faced with
    a situation that is difficult that the officers involved or the people who take you in don’t put you in harms way!!!!!!! what conversation are you going to have about that
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 1:11pm

    Erica Arevalo: Love this
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 11:17am

    Sam Tee: Wonderful
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 10:54am

    Sharon Gladney: nice but he really doesn’t know what it’s
    like to have THE TALK with black parents!
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 4:57pm

    La Keesha Vega He’s not saying he knows…the painting is
    acknowledging and bringing attention to the fact that the
    TALK has to happen…it’s important that someone who is NOT brown
    recognizes and acknowledges this instead of acting like we are just playing the “race card”
    Like · 2 · January 19 at 11:49pm

    Jonathan George: I am Sure he hates whites as much as many of you
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 12:41pm

    Aj Hill: Pretty great.
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 11:14am

    Sylvia Tuck: Beautifully done
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 11:29am

    Yung Watts: Smh damn shame how we living
    Like · Reply · 4 · Yesterday at 10:34am

    Krissta Bell: So we have a white invasion on this page with
    something so serious……Lucifer is always lurking.
    Like · Reply · 14 hrs

    Krissta Bell: *Tears*
    Like · Reply · 14 hrs

    Paula Hughes: Lovely picture.
    Like · Reply · 15 hrs

    Rodell Perry: Jr. I don’t think enough of our black parents are having the right conversation with their kids because to many of them are trying to be friends with the kids by drinking and smoking with them that’s why u see most of the kids today making an ass of them selves in the streets by not showing respect for themselves as well as others that’s a black eye view
    Like · Reply · 8 hrs

    Sharon Jones: What a picture, breaks my heart.
    Like · Reply · 15 hrs

    judyms9 • 2 days ago
    The Talk is a wonderful and poignant piece of art. Thanks for posting it. There is little evidence that the US wishes to solve its race problems or any other problems for that matter. All the forces at play in our politics serve to divide us so we will remain unable to solve problems because that would require rules and this nation doesn’t want any stinkin’ rules.

    Martyshata:
    This grieves me and gives me hope simultaneously. As a mom
    of an African American son, it doesn’t matter how he dress, his mannerism, his educational attainment he is NOT seen as MY pride and joy or future BUT one with animalistic tendencies and a threat. Thanks for a platform so mom’s such as myself can say, MY BABY MATTERS TOO!

    Gary Moraco: MILKIN IT.
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:51pm

    DeeAnn Louise: Lett-Neal No, not milking it. Truth. I’ve had
    the talk with my darker skinned students.

    Shereen Renee:
    The Talk: You are different in this society. You cannot do what
    white people do. You will never get the same, or even similar
    opportunities; and if they kill you, they will get away with it. YOU, however, will NEVER get away with defending yourself against them, even after you are dead.
    Reply · Like · 13 · Yesterday at 10:37am

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    Art That Inspires Me: Great use of light and shadow as well.
    Like · Reply · January 14 at 6:27pm

    Wendy Madan Perkins: your talent and heart are so appreciated…wow xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Like · Reply · 4 · January 13 at 9:27am

    Anderson Ty Priester: SMH at the lengths some will go to ignore a real problem because it makes them uncomfortable…..
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 13 at 12:19pm

    Anderson Ty Priester White on White violence kills many more white people than cops. Guess we should just ignore cops kill black men 23 times the rate of white men, according to troll Ish Dizzle logic…
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 13 at 12:18pm

    Wendy Frazier Thornton: Thank you so much for this. I remember having this “talk” with my own son.
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 19 at 11:42am

    Anderson Ty Priester: Can you call them “good cops” when they work so hard to protect the bad? No greater evil is committed than the man that stands by and does nothing. But they work really hard to ignore those bad cops don’t they?
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 13 at 12:24pm

    Jennifer Gravois Saltamachia: That is NOT what young black men/boys and women/girls are being taught 50 years later. My children went to a
    predominantly black elementary school for 1 semester. 1 semester because they were spit on, called white trash, called white ho’s, pushed and kicked around and so on. The black faculty laughed at it; said they’re just kids. But guess what? I taught my kids that they have better parents than the kids who treated them so horrible. I taught them forgiveness. FIRST GRADE PEOPLE! Dr. King is not being taught… Al Sharpton ways are being taught.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 14 at 2:52pm

    Stuart Reid: I really like your art work , but to be fair I don’t think the black parents of the 50’s and 60’s believed their children would have devolved into this either. I am not sure people can not go to work every day and not become jaded in their attitudes if all they encounter is
    this.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 13 at 5:08pm

    Ray Pryor III: Truth.
    Like · Reply · 31 minutes ago

    Victoria Pryor: Sadly to say but it’s our (BlackParents) Truth!.. Beautiful picture!
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 6:45am · Edited

    Lydia Tremayne: Profound. He definitely captured the truth. Brought tears to my eyes
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:12am

    Shawn Hill: I just became a new fan. You have a beautiful array of art work. Thank you
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 12:33pm

    Sharon McCreary: Thank you!!
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 11:43am

    Dedra Fryer Stephens: Love it
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 11:42am

    Sharon McCreary: Like they say …a picture is worth a
    thousand words….
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 11:42am

    Ariel P. Sanders: Love this, great work!
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 11:41am

    Ralph Sylvester: I need this as well
    Like · Reply · January 18 at 7:02am

    C.J. Whitfield: Where do I purchase this? I searched the website and cant find it! Awesome work. If anyone knows where please let me know
    Like · Reply · January 17 at 2:25pm

    Art That Inspires Me: #LoveThis
    Like · Reply · January 14 at 6:23pm

    Marilyn Palefsky: Sad but true. I guess some dreams take longer to wake up American.
    Like · Reply · January 13 at 11:48pm

    Ish Dizzle: Never mind that black on black violence takes many more lives. Smh
    Like · Reply · January 13 at 12:13pm

    Delphine Centry: 93% of whites are killed by other whites… So never mind the suicides, killing sprees, bombings, and school shootings
    whites do everyday! Somehow you always seems to demean blacks for what you guys do as well. So STFU
    Like · 2 · January 13 at 5:03pm

    Ish Dizzle: How is pointing out the obvious demeaning? What exactly do we do? Typical response since I don’t buy into the bullshit narrative. Speaking of race whites are over 60% more likely to be killed by police. ..Like · January 13 at 5:09pm

    Michael Sidky Ph D: profound.
    Like · Reply · January 13 at 9:26am

    Shae PhDcandidate Primus: Lovely
    Like · Reply · January 19 at 11:57am

    Patrick Valenzano: Dr. King would be spinning in his grave had he witnessed recent events is Ferguson, MO, Cleveland, OH and in Staten
    Island, NY. We have come a long way since his death, but the road ahead will be difficult for many, if not all, as we. This trend of police overreach must be reversers if we are ever to attain MLK’s dream of equality in America.

