Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.Ryunosuke Satoro
Do you believe in it?
What does it mean to you? Coming together? Joining hands? Collaboration? Maybe it means several different things, but at Arclight it takes on a special meaning and life force of its own.
Unity is possible when all agree that it’s worth achieving
It’s cultural for us. Without it we wouldn’t be able do what we’ve been doing.
There’s a beauty in our differences in race, gender, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity and religious background. Different perspectives and cultural experiences get invited into our house to make our stories, our characters and our brand that much stronger.
And we also take it as an opportunity to learn, to understand, and break down our own biases, prejudices and barriers society teaches us to bridge cultural gaps and stand as one, unified team on a mission to become the Pixar of comics.
But our reality happens.
But we’ve always managed to avoid and push through though divides.
We’ve made it through Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter; through Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders; through Orlando and the Christian church; and more recently, Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile, and the five officers who lost their lives in Dallas.
Unity is about support; about understanding; about conversations; about coming together in dark times to be a light for someone else.
And when Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile met their end without justice or due process, I feared for my life as I was getting ready to return to North Carolina from Virginia. An anxiety attack happened. The thought of being pulled over brought me to tears and I immediately reached out to the team.
Our Lead Production and Color Artist, Tim, just thought it was a routine thing. He wasn’t aware of what had been happening in the past 48 hours until he checked his Facebook feed.
And the moment he opened his account, it sparked a flame.
Out of struggle, pain and frustration comes art
I don’t log into Facebook often. I don’t always watch the news either.
So when Ed told us that he was heading back home from a road trip and wanted some prayers tossed up it didn’t occur to me it was because another unarmed man lost his life at the hands of a badge. I thought it was simply a safe accident free thing.
The next day or so I log into Facebook. I see #BlacklivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter and #PoliceLivesMatter all over that FB wall feed.
Scrolling a bit further I see why.
My heart sinks.
Then scrolling down more I see the debate using the hash tag’s on whose life matters and it pissed me off.
People for some reason think you can only stand for one thing. If you’re pro black lives then you hate cops.
That simple mindedness infuriates me.
#BlackLivesMatter is a movement to bring awareness to the senseless murder of unarmed African Americans. #AllLivesMatter was started as a passive movement to tell black people (to put it blunt): STFU (Shut the F&$* Up).
Completely missing the point of what BLM was created for!
On my feed was also white people telling black people if they didn’t wear hoodies or baggy clothing they would not be targets. That is so (censored) close minded and ignorant it makes me sick that this crap ended up in my feed.
Cops are to DETAIN an unarmed person. Not execute them! And having a dress code? What kind of BS is that? What does that teach our youth? They can’t express themselves because they might get shot?
This is murder and I grew tired of it. Tired of the lack of respect for Alton and his family. Using the situation to push agenda.
The print serves as a reminder
To stay unified. To come together. To discard our own biases and prejudices and stand on the front lines together.
Our cast of characters come from all walks of life, but when the time calls for it, they come together.