Welcome to another edition of The Curtain Call. I had initially intended to review the movie Shine. This movie presents the plight of a Puerto Rican family that deals with the struggles of gentrification while deceit and tragedy attempt to rip them apart. I will instead speak upon events that have transpired in the last few weeks. This blog is meant as a forum for the arts. The events that occured recently, display a disturbing culture of privilege that has existed a situation that has existed from the beginning of the formation of this country.
Our country was formed on the basis that free white landowning men would be the voters of leadership of this country. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words have resounded in the papers, speeches and thoughts of countless Americans over the last 242 years. These words are so elegant and powerful when universally applied.
It is often stated that truth can be subjective in the correct circumstance. I refute that statement on the principle that truth is an unerring witness of time. Truth is a reflection of the natural order of the universe. What many consider “personal” truths are actually perspectives. The perspectives that a person has in childhood often are transformed and molded to fit their station in life as an adult.
The statement that I previously referenced from the Declaration of Independence is a universal truth. Now before I get some readers outraged that the the statement that all men are listed and not all women. The “men” listed refers to all mankind. I know this statements seems retrospectively hypocritical considering the status of all women and men of color when this state was immortalized. However the framers of the Declaration of Independence and by extension the constitution were enlightened men. They were also men and saw their faults and failings. They knew that the prejudices held by themselves and their contemporaries would not allow for the social equalization that the documents called upon. It was their hope that future generations would be able to truly embody the spirit of the true democracy they had fought and bled for.
Over the last 242 years that has been progress toward the goal of universal equality. The 13th, 14th, & 15th Amendments reflect that for African American men and the 19th Amendment reflect it for women. There has also been progression within local and federal laws for the equal treatment of all in matters of finance and civil liberties. Visionaries Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks embody spirits that while weather by violence and prejudice remained strong for the betterment of their cause. Stellar athletes Jackie Robinson & Roberto Clemente forged against a culture that would see them resigned to a backseat to History.
It is this spirit that recent events have attempted to quell. The Confirmation Hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh have been marred with accusations, speculations and mistrust. From the break of the accusation until his eventual confirmation, the American public has been watching intently. The only comparison that may be made of the preceding is to a 3 ring circus. The testimony provided by Dr. Ford offered a power testimony of a victim, often referred to as a victim of a political agenda by Judge Kavanaugh. The investigation completed by the FBI provide a more rounded overview of the situation but had the situation been polluted by the speculation and innuendos offered by both sides.
Time will be the measure on the actions of those involved. Truth is a very tricky mistress, the truth always comes. Usually, in the most inopportune time and situation. As we herald a new reign of conservative judicial control. The true power that the poor and working class has as a weapon over privilege and tyranny is the vote. Show your power and vote this November.
Next week, we will be presenting our monthly feature Candid in the City. This feature will have us taking a different part of the city and exploring the arts that live within that community. We will visit SoBRO.
As I leave you, I want to leave you with these words. Every thought ever thought is worth a listen, pick up a pen and make that decision.
Your Humble Servant,