  • Jukobie W. Russell

    I need this painting on a shirt. Anyone know how to contact the artist?

  • mdantuon

    Here’s a collection of over 600 comments taken from some of the articles written about the piece:

    Jonbtn: ‘The Talk’ should be mandatory for all cops btw, by parents of black youths to explain to the cops why they feel the need to warn their kids…

    Solomon Shabazz: Artist like you are needed to make the world a better place. Never give up…..people are waiting, watching, and appreciating. Thanks Mike

    Doraetta Hesse, Zack Stewart, Mack Green and 5,853 others

    Tamara Suell: A great and innovative artist that’s able to successfully cross racial lines

    Tamara Suell: His art deserves an award

    Lisa Grant Davis I think he’s “passing”… LOL!

    Black Dynamite Taylor I’ve been following his artwork for a little over a year now and he’s legit. You should check him out.

    Alston Green: His artwork is commendable but their equally as many artists of color who are living this experience who also deserve recognition. As I am an art director for African American products I have many white artists who execute culturally relevant imagery.

    Miles Coleman EMPATHY IS VERY POWERFUL…

    Linda-Ruth Cardozo As a Spanish-speaking, Jewish lesbian who voted for Obama twice, I’d like to LIKE this comment a thousand times. And, I reach across the divide, asking for some empathy in return.

    Linda Ann Washington: and this is why the NYPD are pissed at the mayor who said that he and his wife had the talk with their son, so they say he threw them under the bus.

    Kamesha Penny: Well real is real, some ppl dont like real!

    Shelia Graham: Sorry his other painting did not sale. I wish I had the funds to purchase it. A tale of two hoodies. Now so cities are trying to band children from wearing hoodies, yet they never ban the KKK from wearing their hoods.

    Miles Coleman @sheila…a couple of years ago, Atlanta city council was trying to ban sagging pants..smh..all the council members are black excpt 2..

    Valda Jean Combs Miles, that is a false equivalency.

    Shelia Graham That is just so political, Miles. I don’t care what color a person is, when they start dictating how we dress, we will slowly descend into a police state. We are almost there by the way.

    Miles Coleman @velda jean combs…both are trying to criminalize blacks for the clothes they wear

    Valencia Dale Unfortunately, their hate speech/terrorism is protected under the 1st Amendment.

    Jenjen Ianson Look at y’all, a white man does a painting and y’all all in awe….. Slave mentality…. There are many black artists out there that have done exceptional pieces, but do they get the acknowledgement that they deserve. That why we as a people and a na…See More

    Miles Coleman: …because the white artist isn’t affected by racism, yet he can emphasize…

    Jessica Dailey: You missed the point-he empathized. It is not a slave mentality to be happy that someone took time to if not understand, but acknowledge the pain of others, especially if that pain is so outside their position of privilege.

    Tamara Suell: You are right Miles, it great to see whites that can empathize with the black experience. It was whites of this kind that supported the Civil Rights movement. In order to advance, we (blacks) need a diverse group of allies and supporters.

    Danielle R Revels: At the end of the day, any movement needs their allies to spread the word to the rest of the majority.

    April Grasty: You obviously missed the point. Gone and stay behind and angry yet do nothing about it.

    Richard Berry: It does not matter who painted this, the point comes across quite well. You have some misplaced anger going on. What you should be mad at is why the man had to paint the painting in the first place. Also, seeing that a white man painted it, it shows that we are not the only ones to see the injustices done against our people and that we are not a part of a collective delusion. Others can see it too.

    Krystal GotNaps Brown: So….Appreciating art now means that you have a slave mentality because the artist happens to be White that painted a Black depiction?! No one is trying to take anything away from Black artists and they are recognized. I guess the Asian painter who created different portraits of all races for my family shouldn’t be recognized either with that logic.

    Nancy Griffin: It’s sad that you don’t get it. What difference does it make that he’s white? You’re no better than the white racist when you think and talk the way that you just did. We all must find a way to be respectful of each other. We are all together in this boat called Earth

    Eunetta Boone: Whatever makes the point that you missed. Holding us in the same place by our own ain’t so cool either.

    Karen McDade: It’s slave mentality to be okay with the races staying segregated and only acknowledging and honoring one’s own race. That is what the racists want, they are angry because those of their race (like this artist) are empathizing with and understanding the Black struggle which helps empower us. They are losing and they can’t handle it so it helps them when Black people slap away the hands that want to help.

    David Radford: There are a lot of good replies here, but I shouldn’t comment because I’m a privileged white.

    Enrique Torres: Yeah, what ever makes the point. Even if Zimmerman, who is a painter apparently, how done it, or George Bush, it only matters that the message was “right”

    Ekela Dixon: Our purpose has never been to isolate white people. It is to be treated with equality. So we must also treat people equally. And wether or not this artist is white or black, our support of the message remains the same. It seems like YOU are the one that needs to think.

    Michael Sowell: Let’s hope all the other artists don’t turn their backs on him.

