Banksy Puts Iconic Face On Syrian Refugee Crisis
Banksy’s latest work appears on a wall in a Calais, France, refugee camp and features Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Photographs of the work are featured on the graffiti artist’s website. One photo of Jobs, a computer in one hand and a sack over his shoulder, is captioned, “the son of a migrant from Syria.”
Another caption reads, “We’re not all in the same boat.”
The photos on his website show tents in front of the walls, other graffiti scrawled on walls near his work: “Nobody deserves to live this way.”
By 1976, Jobs had co-founded Apple Computer from his parents’ garage.
If Jobs’ father hadn’t been able to move to the U.S., the country may have ever been introduced to Apple, Banksy points out.
“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant,” Banksy reportedly said in apublic statement. “Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
This isn’t the first time Jobs has been associated with Syrian refugees.
In September, a Twitter user posted a photo of Jobs with the caption: “A Syrian migrants’ child.” The photo was shared by more than 15,500 people.
The tweet continued an ongoing debate as to whether the U.S. should accept more refugees.
Over the past four years, roughly 2,200 Syrian refugees have been allowed in the country — and President Barack Obama has outlined a goal of bringing 10,000 more Syrian refugees to the U.S. during the current budget year.
Some praise the Jobs comparison, while others point out its weakness.
“He was adopted so culturally had very little to do with Syria,” one person tweeted.
“A worthy visual commentary still. Power remains in the message,” another replied.