Atmosphere – Kanye West

Posted on May 1, 2014

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  • john
    July 20, 2014 (7:18 pm)

    Looks like your ji-had “Kill a hipster” is getting some traction, you must be real proud.

    Police have launched an investigation in response to threatening graffiti targeting hipsters in San Francisco’s Mission District.

    The graffiti, which appeared on a wall Friday morning at 24th and Bryant streets, has since been painted over. The graffiti also warns hipsters they have six months to leave the area, and warns “if you don’t my soldiers will gladly come gunnin. Kill hipster yuppies.”

    The graffiti appeared around the corner from the Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, which Aaron Presbrey purchased recently with the goal of preserving it.

    • chinaka
      November 16, 2014 (6:51 am)

      Thank you for your comment, John. I appreciate your input.

      To be clear, I do not intend a “jihad” in the way your tone suggests, with the creation of this video. I am against truly violent action as a way of promoting social change. The song itself, the video, and the stunt gags we pull in the video are all about using art as a way of promoting conversation. If you’ll notice, every zombie we “kill” in the video is attacked with an implement of art. A record. A pencil. A drum stick. We fight the forces closing in on our neighborhoods with compassion, art and brutal honesty.

      I WOULD like to unpack the word “jihad” as you have used it here. In the wake of anti-Islamic rhetoric that has grown oh-so-popular in the last 13 years, I think the meaning and beauty of this word as I first learned it, has been corrupted. My learning on the word suggests that jihad is more about an internal “war” or struggle, an ongoing fight for the best parts of ourselves to conquer the lower parts of ourselves.

      I’m happy to hear that the mural made some traction and remained top of brain for you. I think this intervention, our video, and even our exchange, John, is most indicative of the beautiful concept of jihad. We are wrestling with large issues, as a community, seeking to beat back our lower, weaker selves and to embrace a community that is safe space for all who live there, not just the few of us who get to settle wherever our economic privilege allows.

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