Banksy's latest mural reminds the world that Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant
The graffiti artist's work appeared on a wall in the refugee camp named "The Jungle" in the French city of Calais.
Steve Jobs is probably the most son of a Syrian immigrant to the USA. Had Donald Trump been the President of the US back then, there might never have been an Apple Computer or a Pixar movie.
Street artist Banksy's latest work on a wall in a refugee camp in the French port city of Calais depicts Apple founder Steve Jobs – in his trademark black turtleneck and jeans – with an early model of the Macintosh and a sack slung over his shoulder. To the right of the mural is a message "Nobody deserves to live this way."
The refugee camp, named "The Jungle", is housed on the outskirts of Calais, in what earlier used to be a rubbish dump, as reported by The Independent. The camp currently houses some 7000 migrants from Syria and Afghanistan hoping to make a better life in Europe. Banksy has also been been donating left over material from his short-lived theme park Dismaland to this migrant camp. A photo gallery of "Dismal Aid" effort can be seen here.
The Independent reported a statement issued by Banksy that says, "We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant."
“Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion a year in taxes - and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs," it ends.
The mural has appeared on Banksy's website too with the message "Son of a migrant from Syria." The website carries images of other more recent murals too. One more of Banksy's take on a famous 19th century painting called the Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault shows a group of shipwrecked refugees waving at a passing luxury yacht is called "We're not all in the same boat."
For the sake of factual accuracy it must be acknowledged that Jobs wasn't raised by his biological parents and considered his adoptive parents his "real" ones. Born to Syrian Abdul Fattah Jandali and a German-Swiss Catholic Joanne Carol Schieble, he was put up for adoption "with the stipulation that the adoptive parents be Catholic and college educated", Macworld reported. Steve Jobs identified with his adoptive parents as his real ones. Of his real parents he said, "They were my sperm and egg bank. That’s not harsh, it’s just the way it was, a sperm bank thing, nothing more."