Women and the Visual Arts: Propaganda?

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Panther Praxis


A question that many classmates and I have been asking is: where are the women? Why are our voices so silenced? Why is our role in the Party diminished and relegated to a corner? With these constant preoccupations, I was delighted to come across the above artistic rendering of a Black woman as the representative of the Party. The woman symbolizes Afro-American solidarity; not Afro-American male solidarity. The drawing of the proud sister also signals to the Black women radicals that they, too, are the revolution. The revolutionary purpose calls Black women just as it does Black men “to stand in solidarity with the oppressed people of the world”. By choosing to depict a woman instead of a man as the Panther revolutionary, the artist signals to a genuine gesture of solidarity and unity.

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