Updated: Sep 12
As simple as the term may seem, a good amount of people actually do not have a thorough understanding of what it means. For those of you who do, bare with me I am going to go over the textbook (webster) definition and then break down my reasoning for incorporating it into my artwork.
Humanity : compassionate, sympathetic, or generous behavior or disposition : the quality or state of being humane.
Moving on, keeping that definition in mind, did you know there are 11 international texts defining crimes against humanity. What exactly does that have to do with art, well being a legal student means to fully wrap your head around “the system” and the details that lye within legalities you have to have an open mind and try to see the world in ways that most don’t.
Over the years I have learned a lot about crimes. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Good meaning what is being done for justice, for the victim bad as in what's not being done or what “can not” be done. My immediate family has been in and out of the court system on the victim end of things, so I have been able to have a 360 view. However, there are so many factors that go into each individual case, it is truly impossible to say every case has been treated fairly, or “right”.
Which leads me to a topic I have been passionate about for years, could you imagine going away to prison for the rest of your life for a crime you did not commit? Being wrongfully convicted happens everyday. No matter where you are in the world, it happens. Personally that in itself in my opinion, is a crime against humanity. People that endure that pain, embarrassment, and whatever else comes along with being locked away like that is not fair or right. With that being said, I am sure you are starting to get the memo that even if it is bold and at times risky I feel a need that I call upon myself to find ways to voice up for those who don't have a voice in their situation.
Some examples of crimes against humanity are murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation or forcible transfer of population, imprisonment, torture, and rape just to name a few. All in which I have come to find out are open to interpretation. After reading through case studies on all these topics; it inspired me to bring more awareness to crimes against humanity.
It is often times overlooked and brushed under the rug. The most common topic I see is the race card. A very controversial topic that I am not getting into entirely but it is on the internet if you look. I suggest everyone educate themselves and learn your rights, you never know when crimes like this could take place with you or your loved ones. One side is “they were innocent it's the color of their skin” the other end of it is “they deserved it, should’ve known better” or something along those lines. I know we have all read a headline of the sort at some point. (I don't blame anyone for scrolling by posts similar because if you aren't an argumentative person it's difficult to want to read the arguments going back and forth.)
However when you do zoom into the details on cases where foul play was involved, or unnecessary violence or hatred towards a person that didn’t deserve that type of treatment, it does turn the stomach a bit.
It took me awhile to understand we aren’t all taught morals or values. I think to myself “how could someone do that” (frequently I have found out the same or similar has been done to them or mental illness could be a factor) even so, I would like to think I have a good understanding of right and wrong when it comes to treating another human with respect; no matter the circumstances.
Crimes against humanity are done deliberately, and that is my biggest problem with it, is when these crimes are committed they are intentional. Personally, I feel these sort of crimes need a stronger punishment. If you are intentionally trying to harm another human in any way, shape, or form it is not okay.
We are all human, treat everyone how you would want to be treated. No matter who you are, the color of your skin,the badge you wear, or title you hold, or what degree you have or job human = human it is simple.
Let’s all work towards a more peaceful planet.
I have been lucky to have found art as my outlet. In doing so I have been given a chance to share knowledge and opinions I have gained over time, bringing awareness to topics that should be discussed more. I believe that part of my purpose on earth is to give back in any way I can. Art is rewarding for me and I look forward to continuing my path with art in my life.
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog! Stay tuned for what I will be sharing next! I enjoy doing the polls on my Instagram story because it lets me know what topic is preferred from everyone reading, so if you watch my Instagram stories be sure to vote this week for my next blog!
Lastly, don't forget to check out The Opus Magnum show this month in Venice, Italy - a piece of my work will be part of the mosaic starting September 13 in Galleria El Redentore held by artist Manuel Carrion who shares common interest in taking care of mother earth and humanity.
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Xo Samantha :) ------------------------------------------
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