10/16/14. I was very offended as I just watched a cable news program that showed a subway train with some decent colorful graffiti and the voice over spoke the word, “poverty” as if to indicate that people living in poverty are more likely to create graffiti and vandalize. I consider myself somewhat more than a novice of the history of graffiti in America and know that graffiti writers are college graduates, business owners, high school drop outs, rich, poor, classy, scuzzy, and from all walks of life. I once met the aunt of a world famous graffiti writer and sticker artist whose daytime job is working on Wall Street (not as a janitor!).
It’s kind of a really crappy thing that an entire generation has based its identity on being perpetually offended, upset, feeling oppressed, and in love with searching for new reasons to claim that their feelings were hurt.