'Baby Capitalism Suckling Mother Africa' - R.L. Houser's
I came across this powerful thought provoking painting, 'Baby Capitalism Suckling Mother Africa' by R.L Houser's. This first thing that grabbed my attention was the obvious, a black woman nursing, what appears to be a white baby. The second thing, her eyes. It easy to get distracted by the nursing, but I think the message is in her eyes. I've seen these eyes before. Like most immigrant mothers, my mom worked 2 jobs, studied in America, while raising her kids, being a wife, and a daughter who was financially responsible for her family back home. I've been raised by these eyes.
Now, let me reveal an important detail. The woman pictured was inspired by a real-life slave. When I consider her eyes, I see agony, pain, silence. I see someone dying, giving someone life. I see a little bit of light, but too weak to walk into that light. I see tears that don't fall.
When I look at this painting, it makes me feel guilty. At times, I feel like as a mother, I can get so caught up in my own life. Guilty in the sense that, I don't recognize or show appreciation to my ancestors and what they endured. Guilty in the sense, using the excuse of being a mommy in preventing me in checking on my family and friends. I am not sitting her trying to convince you that whatever difficulties you may be facing isn't valid. I just think we should take time to appreciate where we are in life and praise those who suffered to get us here. Be grateful. Give back.