American Slaughterhouse

It is Fourth of July –Independence Day! Are ALL Americans Independent?

 

 

Eléctrica in the Desert

 

D E A T H   I N   D O D G E   C I T Y  

CHARGE: WALKING WHILE LATINO / CLAIRE O"BRIEN  2010 CHARGE: WALKING WHILE LATINO / CLAIRE O”BRIEN 2010

A gunshot from the river bed.

A Mexican. A white man: dead.

Let some wetbacks out of jail

another herds’ arrived by rail.
 
Hey, Panama!  El Salvador!
Get those cattle in the door.
That’s what God has made you for.
 
Cattle prods make young steers do
anything you want them to.
 
We’ve got other prods for you.

SAMUEL BONILLA, FRAMED FOR MURDER, 2010, DODGE CITY KANSAS SAMUEL BONILLA, FRAMED FOR MURDER, 2010, DODGE CITY KANSAS

 
Shoot a spike through each steer’s head:
They’re still alive, but dream they’re dead.
 
You’re dreamers too – each one of you.
That’s the way you make it through.
You have to make your dreams come true –
they’re people. They depend on you:
one life exchanged for twenty-two.
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Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen https://failuretolisten.wordpress.com/ uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

2 thoughts on “American Slaughterhouse”

    1. Hi Claire, This is a powerful post…when you regain your standing please change journalism so real news is covered.

      What amazes me is how compartmentalized our thinking became.

      Today, my son and I were out … saw a group setting up for a rally so I stopped to ask the cause. Was told about recent murders of Palestinian including children…., the group hoped to raise awareness….to tell their story about atrocities in the middle east.

      I could have said this is America we have our own problems, essentially minimize their cause, devalue their voices…instead I actively listened then replied I understood and wished them well.

      I did nothing but noted the smiles because I stopped and listened. As tumultous as life gets….I plan to make time for people in need of help…….because others helped me. Without their trust and confidence in me, I would not be here…some were absolute strangers who I never thanked.

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