Michael Stewart will, along with
other ghosts, haunt the captives of
this citadel til they emerge as
citizens of a city. 1
In 1985 Michael Stewart, a teenage graffiti artist was beaten to death by the cops on a Manhattan subway platform. The cops said he was copping a tag and resisting arrest…. I was twelve years old when I saw this on TV. Back then I didn't really think of it as an attack on Hip Hop. But at twenty four years of age, I now know this: loud music, sheepskins, eightball jackets, door-knocker earrings, and suede Pumas seem to be consistent police evidence, even when they arrest white kids jockeying our shit. Do you recall what music they were playing at that party in Howard Beach back in'86? 2
With the help of journals which cater to upper middle class like the New York Times, they have
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Publication information: Book title: Taking the Train:How Graffiti Art Became an Urban Crisis in New York City. Contributors: Joe Austin - Author. Publisher: Columbia University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 267.
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