Why I Will Not Praise Banksy’s Mural of Steve Jobs

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  • Just Saying

    sorry to say you expect too much from people. this is in fact a clever narrative that may take some hold, at least in the middle. the left will take in anyone, and the right won’t take in anyone.

    “Are we that damaged as a society that it’s not enough for us to learn about these heartbreaking stories from the people that have actually endured them?” what society do you speak of? mexico? brazil? Russia? Saudi Arabia? the UAE? turkey? Indonesia? Nigeria? south Africa? Egypt?

  • Scott Weber

    I typically love Banksy’s work, but when I saw a picture of this newest piece, something about it didn’t feel right to me. Then I read your essay. And that’s it. Very well-written, spot on! Thank you!

  • Steven Lebon

    Steve Jobs was not Syrian. A Syrian might have been a sperm donor but he never met the guy. Was not raised with any resemblance or connection to Syrian culture whatsoever; he probably couldn’t find it on a map. So to say he was Syrian is a slap in the face to his American mother and father who raised him as their own.

  • Dave

    “Two things — Steve Jobs was the son of a migrant, not a refugee. Those are two completely different scenarios and there are different circumstances that lead to each one.”

    The point is that people think Syrians are automatically horrible and a drain. Migrant/Refugee, son of one, or not…. these are all people being defined by make believe borders and making a distinction between people with terms like this is letting the wrong people categorize for us all. That’s more power than we should have already given them.

    But yes, I think that is the state of our society, definitely. Better to make it known, to bring awareness, than do nothing because things “should” be another way. I frankly don’t see it changing that direction.