Dear Ello Creative Excellence Awards Committee,
During 2017, I became highly engrossed in the kneeling protests seen across the NFL, which originated with Colin Kaepernick. I, like many others, saw the opposition to such protests as going far beyond the claim of disrespect for the flag and our troops. We as a country have the utmost respect for our armed service members and that is shown daily. This particular instance of athletic activism is about fighting injustice, be it police brutality or general racial unrest. Therefore, I have used my art to combat the dismissal of these kneeling protestors and shine a light on what I feel are the true reasons behind the opposition to the movement. This is just one type of social movement that I choose to highlight in my work. For more examples please visit my website www.slyngstadcartoons.com to see other illustrations. Thank you for your consideration.