    Cheryl Rose: The picture illustrates the concern of black parents for their black children…it’s scary out here…you have to have this talk and many more….don’t let society raise your children #EpicFail

    De’Angelo Moore: Stop looking for negative things I believe as a young black male in America this picture speaks to me foreal this talk should be held in our households how can any of us speak for Dr King he wanted everyone to be fair not equal

    Jenjen Ianson: What is wrong with you people???? You are all conditioned to the white man’s deceit…. Blinded by your confounded mentality…. Nothing and I mean NOTHING that a white man does is out of care and compassion….. They don’t care about none of you but your ignorance clouds your judgement…. why don’t you all go out and buy it, put some more of your slave earned money into the white man’s pocket…..

    Miles Coleman: …so because LBJ didn’t really like blacks, you think we shouldn’t take advantage of the civil rights legislations passed during his presidency because he didn’t do it with a PURE HEART?… A DOCTOR DOESNT OPERATE ON YOU BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU, HE operates on you because he makes money from it. do u still get the operation or do u forego the operation and die because the doctor isn’t doing it out of kindness or compassion vut for a dollar…smh’

    Ann Hicks: Really, never thought of that,then it should be free; like these books, Bible ‘s these big preachers sealing on their Christian channels, majority want money.ijs.

    Miles Coleman: Ann Hicks…u betta shut up talking bout BISHOP EDDIE LONG..he only has 2 Rolls Royce’s.

    Vicky Brooks: it cost money to be on tv and these places they go and speak. the tv station doesn’t say well being your a preacher you get your program for free or Madison square garden or any place else they speak at. they have to pay just like anyone else

    Richard Berry: You people ? That is certainly one of the ways WHITE people talk down to us….hmmmm

    Deanna Frith Weber: You are so wrong. Stop promoting hate. Someone did something positive.

    Ginnie McKnight: For every story like this, there’s a THOUSAND black artist such as myself that’s passed up for contributing a positive message too!

    Barbara Drummond: Barr girl, you’re too angry! get a grip! not all whites are bigots. There are a lot of ignorant blacks who are bigoted. You for one, appear to have a lot of hatred in your heart. The Bible states, “Love your enemy”. Maybe you should start with loving yourself!!

    MzNakiesha Richards: Well said!!! I had the talk with my sons. I don’t need no illustrations. He don’t know what are son and brothers have deal with on a day to day basis. Why we the only race that have to get pat on back by Mr. White!! Ijs

    Ivan Gill: And that same bible was used to endorse slavery! No thanks, i’m good!

    Karen McDade: Ivan, the Bible has been misused in many ways but that makes the people wrong who misuse it, not the Bible itself.

    Suzette Zebradiva Glover: Looking at this painting just brought tears to my eyes….the hurtful thing is that WE BLACK PARENTS HAVE TO HAVE THIS TALK WITH OUR PRECIOUS SONS!!!

    Iris Basham: This is a conscious man and getting the point across in his painting. Every black parent can identify with this subject. Great painting Michael D’Antuono and thank you for showing your conscious awareness.

    Leonice Williamson: He is speaking to his people…for their enlightenment! …we’ve always been enlightened…we live it!

    Miles Coleman: Maybe a white artist can inspire whites to take our plight more seriously than if the painting was done by a black artist

    Wallace Muhammad: And if not then it just shows that not everybody supports injustice, inequality & discrimination.

    MzNakiesha Richards: They know they just don’t care!!

    Diamonique Wright: Cool. But why does his color matter. Just asking…

    Malika MzMal Campbell: I think it’s because someone, who is white, gets it!

    Diamonique Wright: Only thing that should matter is the painting, not the color of the person who made it

    Valda Jean Combs: If only “should” was the reality.

    Jenjen Ianson: Richard you would say that wouldn’t you it’s typical coming from a white man, is it misplaced to be told to forget about what we have been through for the past 400 years? Is it misplaced anger to be concerned about what you white people do and continue…See More

    Sandi Beamon: Its a great gesture however Im always questionable when whites decide they can speak for how Dr.King would think..Our view and their view is never going to coincide…We dont see things in the world like they do…I think Dr. KING would be on the front…See More

    Miles Coleman: …everybody sees different things from their own perspective. ..as a white man he cant put himself in our shoes, but he can emphasize with us.

    Wallace Muhammad: Eventually queen WE ALL NEED to see the world beyond color. This is one of the things Brother Martin fought, bled and eventually lost his life for. YES! We are able to solve our own problems BUT the entire world is in trouble and eventually it’s gonna take ALL OF US to combat & solve the world’s problems. I’m 1000% “pro-black” but I’m also pro the human race, Peace queen

    Sandi Beamon: Miles Coleman did u mean empathize. ..you are correct and that was the point….he can’t possibly feel what its like to go thru this struggle..dont get me wrong it was a good gesture but I’m speaking from my heartfelt pain…and yes we all should be striving for the same things but some issues are better served and stated by our own…

    Miles Coleman: Sandi Beamon…seems like youre saying whites should just be quiet..the problem is that most are quiet

    Sandi Beamon: Now that’s not even close to what I said or meant…don’t twist my words…one last time since your comprehension is a little slow…whites cant possibly feel or understand what this feels like or what DR. KING would or would not say so speak your opinion and stop pretending you know what this skin feels like when you do not know what it feels like…Im done here so if you cant understand. Oh well..Whites cant possibly know because they do not go thru what we do….peace!!!

    Erika Michelle Gladden: He gets it..

    M’Shai S. Dash: I know I had to have that talk with my boy. Really bummed me out, but I figured it was irresponsible not to. Powerful painting.

    Kimberly Renae: Why does everyone have to be identified in terms of race (color)? “White artist”. Why can’t it just be “an artist”, Grio?? Race baiting. smdh

    Althea Gauvin: Ironically I was thinking the same thing. Great portrait from a conscious human being, not sure why his race has to be called out.

    Reggie Hardaway: Amazing how many blacks don’t talk to their kids about racism in America and the world is. Not to hinder their success but to warn them and teach them what to do and who they should associate. It’s neglect of black children and setting them up for possible execution not to teach them.

    Charlene Chavis: I had to finally come to realize this with 2 sons that I was avoiding this aspect of life bc my parents avoided it with me. Painful.

