In a smackdown of leftist “wokeness,” the Taliban was set to remove a reverential mural of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody last year and has emerged as the face of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The radical Islamic group is replacing left-wing iconography on the streets of Kabul with paintings of its own flag and slogans touting its “victory” over the United States.
It was unclear Friday morning whether that Floyd mural had been painted over.
The Daily Mail reported Wednesday that the artwork “has not been covered up yet, though it is perhaps only a matter of time.”
An unverified tweet Friday morning appeared to show parts of the mural covered with white paint.
I have confirmed the george floyd mural has been painted over: pic.twitter.com/33GYll0IW8
— bibi janey (@janeygak) September 10, 2021
The Guardian reported that those already painted over included a mural honoring a murdered Japanese aid worker and another commemorating the 2020 peace agreement the U.S. had arranged between the Taliban and the now-ousted Afghan government.
Omaid Sharifi, the co-founder of the art group that painted the social justice murals, isn’t surprised the Taliban are marking their territory in this aggressive manner.
“Taliban was and is an armed movement that only understands guns, violence, beating, beheading, suicide vests and bombs,” he told The Guardian.
“There is no vocabulary about art in the Taliban’s dictionary. They even cannot imagine art. I think they don’t understand it, that’s why they are destroying it.”
And it begun. The Taliban have started painting over our murals. They started with the historic one that marked the signing of #DohaDeal. #BaradarKhalilzadMural is no more. Instead, the black and white message says don’t trust the enemy’s propaganda, quoting Mullah Haibatullah. pic.twitter.com/Pls4McUQkj
— Omaid H. Sharifi-امید حفیظه شریفی (@OmaidSharifi) September 3, 2021
Entrance to the (former?) US embassy in Kabul today
Murals freshly painted over with a giant Taliban flag pic.twitter.com/ASE4I0zvoG
— Emma Graham-Harrison (@_EmmaGH) September 6, 2021
Sharifi said he believes the Taliban is vandalizing his group’s artwork to silence the pro-democracy messages he claims they represent.
“These murals not only belong to me or the Artlords, they belong to the people of Afghanistan because for each of them we invited 50 to 200 people to paint them,” he said.
“These are about the wishes, demands and the asks of Afghan people. It was their voice on these walls. These murals were against corruption and were pushing for transparency.”
Interestingly, Black Lives Matter said nothing about the Taliban’s move to destroy the Floyd mural. This is noteworthy because the race-hustling organization complains about nearly everything else.
Imagine if a European government had removed a Floyd mural. BLM, Democrats and their media cronies would undoubtedly screech nonstop about this supposed “white supremacist oppression.”
But since the Taliban did it, the American left is apparently cowering in silence.
Meanwhile, many conservatives were amused by the delicious irony of BLM graffiti being defaced by the Taliban.
Let’s send all the summer rioters over to “peacefully protest”.
— Reynard (@Reynard05171731) September 9, 2021
Even a stopped clock is right twice per day.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) September 8, 2021
Maybe that will get the Dems to condemn the Taliban!
— dennis emil vourderi (@greek427) September 8, 2021
That said, the left doesn’t really have a right to complain about art destruction because they’ve been doing it across the United States for the past five years.
Last night, rioters in Portland defaced and toppled a statue of our nation’s first president, George Washington.
Leftists are attempting to erase history in an Orwellian purge, and they must be held accountable. pic.twitter.com/kYM5YidBYl
— YAF (@yaf) June 19, 2020
— Spencer Compton (@spencercompton) July 5, 2020
This week, a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed in Richmond, Virginia, pursuant to an order from the state’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam.
Onlookers chanted “Black Lives Matter!” during the removal, according to ABC News.
BREAKING: More than a year after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the state’s capital, the 12-ton, six-story monument has come down. Onlookers chanted “Black Lives Matter” during the removal. https://t.co/3n5Bkz8KTo pic.twitter.com/tziPPjTs3G
— ABC News (@ABC) September 8, 2021
There will undoubtedly be more left-wing vandalism in the near future. After all, Columbus Day is next month.