I always get a giddy thrill when something like this happens. Apparently, a famous street artist who goes by the name of COMBO, decided to paint a mural in a Parisian Muslim ghetto of the word “Coexist” with the letters C, X, and T, replaced with a Muslim half moon, Jewish star of David, and a Christian Cross respectively. Obviously, the point was to promote tolerance and peace between the different religious groups in France currently.
As noble a goal as that may be, he didn’t take into consideration the fact that not everyone is as tolerant as he would like. For his efforts, he was severely beaten by four Muslim men.
A French street artist was severely beaten by four Muslim men for refusing to remove a “Coexist” painting. The artist, who goes by Combo, was left with bruises and a dislocated shoulder,
The painting includes a self-portrait of Combo dressed in Arab garb and the word Coexist spelled with a cross, half moon, and six pointed star. Combo had painted the image on the east side of Paris near an immigrant Ghetto.
Combo was adamant that the beating has not swayed his left-wing ideology.
On Facebook he wrote “I am deliberately being vague about the description of these cowards and where it all happened. To me, it doesn’t matter where they come from, what color their skin is, what their religion or their political ideas are. In this context, all they represent is stupidity and ignorance.”
Combo has received international media coverage in the past for street art in Paris, Hong Kong and at the former site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster,
Reading the bolded part reveals a sad but obvious reality to me. In my last post I discussed how people are very attached to the beliefs they already hold and will do whatever it takes to justify those beliefs and discredit ideas that are counter to them. Reading this however, makes it clear to me that for some of these people, it is far worse than I ever suspected. This man was beaten severely by a group he was trying to promote tolerance towards simply for preaching his messages of tolerance. Yet it seems that no amount of reality can make lunatics like this reconsider their stupidity. There’s literally no hope of ever convincing people like this to think differently. His own daughter could go through a Rotherham like experience and he himself could be beheaded by ISIS, and in the last few seconds before his death, he’d still be preaching the joys of diversity.
Let this man serve as an example. Do you really want to be so brainwashed by your sense of smug superiority of being tolerant and understanding, that you’d be willing to go through this yourself? Personally, I’d think you were a fucking moron if you did.