Pretentious Enlightenment In New Orleans Essay

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Smug faces, military uniforms, a strange marking, an open window and a shopping cart full of ill gotten goods; those are the objects that can be seen in the Banksy street art found on a damaged building in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On August 29th 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a category 3 storm, slammed into the Gulf Coast. In it’s wake, Katrina left a trail of destruction that killed over 1800 people and cost an estimated 108 billion dollars in damages, making it the most destructive natural disaster in US history. Right in the path of the most powerful part of the storm was the city of New Orleans. (Hurricane Katrina)
In the aftermath of the storm’s destruction, laughably bad response by state ...view middle of the document...

After Katrina, my family had nothing. Our house was on the water, and we lost everything. We needed help, and do you know who the first people to come to our aid were? The National Guard. Nothing makes a 10 year old boy happier and feel safer than having a bunch of Army Men roll up in a convoy of Humvees and hand out MRE’s and some cases of water to your family. My family fell so much in love with the National Guard, that my sister wound up marrying one of the Guardsmen that came from Arkansas.
So whenever I see this painting that accuses people that I highly respect of looting New Orleans, when there were never any reports or evidence of them doing so, it angers me. Honestly, when I look at this painting, I don't see some great artist’s thought provoking masterpiece. I see a spoiled rich European who hopes to inform the dull US population with the pretentious enlightenment of his art, and make a quick buck while doing it.
I understand that this is a work of art, and the interpretation of that piece of art is ultimately up to the individual, and most people may not be as hard on Banksy as I have been. However, my interpretation of this piece of art is that when Banksy made this artwork, he undoubtedly...

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