"The context of this print deals with ideas and communities, social and political. The idea stemmed from several elements, particularly individual figures and incidents in society, For example, St. Sebastian was a religious martyrs, [sic] perseated [sic] and profiled for his religious beliefs, which is where the pose comes from. Bullet holes replaced the arrows which were shot into Sebastian. Second, his T-shirt identifies Bin Laden and is portraying a stereotypical and profiled Middle [Ea]stern male "This is the enemy" - Not only is this another type of racial profiling and brainwashing done in America, it is also a [sic] another hypocritical stone that America takes. Obviously we have foreign enemies, yet we presente [sic] our own and abuse our own. Finally this image was done in memory of , who was gunned down by several off-duty officers in Brooklyn, . He was stopped while walking on the sidewalk for no reason and as he reached into his pocket, he was shot 42 times and killed. He reached into his pocket for his I.D. "It is a dangerous time and a dangerous place to have dark clothes, dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin." Vincent Valdez. [Note: the artist seems to be referring here to Amadou Diallo.] Colors used: 120C Yellow, 167C Orange, 032C Red, 000Z-C Black, ZN)R-C Brown, OSZN-C Dark Brown, 277C Light Black, 000Z-C Black, and Clear Gloss.
Chicano activists of the 1960s were concerned with reclaiming their pre-Columbian, Native American, and Mexican cultural identities, and their movement led to an increased understanding of Chicano identity in a historical, binational, and bicultural context. This unit uses the prints of Self Help Graphics, an East Los Angeles gallery and community art center that emerged from the Chicano movement, to explore the culture and community of the Chicano movement in California.