Excerpted from “They Can Paint Over My Art, But Not My Voice”
Stephanie Ventura, Lehman College, 2013.
“Graffiti is a revolution. Graffiti is a movement, and it always has been. It’s a way for those of us who have been silenced to speak out. It is a way for people to leave their mark on this world, to be remembered for something beautiful. It’s a way to let the world know that we are still here. They can wash trains clean, they can arrest us, they can paint white 40 years worth of graffiti legacy…but they cannot and will not wash away our freedom of expression. They will not paint over our voices because we…are still here.”