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Email from a Mississauga graffiti artist: “youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it.”

May 30th, 2010  

Morally beyond redemption. That’s what almost four years of research into Ontario Municipal governance has forced me to conclude.

Morally beyond redemption.

Today I wanted to know how many times I used “morally beyond redemption” and especially when I first coined that phrase. So I GOOGLEd, “morally beyond redemption” together with “MISSISSAUGAWATCH”.

It appears that I may have first reached my “morally beyond redemption” conclusion about a year ago and it first appeared in a comment I wrote to “fthrcast” on YouTube.

I sometimes surprise myself. In this phrase’s debut, not only did I use full capital “MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION”, I correctly identified why Ontario municipalities are morally beyond redemption with impunity —”the Ontario government LOOKS THE OTHER FRIKKIN’ WAY”. (What a perceptive first dash out the starting gate for me on that one! “MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION” —YouTube says “1 year ago”).

Other appearances include:

“morally beyond redemption. It can’t be fixed”, “Simply unfixable.  Morally-beyond redemption.” Stupid, dull me took to the age of 59 to figure that out. Ontario municipalities, the Province, THE SYSTEM is “morally beyond redemption. It can’t be fixed”.

On Thursday, May 20, 2010, I received an email from a young graffiti artist and we exchanged several messages thereafter. I asked permission to use his first email to me for today’s Blog because I felt what he had to say was too important to be kept just between two people.

One theme here at MISSISSAUGAWATCH is the observation that youth who need a voice the most are also the most-blocked from expressing their voice. That’s the irony and fraud of such initiatives as the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network and Safe City Mississauga —youth don’t have a legitimate say any more than I do.

And Pastor Andrew King simply nailed the reason at Brampton’s November 2008 “Peace to Our Streets” meeting.

On all the panels I sit on? First question’s asked is “Where are the young people? We’re talking about them but they’re not with us.” Young people are very frustrated because there’s a lot of panels. Oh, there’s reports that are written about how much money we’re going to spend! And they’re very frustrated with the system right now.

With that introduction, here are the words of a Mississauga graffiti artist —a youth, called “Anonymous”.  Information that could potentially identify him has been removed. I’ve also cleaned up the few typos he had. We begin.

Hey,

Just checked out your website and appreciate the work you are doing. I really appreciate the graffiti you are documenting being a graffiti artist/writer in Mississauga and would like to share a few words with you.

Graffiti art is not recognized and acknowledged in Mississauga I have been writing since I fell in love with it the first time I ever heard Hip Hop, and hip hop would not be around if it weren’t for Graffiti , I was in Grade 4 when I started scribbling in my notebook my graffiti in the beginning was pretty bad but I never stopped and kept on drawing. I then discovered a whole new world outside of my notebook and black book.

Before moving to Mississauga in Grade 6, in Toronto the streets are filled with tags, throw ups, pieces, burners, murals, even little messages to the police and the government. I didn’t start my graffiti on the streets till just last year, working on my spray techniques and other things, I am only interested in pieces big colorful huge pieces that pop out and attract people’s attention.

Now I do not consider this vandalism as I am an artist simply coloring the streets with a message —a message that can only be seen through graffiti.

…the system is CORRUPT and this is why there is youth violence this is why there are guns on the street and drugs in the hands of children the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it because the people higher up are sitting nice in their big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing so they get nothing, and after they realize how hard they have to work to get by they break down and no longer want to live life being part of the system because they realize that living life by the rules of the system gets you no where because it is CORRUPT!

Young people today sure are a lot smarter than I was their age!

Notice his “the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it”.  That Truth took me three years of intensive observation/research, a couple thousand in Freedom of Information and 59 years of being alive before I coughed up “ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES ARE MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION. (And so is Ontario)” as a YouTube comment.

This video is for the “Anonymous” graffiti artist who’s the subject of this Blog. Just to show him Why he’s right.

To introduce him to (in his words) “the people higher up… sitting nice in their big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing so they get nothing.”

Politicians’ Game of PRETEND.

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: WARNING! HIGHLY OFFENSIVE MATERIAL (but not as offensive as the politicians) (3:55 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Last, it was exactly one year ago today that I visited the City of Hamilton for the first time to conduct my first graffiti survey there. I’ll be returning today to document my May 30, 2009 Hamilton Graffiti sites and how they look One Year Later.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI, CITY OF HAMILTON PARK, FIRST DOCUMENTATION (May 30, 2009) and comparative May 30, 2010

GRAFFITI near park. City of Hamilton, May 30, 2009 and again May 30, 2010 (comparative)

GRAFFITI (portion of graffiti wall), CITY OF HAMILTON PARK, FIRST DOCUMENTATION (May 30, 2009) and comparative May 30, 2010

Portion of GRAFFITI WALL near park. City of Hamilton, May 30, 2009 and again May 30, 2010 (comparative)

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