There’s no excuse for racism of any kind. It’s a disgusting human trait that’s utterly indefensible.
Yet since Brexit and Trump, there’s been an unprecedented rise in racist incidents. A considerable number of these have been based on people’s command of the English language. Considering we live in a multilingual world and that English-speakers are some of the most inept people on the planet when it comes to languages, this is not only stupid but hypocritical.
Nonetheless, stupidy and hypocrisy being commons traits amongst racists, it comes as no surprise to discover another genius goosestepper in Walthamstow, north London, has been vandalising the area by detail what predominant language should be spoken. Happily a local resident and artist, Chris Walker took action and beautifully reworked vandalism to reflect the beautifully diverse nature of his neighbourhood. See his work below
Speaking to indy100, about his small protest Chris said:
“I saw it via a tweet from Stella Creasy. My first response was ‘how vile’.
Whoever was responsible clearly has no idea where they are living, I was born in Walthamstow and have lived here on and off for 40 years, it has always been a vastly multicultural community and that’s what makes it so great.
I saw they’d left me quite a bit of space around their ‘artwork’ so I thought I’d fill in the blanks.I seem to have captured some spirit! Some people thought it was real though, so I’ve had a few grumbles from those who didn’t realise it was a photoshop job.
— Chris Walker (@doodlebank) November 28, 2018
I can’t please everyone, so I had a lot of requests for all the languages I’ve missed out!
Also, apologies for the misspelling of ‘Punjabi’, but you can blame the Waltham Forest website for that as it was a cut and paste from that site.”
If you’d like to thank Chris for his work, be sure to follow him on Twitter.