    Lydia Tremayne: Wow so creative and genius. I love non-racist white people. Real genuine people. Why can’t we live a month more of these type of people instead of a bunch of devils.

    Sade Smith: I think it’s beautiful…I love the idea.. I love the message its sending.. I love it.. hopefully more white ppl can feel exactly what this white gentleman felt for the African American community..#concern #hurt#injustice#unfair #everydaystruggle…

    Jenjen Lanson: So basically you are saying that you need a white man to paint a picture to tell you that you need to talk with your kids about social injustices????? Are you our out your mind?????

    Tee Bailey: That is AWESOME! I love it. Very inspiring. Why can’t ALL people generally be like this? I’m so sick and tired of this coon drama that ALL idiots are doing.

    Jason Lee: Is coon a word for whites?

    Miles Coleman: Jason Lee…does your religion or ignorance makes u hate blacks so much?

    Jason Lee: I don’t hate blacks Miles geez bro.. Don’t talk religion with miles, he’s an athiest & he hates whites.

    Shereen Renee: The Talk: You are different in this society. You cannot do what white people do; and if they kill you, they will get away with it. YOU, however, will NEVER get away with defending yourself against them, even after you are dead.

    Kay T. Williams: Omg, does it have to be a big deal that he is white? He is a descent human being who understands that what is happening is wrong. The color of his skin is irrelevant, i think….

    T Dianne Bellamy-Small: Art knows no color

    Deirdre Henderson Carlock: His are shows that he really does understand. It’s seems so rare that humanity overrides selfishness and deceit. I commend the artist.

    Evy Hawkins: Unfortunately, this “TALK” has taken place in many African American homes in the past few months.

    Janice BestNana Williams: Past few month? This “Talk” has taken place for years; my sons are 36 and 35.

    Jason Lee: I got it in my white home in 1995, I was 15.

    Evy Hawkins: True, so did my brothers and us girls back in the 60s and so did my son in the 70s. But surprisingly not all parents feel the need or think to do so. I have worked around many college age young men who have never had “the talk” because the parent(s) in their mind are not seeing the issues in their cities the world has been exposed to happening in other cities more and more lately. Now they are beginning to see differently because our young men leave our town for larger cities to go to college or work where it may be an issue, so young men/parents are being heavily “talked to” by male mentor groups in our city about what to do and how to conduct themselves when confronted by police or others who may do you harm. To just tell your child “they know how to act” when they go out is not enough anymore. There has been a huge response from single mothers who have said they do not know what specifically to tell their young sons on this issue because they have not experienced the things that men do and they want their sons to get the right information that will hopefully keep them out of the situations we have seen lately. I am sure there are more families/groups having “the talk” in the past few months to be sure their sons/daughters understand the dangers if stopped.

    Valda Jean Combs Rural areas are just as dangerous for our children. They are the destination for white flight and the resting place for police officers with problems.

    Ivan Gill: Too many whites confuse slavery with,”indentured servitude”! Indentured servitude was working for someone to pay off their debts, then were granted freedom! Slavery was a more permanent,and more devastating!

    Brandy Johns: The child is too old. These are conversations, it happens throughout the childs entire life. I know guys in college that have parents that are STILL GIVING THEM TALKS!!!!

    Francine Williams: He gets it and is empathetic to the realities of Black parents. Some people don’t think the “Talk” is real and minimize the concerns Black parents have about the police engaging our children.

    Aimee Morrison: What a great painting! It is so shameful that we live in a society where people are so hateful and despicable to one another. We should ALL be able to live in peace without the fear of our loved ones being exterminated for the color of their skin. #PeaceLoveHarmony

    Alicia Hawkins: I like the painting, however I have seen local blk artist do the same, with no fanfare.

    Kristopher Teflondiva Long: Wow. .. something deeper that I wonder if the artist intended. The boy sits on the side of the room the Dr. King portrait sits on (the reality that nothing has really changed for our future) juxtaposed with the parents airing on the side Obamas portrait sits on (the fantasy that we have somehow made it as a race)

    Larisa Shuga Reynolds: I thought that was Malcolm X, no? Sheesh I need new glasses.

    Angela Willis: Am I the only person who feels kicked in the gut by this?

    Jenjen Ianson: It’s not negativity, it’s factual…. Learn your history

    Nana Highsmith: A painting showing mixed couples having “the talk” with their sons, too would be awesome also.

    Doreigh G Silvia It’s truth. The conversation is had within the homes of people of color….See More

    Jenjen Ianson Oh ok and he intends to make money from his painting eventually, he might not sell them now he’s going to wait for a little while, for the painting to get more promotion them boom all you little slave children are going to run our and buy a copy…..not me, I’m trying to buy from my own people, people who UNDERSTAND AND EXPERIENCE the struggle @miles

  • mdantuon

    Here’s a collection of over 600 comments taken from some of the articles written about the piece (second batch of 3):

    Thatgurl Reddy-Redd: It is extremely powerful and needed at this time and Thanks for recognizing the struggle.. #StayBlessed

    Hatch MDeez: Murrica doesnt want you to ever forget about 9/11 but white people have commited some of the most heinous acts of terrorism ever on AMERICAN soil and have made a profit while doing so and white people STILL continue to capitalize off the suffering of Black people. Please dont be naive.

    Jewon Williams: Really had to mention he’s white though? I swear media will point out the most unimportant stuff like the painter is worst or better because he’s white

    Vanessa Lucier-Blackburn: Great job Michael D’Antuono… And thank you

    Keke: no worries Keep it real Adams Comments ppl leave who should look at this painting in a positive. Note it can send message. To all race and nationality.

    LaTolsha Camper: Powerful painting. He gets it…

    Alston Green: He needs to send a copy to the NYPD.

    Sharnta’ Adams: Wow…almost like he was sitting in my living room! Beautifully done.

