Who in the world is Donald Trump?
The perspective of an artist in the city of Juarez, Mexico.
I keep hearing that word, revolution. In the news, they say it as if it were heresy. In the streets and on the networks, with abandon. But what is it exactly? We know the historical implications and association, however, rather than a political plot or a media scapegoat, perhaps the sensationalized ‘revolution’ is akin to a steady flow of water eroding the foundation of dogma and idiocentric social constructs. A revolution of perspective.
I met a man recently, though not via the traditional means of social interaction, but rather through the avenue of the globally integrated electronic interface service, Facebook. His name is Humberto Macias Martinez and he is an artist living in the border city of Juarez, Mexico. I wanted to get to know his perspective after seeing a very straight forward ‘tag’ on the Juarez side of the U.S/Mexico border wall. It reads,
“We are not illegals, we are international workers. Fuck Donald Trump y su pinche muro.”
Translation: “Fuck Donald Trump and his fucking wall.”
Given that I am from a median income middle class white family and have had the luxury to wander about exploiting my personal ideals as I saw fit, it seems natural to wax philosophical on the perspectives of a minority. Kidding, but regardless, we talked.
To be more specific, Humberto is a husband as well as a father and grew up in Zarafosa D.B. Juarez Chihuahua Mexico. He is a graffiti artist and muralist by profession and when asked what was the inspiration behind this particular ‘throw up’ on the border wall between Juarez and El Paso, he didn’t hesitate to offer his opinion.
“Donald Trump is a fascist person. The wall doesn’t mean anything because we will make tunnels.”
Literal implications aside, what is being provided here is a statement of perspective. As if to say, the wall is trivial and we will always be here. Which, as a matter of fact, Humberto said to the question of what message he would like to communicate through his work;
“Resistance, organization, resilience and community.”
We talked about what the wall represents to himself and his community and what living sin fronteras (without borders) looks like.
“The wall is a limit to walking through the earth. I would like to walk without being interrogated by anyone.”
It is obvious that throughout the planet there is a cacophony of perspectives pertaining to political policy and foreign relation, though what is typically considered by most is something of a conundrum given that those who weigh in on such issues have the luxury to form opinions outside of empirical evidence. It is easy to form ideas on what we are told, it is harder to seek an understanding of perspectives held by others who experience an entirely different set of conditions.
If we are talking in terms of protest or revolution, it need not be one of violent opposition and bias or media hype and political spin. It could be an openness to others realities and striking balance between perspectives. That is what Humberto is offering. A perspective of those on the ‘other side of the wall’. Sure there is a literal wall, but the ones in which artists and intellectuals alike are attempting to dismantle are the conceptualized ones drafted up in our minds. We defend and enforce these curated constructs as if they were as necessary as the air we breathe. But air is not biased, it is not justified and does not differentiate.
It is understood that we do not live in some utopian multiverse where the stars sprinkle magic peace dust on us. Though we do have the ability to evolve our conditions by conscious effort. I asked Humberto if he would like to see peaceful relations among everyone. He replied:
“More than peaceful relation. I would like to see a safe and fair planet to live on. A world without violence, a world without guns, a world without nuclear bombs, a world without discrimination, a world without borders!”
One day Humberto, one day.