Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.

I made this image as part of a call for submissions by Resist! magazine for “the theme of political resistance to the forces of intolerance.” My main message is that the more we come together, the stronger we become. When we band together irrespective of our varied races, religions and sexual orientation, we are indestructible. No one said it better than President Obama during his last speech as President on December 6th, 2016.

“The United States of America is not a country that imposes religious tests as a price for freedom.

We’re a country that was founded so that people could practice their faiths as they choose. The United States of America is not a place where some citizens have to withstand greater scrutiny, or carry a special ID card, or prove that they’re not an enemy from within. We’re a country that has bled and struggled and sacrificed against that kind of arbitrary rule — here in our own country and around the world.

We’re a nation that believes freedom can never be taken for granted, and that each of us has a responsibility to sustain it. The universal right to speak your mind, in protest of authority. To live in a country that’s open and free — that can criticize our president without retribution. A country where you’re judged by the content of your character, rather than what you look like or what you worship or what your last name is or where your family came from. That’s what separates us from tyrants and terrorists… In other words, we are a nation that at our best has been defined by hope and not fear.” – President Barack Obama, December 6, 2016.

Let’s stay on course and reaffirm our commitment to that.

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