A national controversy erupted in the mid 1990’s over the proposed use of Ebonics (African
American Vernacular English) in public schools in California. The issue fomented interesting debate from linguists, and virulent diatribes from racists.
At the time, I had a classic sign posted in my studio that read “Sorry, We’re Closed”. In solidarity with the pro-Ebonics movement, I blacked out the contraction “We’re” to read “We”, and in late 2009 I made a painting of that sign. Sorry, We Closed.