    Alicia Jones: I just left a National Black male org’s private screening of Selma. Years ago I was blessed to have worked with Viola Liuzzo’s daughter Sally. I had never heard of her mother prior to meeting Sally but she taught me it’s not about Black or White but instead about right or wrong. Selma honored Ms Liuzzo by paying her homage in the movie Selma. We are all God’s children. Amen to the artist, I say bravo , bravo my brother…

    Quentin Moore: It’s real. Gotta respect this.

    Harriet Garner: ‘The Talk’ has been part of our people’s oral history for as far back as I can recall. I am pleased that the practice is being brought to light as a reminder that conformity may not be enough to survive amidst fearful haters. ‘The Talk’ applies to the survival of all men, women and children as long as racism is tolerated in the world.

    Adrian Burney: One problem I see is self-segregation. The single truth that needs to be understood is that we (humans) are all inherently equal. If we continue to be small minded, myopic, and ignorant we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes that lead us to where we are today! We, as a species, need to expand our minds to accept our commonalities and treasure our diversity or ultimately we will destroy one another.

    Jonathan Thalberg: I think it’s wonderful (the art, not the reason for it); glad many others feel the same.

    Linda Keykanuteh: Tasha DiCoio……….Its not to blame ALL

    whites. Its to make our children aware of the lingering hatred. My family is cape verdean and east indian mixed with white …..as a kid growing up i remember my white looking uncle warning my older cousins of racist cops and neighbors. He was accepted in many circles because he looked more white and knew the dark skinned relatives would be subjected to hate by white cops.

    Andra Powell Henderson: A powerful but sad commentary!!

    David Rattler: That was my grandmother never allowed a picture of the Jesus man on her walls no indictrination of them appearing like God

    Jacqueline Stallworth: He gets it!

    Jocelyn D. Faulkner-Payton: His art is magnificent.

    Marcus L. Magwood: It sends a powerful message.

    Anessia Jenkins: Wow

    Cordell Taylor: Powerful

    Miz Amanda: I like it yet it’s sad what the world has come too

    Harrison Isaac: A ” white artist impression of what the black parents need to start doing” I love the work well put. Anybody can see that the painting speaks volume. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO BEHAVE IN PUBLIC PLACE!!! and they won’t get Short at or get killed

    Miles Coleman:…u sound igorant..the color of their skin is the reason unarmed blacks are murdered by the police

    Traci Poole-Marshall: Wow,,,,, the talk definitely must take place in every African Americans home,, sad to say but it is and shell be the rights of passage for the black culture

    Iris Demar-Birdow: I love this, where can you purchase this painting?

    Jethon Jenkins: Powerful Stuff.

    Kimberly Jean: awesome. the power of art and it’s ability to convey any message. Artists can be the most objective people that you can meet.

    Camille Muhammad: His perception of “the talk” is nice. Two concerned parents watching the news with their 9 or 10 year old son, the look of distress and pain on their faces while their son has fear in his eyes. Very powerful image indeed. However, is this really how it goes down?

    Demetria Thomas: Yes it is, I have four sons and I gave had a conversation with them because we are treated differently and are treated as a threat on site. I have had that same look on my face watching or reading the news.

    Miles Coleman: Camille Muhammad…its a painting made to send a message..and we get the message..

    Camille Muhammad: Good, my family is a little different I suppose. My father was in the military and spoke straight words so wasn’t quite that nice…lol. But that’s cool.

    Miles Coleman: Camille Muhammad…and what is the parents in the painting doing; speaking crooked words?

    Chelsea Garrett-Kegley: It went down in my house like this. My son came in my room while I was watching the news and I had to explain why and how to avoid confrontations with people like George Zimmerman.

    Ursula Dillon: I mean, we’re nitpicking the delivery of a general conversation. In some homes, its not happening at all. In some, its like this. Others, its a grandmother talking, yet others a father in jail having a hurried conversation with his son(s). Does it matter? The point is that its a conversation that is happening around our community. Should it be happening? I feel it should, given whats happening (and has been happening) in the country.

    Sandre’ Parr: the fact that they had to say “white” artist saddens me

    Frederick Connelly: What is the significance of the artist being a White person have to do with the painting?

    Leonice Williamson: That painting speaks to his people…!!

    Frederick Connelly: ‘His’ people? Help me understand? Apparently I’m not ‘getting’ it.

    Harris Mack: I think its a message that says that some white people actually understand the struggle of the black family to keep their children alive. And away from police

    Harris Mack: To ease the racial tension that is often provoked on fb

    Frederick Connelly: Okay. I guess I don’t see Michael D’Antuono thinking of white people as ‘his’ people. I feel he see’s ‘all’ people as his people. Is that not the point?

    ALo Col: Good insight from this distant brother

    Paul Tony Smith: Meaningful

    Shirlyn Myles: Where can I find the painting?

    Kim Harris-Mustafa: The statements by ignorant white ppl like

    Andrew Conner proves my point

    Tim Paperchase: Meeks He’s better than Picasso (for this) modern day art

    Michael Twitty: A righteous man.

    Blessed Answer: The happens not in front of the tv it happens all the time every where

    Charles Tatum: Brilliant. He gets it.

    Clint Graves: Powerful image indeed.

    C Danny Johnson: Good job, I like the painting and its meaning.

    Terry Miller: weather you believe it or not we’re all God children…ijs

    Shayla Thomas Patton: It’s real life for the black community, regardless what any person says. And my Dad is a retired police chief and I got the talk when I started driving. Lord knows when my brother got it, but I’m sure he did.

    Shirley Martin: I’m moved by such a “True” thing that goes on in every Black family!

    Pedro Bisono: Honestly parent need to, they really do. They’re nervous and we need to not give them excuses to shoot us. Whatever beef we have with the cops we need to deal with it afterwards in court and lawsuits or civilian complaints.

    Bonnie Cehovet: Very powerful … and, unfortunately, reflects what is.

    Riki Candice Smith: ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU.

