Following a tense week in which cops killed blacks and blacks killed cops, Devon Bray’s “The Law” went viral. It also has staying power; not only does the video beautifully capture the mood of a unique EVENT spreading across the hinterland, but his art speaks on multiple levels…
…the law as protectors of order in society…
…and the universal law of karma: honor your neighbor and they will honor you.
What this means in a tense moment: if a cop recognizes your face, and you recognize his, there is more potential for creative CONVERSION into the THIRD rather than the destruction of warring opposites.
Devon Bray is a multimedia artist commited to the principle that change begins at home, in the human heart. He demonstrates this both in his stunning talent and his commitment as a youth councilor.
Bray has a new message as a means of reconciling the warring opposition: “I like to say #AllLivesMatter rather than #BlackLivesMatter. We have to stop complaining and pointing fingers and change the way we think and feel about each other. Love Conquers All.”
The filmmaker’s signature is imbedded in his images: “Love Peace and Unity – No more killing on both sides.” He explains how this creative prototype for an EVENT sweeping America got started and will continue:
The BLM activists were gonna protest on Sunday, but the Wichita police chief sat down with them. Everyone agreed to come together for a community cookout and Q & A. I filmed the event and created a song and video in 24 hours. When I released it, it went viral. We called it the 1st step to progress and plan on keeping it going, getting bigger and better. We are endeavoring to show the world how it’s supposed to be done.
Dr. Lisa Paul Streitfeld is a philosopher and critic based in Berlin and New York City.
All images copyright the artist Devon Bray and published with his permission.