What seems like an age ago when Barrack Obama became the first black president of the United States the country seemed like it had passed a Rubicon of sorts, a shifting away at long last from the racial animus which has defined so much of the history of the country and accounted for at least one civil war. One defining symbol of that hope was the iconic poster of Obama by Shepard Fairey. We hoped, but he hoped in vain.
Now in the age of Trump, the troll-who-would-be-president, we have at last another visual symbol which captures the moment. We had to look overseas to our longtime allies the Brits to give us the definitive image which will I believe capture the lunacy of the days in which we live. The long imagined dream of a time in which racism was defeated if not extinguished is replaced by the absolute celebration of hate and stupidity brimming in the dark soul of one of the most depraved personalities to ascend to world power in recent years. The Trump Baby balloon developed by Leo Murray is a sign of the times, dark times but also times in which humor and grace and even dare I say hope will elevate above the worst of times.