    Jenjen Ianson: Linda why don’t you post how the white man

    YOUR ANCESTORS enslaved us and continue to enslave us…. Why didn’t you post that?…. BUT Y’ALL MISSED THAT THO. This write woman comments about how the Arabs enslaved us, but totally ignores that her family members did the same thing….. Typical white people… never take no responsibility for any of the atrocities that they do……. White people don’t empathize with you they can’t stand you…. Just pathetic

    Tasha DiCoio: What do you think white people, like myself, who may or may not have ancestors who owned slaves, should do to pay for the sins of their fathers (not their own sins, mind you )?

    Paul E. Mitchell: HE NAILED IT!!!

    Charles Mcneil Jr.: It’s the truth of living in America in these days and times for our young black men.

    Bettye Neely: Truth, I had it with my three sons

    Francine Usanase: It’s sad but true…my brother was sent far away to an all white college because all the other colleges he got into were too close to cities…That was one of the reasons for my Mom’s college choice for my brother. She feared that being close to a city would get him into possible troubles with the law officials.

    Gloria Tate: He gets it!

    Angela Haynes: Beautiful, and sad.

    Glenn Childs: powerful

    Khari Hayes: Beautifully done

    Adrian Burney: I am a Law Enforcement Officer so; what talk do I have with my son? I mean, beyond the scope of the talk all parents have with their kids. (Obey the law, show respect to others, and respect authority) Also, let him know he has my love, support, and respect no matter what!

    Erika Michelle Gladden: I don’t know… But people with their hands up or in cuffs should not end up beaten to a pulp or dead.. Little boys with toy guns shouldn’t be shot before the officer even gets out of the car or followed by private citizens while walking home with skittles and iced tea.. Chocked to death in handcuffs..

    Demetria Thomas: You are either lying or in denial either way

    I hope nothing tragic happens to you or your sons that stirs you from your slumber. I also hope that my son’s and I never encounter you because I’m pretty sure what the end result maybe because you’re a cop and we’ll you know we’re just beneath you and your authority.

    Lisa Agate: Smh you being a cop will not protect your son from other racist cops

    Miles Coleman: Lisa Agate…and black cops are protected from racist cops either

    Andrew Hall: That black plain clothes police officer in Brooklyn that was making an arrest, he was shot and killed by his fellow officers, i am sure he sang the same tune you are singing now, guess he was not respectful enough, when blacks express their sorrow about wrongful deaths its even more painful when other blacks imply that it was purely the victims fault, we are not naive, we have bad people in our communities but we have many good men like yourself that can so easily become a victim of police brutality, those are the brothers we are fighting for,it is a shame that we need to have a special conversation with our kids to help save their lives from people that are supposed to serve and protect them, our sad reality.

    Adrian Burney: I guess my outlook on life is flawed? I always considered myself to be a person of worth. I felt I had the same rights and responsibilities in society as anyone else and I refuse to allow others to define my worth. I am teaching my son those same values! The act of allowing others to define your status gives those same people power over you. That is what I refuse to do.

    Miles Coleman: Adrian Burney…so innocent blacks who get murdered by the police don’t know their worth? u sound willfully ignoraNT or just plain STUpID, I HOPE its the former and not the latter. I would hate to think a black man is that dumb.

    Rashanda Parham: Adrian it’s not really about your opinion of yourself it’s they way you and your sons can at times viewed by police, even when they are respectful and cooperative.

    Briana Mi’chale: Love this

    Bhimsen Ikaika: Kumar-Reyes This is very powerful!

    Cordell Garrett: This was beautiful I’m so sharing this

    Willie James Deloach Jr For Sharing! It’s A Beautiful Picture & Message! Mrs. Deloach!

    Jason Lee: Everyone should have this talk.

    Hatch MDeez: He should paint a pretty picture of your ancestors hanging from trees or your children getting shot in the middle of the street next, you know, to help “spread the message.”

    Ryshonda Gantt-Brown: Well sometimes it takes the sight of reality to make an Impact on our society.

    Blossom-Chrishelle: Dynasty-Dupree Did they really have to mention that he is white?! Uh! I love the pic period!

    Janice BestNana Williams: So do I; I think the President’s ears are a little exaggerated though. Like · 1 · January 19 at 12:13pm

    Hatch MDeez: How is this any different then the photo of the cop hugging the protestor in Ferguson? GTFOH!!!

    Natalie Howell: Love this painting. I am a mother of two teenage daughters and I have had the talk with them also because they may be out with a male friend who gets singled out by the police due to their race, size, etc. It’s sad that we live in a society in which the police judge someone based on their race or size??

    Kiia Gemini: Princess Dorsey OK I read the article…. And still I ask why? Why not paint a picture of a white man explaining to his own children the way I’d should be and to teach then how racism is in our world! That’s where it behind in their homes. They need to be taught how to be considerate, loving, equal, and positive individuals. Focus on your own and let us focus on ours.

    Kiia Gemini: Princess Dorsey Nothing is wrong, but why is all I ask.

    Kiia Gemini:Princess Dorsey Why did he have to draw us? Why not his own? How does he know what talk was had? I don’t get it….

    Stephanie Williams: If we all would stop talking about the colors of our skin, and talk about what’s with in us, we would really appreciate each other more. ONE RACE, THE HUMAN RACE. I love love love the painting!

    Tamaka Kidd: I want one. Powerful piece

    Denise D. Grant Orso: He’s right whether we like the fact he is white or not

    Pamela Williams: Beautiful pic

    Imogene Allen’Bradley: We. Would. Love. Too. See. U. 2. & the. Kids

    Linda Keykanuteh: Tasha DiCoio…….Racial divide???? This country was built on racism. Check your historical facts. Read…..power faith and fantasy…..by Michael Oren. Before the FOUNDING FATHERS of America became presidents……..they were in the middle east and the ottoman empire stiring up hatred. Monroe and Jefferson are the first two you should research. They were rapists and pedafiles. Remember Sally Hemmings……jeffersons slave that bore his seven children??? Do I need to say anymore on it?? And as for 9/11………..American policy overseas since 1747…….brought that on. Even after 9/11 white America continued their racial divide. I was almost attacked in the baby food section at the grocery store……..i had my African fabric wrapped on my hair. Ignorant whites assumed I was Muslim ………I’m not. It was ok when slaves wrapped their hair to pick cotton and now it’s a problem.????……..think about it.

