"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." ~ Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace, Madiba. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Mandela fought against apartheid and white minority rule in South Africa for decades, spent twenty-seven years in prison for his work, and was eventually elected President in 1994. In 1993 he and F.W. de Klerk received the Nobel Peace Prize “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”.
As many slept through their Monday night, the legendary graffiti landmark 5 Pointz was poorly whitewashed. Many people out in Long Island woke up to see that the hall of fame had been erased, leaving the once iconic piece of the city in a state of complete misery. It was stripped of its glory in preparation for a pair of luxury high-rise buildings.
A place that once brought together people from all points of the world in celebration of one art movement is now a place to mourn the biggest scar on graffiti.