*TIME magazine chose a soul-shattering image for the cover of its special issue examining the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the systemic racism that exists in the U.S.
The cover is painted by artist Titus Kaphur and shows an African-American mother holding her child. In the painting, the child is cut out to represent a mother’s loss. It’s called, “Say their names.”
“This black mother understands the fire. Black mothers understand despair. I can change nothing in this world, but in paint, I can realize her. That brings me solace … not hope, but solace,” Titus writes in a piece accompanying his painting. “She walks me through the flames of rage. My black mother rescues me yet again. I want to be sure that she is seen. I want to be certain that her story is told. And so this time, America must hear her voice.”
Below is the video that accompanies the cover story. (Also available to watch at Time.com.)