  • mdantuon

    Here’s a collection of over 600 comments taken from some of the articles written about the piece (first batch of 3):

    Kim Harris-Mustafa: I have never played the victim (even when I was a victim) I’m insulted b/c I have a teenage son that I’ve had this talk with and his perception is TOTALLY wrong. He’s incapable of reenacting this situation and should stay in his lane

    Andrew Conner: I hope they’re telling him that it is stupid to try and disarm a police officer after you just robbed and assaulted a store owner. That would be at least accurate.

    Tasha DiCoio: I honestly think this painting does more to stir up the racial divide than it does to support the black community. I don’t see this painting moving society forward at all. I just see it as making people feel angry towards whites, which in the end solves as much as blaming all. Muslims for 911

    Linda Keykanuteh: Its beautiful……..and real in our life. If a family of color does NOT talk to their children you are setting them up to be harmed by racism lingering out here in this country.

    Kim Harris-Mustafa: How is this powerful? It doesn’t depicts how families handle this situation and I find it insulting

    Tenisha McKnight: Awesome true work

    Telfeather Perry: Wow. Awesome pic

    Elizabeth Chambers: Love it.

    Flavius Maximus: Beautiful

    Eva Maria James: Powerful!!! Love the painting.

    Teresa Mechele: Powerful.

    Shelley Brown: Very powerful

    Joaella DeTiege Lane: Love it…exactly my family portrait during these times.

    Emma Harrell: I wonder if people still give the talk on race how to be blaze I got it gave it to my girls

    Romayn Jones Linares: Beautiful!

    Joy Cornelius: He gets it!

    Anita Carter: Thank you love it

    Linda K. King-Blount Sad but true

    Brenda Johnson: That’s what’s up !

    Kisha Kelo Dower: Powerful wow

    Simone Godette-Hartley: Wow!

    Sheila Snipes: I love his understanding!

    Debbie Crawford: It’s money that’s why

    Ryshonda Gantt-Brown: So would you say that it was money if it had been a black man who was the artist or would it at that time been politically correct.

    Toya Preko: I love it.. The truth needs no proof or words.

    Jenjen Ianson: I don’t care what he did the fact still

    remains that our people are so blinded by systematic, and covert deceit, it’s nauseating. And for your information the civil rights movement wasn’t created for our people…..WAKE UP!!!!

    Natasha Fulwylie: I love the art

    Cynthia Lucero Flores AWESOME WORK….

    Jenjen Ianson: Exactly hatch mdeez, I bet most of these people in here thought that was cute too, before they found out it was staged by the white man’s deceit once again

    Andreas L Mackey: Great art ……

    Charles Mathews: Love it!!!

    Joseph Garcia: Awful!

    Jenjen Ianson: No he can’t, how can you empathize with oppression?

    Lisa Agate: Powerful painting

    Rayford Branch Sr: Powerful and yet so true!

    Teri Graham: Agreed with all who used the word powerful.

    D’Anne Graham Am verklempt

    Sherry Harrison: I love it!

    Marcia Leota: I get it…but Black don’t crack…the couple look like grandparents

    Quickhitter Kelley: Lets see your drawing

    Nic Robertson: Ignorance

    Camille Muhammad: Girl you know you can’t criticize the white man when he’s being nice to us even if it’s a joke.

    Miles Coleman: …blacks get wrinkles..

    Jason Lee: Maybe they’re his grandparents. Maybe his mom is a Thot somewhere & no active dad

    Marchelle A. Hughes: The stress and strain of having to deal with the racist climate here in Amerikkka is enough to wrinkle any brow and grey anyone’s hair prematurely. Hence, the agging of the parents in the portrait.

    Ana CubaLibre Santiago: This almost made me cry.

    Reginald Allen: What talk didn’t have it so fuc it

    Margaret Peterkin: Don’t shoot the messenger

    Lucy Straite: The message is in the picture

    LJ Crowder: I like what he is tryna say in the pic

    Remi Mullins: NAILED IT!

    Ann Hicks: Funny thing is we’be been having the talk all their lives; but they are brave fierce, not closed by racial ppl.they continue to try to survive in a white man’s majority set up system, they walk freely; they drive freely; they ride freely, but they know they have enemies in both colors.!!!!#how do they do it.?#ask them!!!

    Melanie R. Janisch: It’s depressing. He did a really good job.

    MrClarke Gablynne: But if the treatment were the same, the painting might actually mean something, and the blacks on here who have already bowed down to the ideal they are worth less than white people, they already have the dog collars on your necks

    Jonathan George: Whites need to have these conversations also. It’s just not politically correct to tell your kids that blacks are killing whites every day and that mobs of up to 100 black people attack whites at state fairs in a rampage.

    Barbara Powers: Wtf are you talking about?

    Jonathan George: Do you want the answer or are you just ignorantly asking rhetorical questions. My comment is fact. You could easily research it yourself. The media ignores the black on white violence nationally. It’s inly covered on local stations.

    Riki Candice Smith: Are you trying to compare a few short instances to 500 yrs of lynchings, torture, slavery, rapes, pillaging, burning alive, propaganda, mass murder etc. There’s no comparison. You should be ashamed. How long you think your race would take the same treatment, or could..

    Jonathan George: Africans sold you into slavery. Only 5% of slaves came here. I’m sure that blacks weren’t angels back then. Sure aren’t now. 54% of murder is by 3% of population. Black men between 17-35 years of age. It’s the same in every majority black city on earth

    Jonathan George: We have electricity food and hot water. Be grateful. And don’t live in the past. There’s no great honor there for blacks either

    Jonathan George: The Irish were slaves too. They don’t act like barbarians and whine about it like you do

    Ameshia Westbrook: Whatever Black Parents have long before this talk to there children,,,, now we need a lesson in how to address the racism that we know exist and that I children’s see on TV every day ,,,,,, parents do talk today kid is a must conversation that they do have and nothing has change you only can pray and hope IF you are faced with a situation that is difficult that the officers involved or the people who take you in don’t put you in harms way!!!!!!! what conversation are you going to have about that

    Erica Arevalo: Love this

    Sam Tee: Wonderful

    Sharon Gladney: nice but he really doesn’t know what it’s like to have THE TALK with black parents!

