Lucy and Todd

Eduardo Galleano, on the conspiracy of indifference

In Stuff We Like, The Gloves Are Off : Thoughts on Literature on July 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

‘“…our militarism, machismo, racism all blinds us… There are so many ways of becoming blind. We are blind to small things and small people… My great fear is that we are all suffering from amnesia. I wrote to recover the memory of the human rainbow, which is in danger of being mutilated.”

By way of example he cites Robert Carter III – of whom I had not heard – who was the only one of the US’s founding fathers to free his slaves. “For having committed this unforgivable sin he was condemned to historical oblivion.”

Who, I ask, is responsible for this forgetfulness? “It’s not a person,” he explains. “It’s a system of power that is always deciding in the name of humanity who deserves to be remembered and who deserves to be forgotten… We are much more than we are told. We are much more beautiful.”‘

Eduardo Galleano talking to Gary Younge (‘My great fear is that we are all suffering from amnesia’, the Guardian, July 23, 1013)

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A Poem by Jade Bruno

(to Todd and Lucy)

If you’d be my friend,
I’d eat a cake
and kiss a snake,
burn a fox
paint a box,
break a house
kill a mouse,
hug you tight
then take on a fight
and smile without end
If you’d be my friend.

(copyright: Jade Bruno)

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