Reader feedback: Shame on the bigots!

Re: Graffiti: Art or crime?, Volume 11, Number 21, May 30 - June 5, 2005

What is graffiti? To consider graffiti an act of vandalism it is a sign of incredible stupidity. Graffiti is a form of artistic protest stemming from the poorest areas in the world.

Areas with more then 35 percent unemployment, young people without any chance to ever have a decent job. In Slovakia only one person has been condemned for corruption in the whole country and at the same time everyone is complaining about people spraying graffiti in the street.

If society does not have any solutions for the economic and educational disaster in the poorest areas of Slovakia, at least they should allow the natural right of protest, especially when the people protesting are society's young.

Young people with talent should be offered places where they can express themselves and do as much graffiti as they want. If an important part of a society protests against educational and material discrimination it is a pity to consider this protest as an act of vandalism.

Shame on this incredible hypocrisy and bigotry!

Armando Caparo,
Vienna, Austria

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