You smile first (Malawi boy of Bantu origin)
You smile first (Malawi boy of Bantu origin). 36W 48L 1.5D // acrylic, mixed Media // canvas. c. 2020 #bybmoore (🌹available 🌹) ➕I made a commitment this year to stop smiling first, especially to white people. It’s not racist, prejudice or with ill intent. I’m just tired of feeling like a house slave walking around with manners, smiling and giving courtesy or concession to those who don’t smile back or continue to make minorities feel uncomfortable. With hours of study and documentation of African images, stories and history I constantly see that smiling is not natural and it is a gift that is given when asked or just naturally. I also personally don’t do well pretending on a stage and have never done well when told to smile for a camera. I freeze up and feel FAKE. Anyways, I think it’s been a form of freedom to own my smiles and give my courtesy to those who deserve it.