F.E.D.U.P


Acrylic on canvas, 30"x21", 1991;Collection of the artist.

Copyright David G. Wilson

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WHEN

FREEDOM , EQUALITY, and DIGNITY are UNDERMINED PERPETUALLY,

The Indignant seeks redress:

"BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY."

F E D U P is an acronym which means 'When "Freedom, Equality and Dignity are Undermined Profoundly," the indignant seeks redress "By Any Means Necessary." ' Growing up in the Caribbean, we were told that Malcolm was the violent one while Dr. King was the peaceful one. But few understood the message that Malcolm was sending. He was simply stating that one should not allow anyone to abuse him. It is evident in the representation of his glasses. The sickle and the scimitar - his foresight. The sickle represents his vision for black people helping themselves and being self-sufficient and the scimitar represents his believe in self-defense; not turning the other cheek. Here he appears in front of a mosque and the decoration of the door serves as his halo. The two belligerent looking Arabs represent the false belief that Malcolm was a violent man. His initials M X are etched between the floor tiles.

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