Pakistani truck artist paints mural in honour of George Floyd
A Pakistani truck artist, Haider Ali, has painted a mural of George Floyd.
George, an innocent black man, unjustly murdered in Minneapolis in late May triggered violent demonstrations all over America that have since gone global, with many nations rallying in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In traditional Pakistani type, Haider decided to show his solidarity with the slain man, dedicating a whole wall to him in a mural in truck art style that features a special saying.
Hum kaaley hain tou kia hua, dil waley hain (So what if we’re dark-skinned? We’ve got big hearts),” reads the mural. It also features another saying that goes, “Goron ki na kaalon ki, Dunya dil walon ki’ (This world belongs neither to whites or blacks, only for those with big hearts).”
Three other words on Haider’s mural stand out: ‘Adal, Insaaf, Barabari’ translate to Justice and Equality, respectively.
The starry night background symbolizes the importance of the color black itself, according to Haider. The black of the night helps us to see the star and every artist is conscious of the universe’s all-around value of darkness.
Haider’s mural is not only a tribute to the legacy of George Floyd, but also a commitment to all those people across the globe who are battling racism and injustice.
This also includes, for Haider, the religious minorities (Muslims) in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Palestine and Myanmar who are regularly subjected to religious cruelty and are tortured and killed.