Artist imagines the Simpsons joining the "I can't breathe" protests

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After months of heightened racial tensions, an artist has created images of the Simpsons joining the protests in memory of those who have died.

In Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo’s series called “I Can’t Breathe,”  the iconic yellow cartoon family is turned black — with Bart Simpson seen experiencing the same tragedies as Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and all the other victims.

Mr Palombo recently told MailOnline:

With this art series I wanted to denounce the current social situation, the unbelievable racial facts of recent times. The images from the suffocation of Eric Garner are horrible, uncivilized. This is a crazy and an unacceptable violence. We are experiencing a dangerous social regression and if America does not react to the rampant racism it will no longer be the country of freedom and dreams, but the country of oppression and injustice.

The images are shocking yet also dishearteningly accurate as Chief Wiggums re-enacts the behavior that several officers in these excessive force cases have been accused of.

You can view the depictions for yourself in the gallery above.