    La Keesha Vega He’s not saying he knows…the painting is acknowledging and bringing attention to the fact that the TALK has to happen…it’s important that someone who is NOT brown recognizes and acknowledges this instead of acting like we are just playing the “race card”

    Jonathan George: I am Sure he hates whites as much as many of you

    Aj Hill: Pretty great.

    Sylvia Tuck: Beautifully done

    Yung Watts: Smh damn shame how we living

    Krissta Bell: So we have a white invasion on this page with something so serious……Lucifer is always lurking.

    Krissta Bell: *Tears*

    Paula Hughes: Lovely picture.

    Rodell Perry: Jr. I don’t think enough of our black parents

    are having the right conversation with their kids because to many of them are trying to be friends with the kids by drinking and smoking with them that’s why u see most of the kids today making an ass of them selves in the streets by not showing respect for themselves as well as others that’s a black eye view

    Sharon Jones: What a picture, breaks my heart.

    judyms9 The Talk is a wonderful and poignant piece of art. Thanks for posting it. There is little evidence that the US wishes to solve its race problems or any other problems for that matter. All the forces at play in our politics serve to divide us so we will remain unable to solve problems because that would require rules and this nation doesn’t want any stinkin’ rules.

    Martyshata: This grieves me and gives me hope simultaneously. As a mom of an African American son, it doesn’t matter how he dress, his mannerism, his educational attainment he is NOT seen as MY pride and joy or future BUT one with animalistic tendencies and a threat. Thanks for a platform so mom’s such as myself can say, MY BABY MATTERS TOO!

    Gary Moraco: MILKIN IT.

    DeeAnn Louise: Lett-Neal No, not milking it. Truth. I’ve had the talk with my darker skinned students.

    Shereen Renee: The Talk: You are different in this society. You cannot do what white people do. You will never get the same, or even similar opportunities; and if they kill you, they will get away with it. YOU, however, will NEVER get away with defending yourself against them, even after you are dead.

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    Art That Inspires Me: Great use of light and shadow as well.

    Wendy Madan Perkins: your talent and heart are so appreciated…wow xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Anderson Ty Priester: SMH at the lengths some will go to ignore a real problem because it makes them uncomfortable…..

    Anderson Ty Priester White on White violence kills many more white people than cops. Guess we should just ignore cops kill black men 23 times the rate of white men, according to troll Ish Dizzle logic…

    Wendy Frazier Thornton: Thank you so much for this. I remember having this “talk” with my own son.

    Anderson Ty Priester: Can you call them “good cops” when they work so hard to protect the bad? No greater evil is committed than the man that stands by and does nothing. But they work really hard to ignore those bad cops don’t they?

    Jennifer Gravois Saltamachia: That is NOT what young black men/boys and women/girls are being taught 50 years later. My children went to a predominantly black elementary school for 1 semester. 1 semester because they were spit on, called white trash, called white ho’s, pushed and kicked around and so on. The black faculty laughed at it; said they’re just kids. But guess what? I taught my kids that they have better parents than the kids who treated them so horrible. I taught them forgiveness. FIRST GRADE PEOPLE! Dr. King is not being taught… Al Sharpton ways are being taught.

    Stuart Reid: I really like your art work , but to be fair I don’t think the black parents of the 50’s and 60’s believed their children would have devolved into this either. I am not sure people can not go to work every day and not become jaded in their attitudes if all they encounter is this.

    Ray Pryor III: Truth.

    Victoria Pryor: Sadly to say but it’s our (BlackParents) Truth!.. Beautiful picture!

    Lydia Tremayne: Profound. He definitely captured the truth. Brought tears to my eyes

    Shawn Hill: I just became a new fan. You have a beautiful array of art work. Thank you

    Sharon McCreary: Thank you!!

    Dedra Fryer Stephens: Love it

    Sharon McCreary: Like they say …a picture is worth a thousand words….

    Ariel P. Sanders: Love this, great work!

    Ralph Sylvester: I need this as well

    C.J. Whitfield: Where do I purchase this? I searched the website and cant find it! Awesome work. If anyone knows where please let me know

    Art That Inspires Me: #LoveThis

    Marilyn Palefsky: Sad but true. I guess some dreams take longer to wake up American.

    Ish Dizzle: Never mind that black on black violence takes many more lives. Smh

    Delphine Centry: 93% of whites are killed by other whites… So never mind the suicides, killing sprees, bombings, and school shootings whites do everyday! Somehow you always seems to demean blacks for what you guys do as well. So STFU

    Ish Dizzle: How is pointing out the obvious demeaning? What exactly do we do? Typical response since I don’t buy into the bullshit narrative. Speaking of race whites are over 60% more likely to be killed by police. ..Like · January 13 at 5:09pm

    Michael Sidky Ph D: profound.

    Shae PhDcandidate Primus: Lovely

    Patrick Valenzano: Dr. King would be spinning in his grave had he witnessed recent events is Ferguson, MO, Cleveland, OH and in Staten Island, NY. We have come a long way since his death, but the road ahead will be difficult for many, if not all, as we. This trend of police overreach must be reversers if we are ever to attain MLK’s dream of equality in America.

  • Speak the Truth

    ‪#‎ErnieChambers‬ “The police are my ISIS.” (Comments made during a Nebraska Judiciary Committee hearing, after another senator tried to introduce a bill to allow concealed guns in bars, and Sen. Chambers asked him why that would be necessary. The other senator’s response was that people are afraid of ISIS. Sen. Chambers responded that ISIS has never threatened people in his district, but the police shoot black children and old people in the backs and get away with it).

  • Anon ymous

    It’s sad to think that one day I will still have to tell my little sister to careful on where she goes because there are still racists out there and you will never know what can happen.

    All becuase we are indigenous Australians.