Artist’s Statement: To me, Justice in 2021 is the acknowledgment of inequity and correction of systemic oppression. It is uplifting those who have been spoken over for decades, centuries even, and it ensures that they are being heard and protected. Justice is insurance to uphold the values of our society, to quote a founding father of the land we live in, all men are created equal. Meaning everyone is entitled to respect and dignity, no matter who they are. A just society is proactive; it does not allow its citizens to experience inequity or oppression from its leaders.
Jackson Barrett, 17. Stone Mountain, GA.
SELF-PORTRAIT: Locked Down
During another spike of COVID cases in the U.S. and post-capitol strike, the photographer took this self-portrait to depict the inner turmoil and external chaos. Stone Mountain, GA. February 10, 2021.
HOMETOWN: LIFE AS POC IN STONE MOUNTAIN, GA
The photographer, in her hometown of Stone Mountain, GA, with the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial carving in the background. Stone Mountain Park, GA. July 1, 2020.
Confederates Gone Wild: The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president on Jan. 20, 2021, angered many right-wing extremists. As a result, Confederate sympathizers were spotted walking through the infamous KKK hub, Stone Mountain, GA, for weeks afterwards. Stone Mountain, GA, Jan. 30, 2021.
Jackson Barrett, 17, is an aspiring journalist, photographer, and filmmaker who enjoys writing, making music, and golfing to destress from tireless days of editing and researching new topics to report on and challenge their creativity. Jackson believes that all people should be equal, but that it will never happen until those in power recognize their privilege and meaningfully act upon that knowledge.