When Silence Becomes Betrayal

Hayle Lorren Stoner


Right now in our country we are using our anger and judgement to rule our actions which is leading our people to turn against one another in fear. It is time that we come together as a society to solve a problem, to speak up for what we believe in, for justice. When Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the letter from Birmingham jail he was calling out for people to share their voices for a cause. By staying silent while heartbreaking events unfold you are contributing to the ongoing problem. In my poster design I wanted to call out those people who are watching the violence continue but still saying silent. The design is meant to relate to a broad audience, to show it could be any one of us. The shade of red symbolizes the figure being alert due to rising tensions. Their eyes are open wide to see exactly what is going on but their hand remains over their mouth in silence. In the reflection of the eyes, you see a cop and a silhouetted figure. This is to call out the present controversy unfolding between African Americans and Law Enforcement. In the eyes there is no hero or victim because if we ever want to resolve this conflict we have to take a step back from that. We have to start looking at all of us as one in the same, we are all people and we all must come together and stop being silent which is what this poster represents.


Social Justice; Graphic Design; History; Eduacation

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