Khatib A.F. Waheed, Founder of Racial Equity Learning Exchange (RELE), is one of 245 individuals featured in the 2018 November cover of TIME magazine in its “Guns in America” article. In the issue, you can actually hear each persons’s recorded interview, by tapping on the person in an interactive audio and video experience,
The path to that recognition was not simple, nor was it an envious one. The journey of the idea actually spans across 50 years.
On June 21, 1964, TIME Magazine featured on its cover a lead article, “The Gun In America” about assassinations and its impact on society. Fifty years later, a few months after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., TIME decided to approach guns again with a different type of cover.
The painful and vicious national debate about guns led to a certain goal: preventing the senseless mass murder of children. One international artist, JR was approached for the task. “In France,” JR says, “we don’t have any relationship with guns, and so I’m discovering the whole issue.”
In three U.S. cities TIME searched for individuals who have been profoundly affected by guns—Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.—Khatib Waheed was one of the 245 individuals invited to share his views and describe his personal experiences about the impact of gun violence. The goal: a search for a common ground.
French artist JR decided to create a mural for the cover of TIME as a table, the kind of setting where we might actually listen to one another. The mural was created for TIME’s November 5, 2018 cover.
Over 5 months, JR and his team, along with a group of TIME journalists, traveled to three cities—St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; and Dallas—to film, photograph and record, one by one, 245 people to represent the vast range of voices about the gun debate.
His latest work—an extraordinary mural on canvas pulls together --people from all points of view and walks of life—many have weapons in their hands –to create a haunting artistic image about a common problem and our humanity. If you tap om the images in the mural you can hear each person’s recorded voice.
Research shows that while there are more guns in America than there were 20 years ago, they are owned by a smaller share of the population. Roughly 40% of Americans live in a gun-owning household, but just 30% own guns, according to recent Pew Research Center and Gallup surveys. Other studies have put the percentage of those who personally own guns even lower, at about 22%. And only 4.4 % of Americans over 16 actually hunt
Waheed’s photo on the mural can be located on the left top side under the ‘T’ in TIME. Tap on the photo to hear Khatib AF Waheed’s taped interview. You can also access the page by tapping the link: http://time.com/guns-in-america/#khatib-wahed. *BE SURE TO TAP “SKIP” WHEN THE PRE-VIDEO PLAYS. GO TO PAGE BOTTOM and TAP, HEAR FEATURED STORIES (In the Red Box).