|Luis Jiménez, El Buen Pastor (1999)|
This image seized my attention even before I moved to California.
I saw it in the "Fires Will Burn" exhibition at DePaul University in Chicago.
It jolted me into thinking, "What is happening in the rest of the Americas is not as far away as we like to pretend."
Now that I live in California -- and need only look out my back window to see palms like the ones in the picture -- the truth of that insight is only more obvious.
El Buen Pastor by Luis Jiménez depicts Ezekiel Hernandez -- a shepherd who was shot by U.S. marines in the area around the US-Mexico border as he was tending his sheep. The artist has said, "having [marines] patrolling the border in the 'war on drugs' is 'an accident waiting to happen.'" (See "Courting Dialogue, Not Controversy")
" . . . not as far away as we like to pretend . . . . "
Food for thought as we enter Holy Week 2016.
Palestine 30 CE - were Jews a "community of color?" And what was Empire doing to keep the community within "normal" or "right" or "acceptable" bounds? And what happened to people who looked like the "wrong" type?
(See Was the Crucifixion a "signature strike"?)
We will only deal successfully with the crimes being committed using drones when we understand them as part of the much larger war against communities of color . . . .
(See Drone Gaze, Drone Injury: The War on Communities of Color )
"You may not understand every word, you may feel uncomfortable, you may have to spend time later trying to figure it out or to humble yourself now and ask for help; you may have to work at it. But in the long run . . . a Spanish speaker is what you are . . . because that's the community you're a part of!"
(See Don't speak Spanish? "Sure you do . . . .")
It will take me multiple posts to spell out everything that I feel needs to be said about the Ayotzinapa 43. People in the US need to work to change their own attitude about Mexico, and about the culpability or all of us here in the US in the wrongs that are being done down there. The Ayotzinapa 43 were persecuted for saying "the future can be different." It's time for us to take up their cry.
(See Ayotzinapa43: US People Need an Attitude Adjustment )
In a composition suggestive of a yin-yang symbol, a woman in a burka (but wearing audacious red glitter platform heels) is surrounded by genie-ish tableaus of the many male obsessions/pastimes that some of us rail about frequently -- sexualized pop singers, professional sports -- as well as some that we probably should rail about more (such as patriarchy in religion and political violence).
(See VIOLENCE: " . . . and the women must live with the consequences . . . " )