“This artwork not only pays reverence to George Floyd but it pays a tribute to everyone fighting inequality and injustice”, said the Pakistani Truck Artist Haider Ali as he painted a mural of Floyd on the wall of his house in Karachi, Pakistan.
The portrait of George Floyd is painted in the traditional Pakistani truck art style. Alongside are slogans written depicting the popular truck poetry manner, “Goron ki na kaalon ki Dunya dil walon ki” and “Hum kalay hain tou kya huwa dil walay hain”.
The background of Haider Ali’s piece is the black night sky with starts twinkling on it.” Black is an essential color of the universe .It is due to the black color of the sky that we are able to see the stars. Every Artist in the world realizes the importance and beauty of the black color”, explained the truck artist beautifully. “ALLAH Almighty has made every human equal. The religion Islam too discourages all kinds of racism.” said Haider Ali.
Artists from all over the world including the Pakistani truck artist Haider Ali have paid homage to the black man who uttered his last words “ I can’t breathe “ under the knee of a white cop and died in that fatal arrest . His brutal killing by Police sparked nationwide protests and a widespread outcry against the racial inequality in the US.
Artwork comprising the pictures of George Floyd has become a paradigmatic symbol for protesters and an image of unification with the Black community across the world.
George Floyd is a powerful name to go down in the history as his death induced the #blacklivesmatter movement to protest against the racism and inequality in not only US but around the world.
“This act of barbarism makes me think of also the Muslims living in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Palestine and Myanmar and elsewhere, what they have to go through every day? They are subjected to injustice and cruelty on the basis of religious bias, tortured and killed. They are living their lives in fear every minute. I plead that the world must raise voice for them too. “concluded Haider Ali.