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Self-induced Graffiti

September 16, 2008

I once pledged that I would never deface my own property by putting a bumper sticker on my car. It was a pet peeve of mine. I couldn’t understand how anyone could graffiti their own car just for the sake of a cheap laugh or political statement. Well, I am now breaking my pledge and am putting an Obama sticker on both of the cars I own. I never thought I would see the day.

I grew up as an American in Guatemala. There, graffiti was the medium of choice for political campaigns. Pro and anti candidate slogans were spray painted on boulders, walls, cars, or any surface with high visibility. That was their version of our ubiquitous bumper-sticker.

I have yet to see any McCain graffiti. I guess the graffiti is reserved for the elitist Obama supporters.

I have yet to see any McCain graffiti. I guess the graffiti is reserved for the elitist Obama supporters.

In NYC, I have recently seen “Obama” written in dusty construction site windows, and boarded up areas filled with other posted bills (including “Post No Bills” notices). I haven’t seen anything of the kind for McCain. To me that speaks volumes about the sector that is fired up this political season, namely the working class.

Pro-Obama graffiti outside a building in the East Village, NYC.

Today’s political climate is so thick that it is nearly impossible to go through a full day without overhearing at least one conversation about the presidential race. NYC appears to be overwhelmingly behind Obama, yet everyone is acting with a sense of urgency. There’s not much more anyone can do here, so we resort to graffitiing our cars.

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