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Artist Mary Engelbreit Uses Her Work to Commemorate Michael Brown; Some Fans Not Into Anti-Racist Art, Apparently

I'll take that "God made so many different kinds of people..." print, please.


Illustrator Mary Engelbreit has a long history of creating heartwarming, joyful artwork in children’s books, on stationery, and on home goods. Recently, to commemorate the death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, MO police, she decided to use her art to show support for the black community specifically and people of color in general.

Engelbreit took to her Facebook page to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death by creating this piece and offering this statement:

It’s been a year since unarmed Michael Brown was shot and killed in the street by a policeman. The protests about his…

Posted by Mary Engelbreit on Thursday, August 6, 2015

But, you know, God forbid an artist known for creating heartwarming, child-centric work dare acknowledge the fact that sometimes there are things that aren’t so sunny in the world and those not-sunny things affect the very children you’re trying to cheer with their work. Of course, criticism reared its ugly head:

FB criticism

However, Engelbreit did receive lots of support for her piece as well. And she responded to the critics with the following:

Regardless of the details of Michael Browns actions,none of which deserved the death penalty, by the way, his death made…

Posted by Mary Engelbreit on Friday, August 7, 2015


Now, some people took the opportunity to point out to her that her work generally isn’t known for its diversity, and that she might want to, you know, fix that:


As you can see from Engelbreit’s response—”Lots more where this came from!”—she appears to be on it.

And I would say that, my friends, is an example of a good ally. Using your position of privilege to amplify the struggles of others, and if someone tells you how you can do better, you try to do it. Simple. I wish more people could find it in themselves to do that.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna scour Engelbreit’s website for some new art prints featuring cute [email protected] kids.

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