Chris Hedges: The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

Chris Hedges: The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

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Dandelion Salad

A note to Dandelion Salad readers: I updated Henry Wallace + Undoing the New Deal with Part 8 of the series.

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 4, 2018

Carl Anthony, Author of The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, discusses architecture as a form of oppression in the United States.

from the archives:

Who Was Lucy Parsons? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Howard Zinn: The Interpretation of History (1997; must-see)

Chris Hedges and Eric Foner: Not Just the History That Those in Power Want Us to Remember

Abby Martin: From 1776 to Trump: White Mobs, Racist Heroes and Hidden History

Chris Hedges and Ajamu Baraka: It’s Been A Bipartisan Effort To Control the Populations of People of Color

Chris Hedges: The History of Oppression of African Americans

Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism (must-see)

Drawing the color line by Howard Zinn

5 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

  1. Pingback: Chris Hedges: Race and Class Inequality in Major Cities – Dandelion Salad

  2. A fine conversation.

    It is so easy to despair of the US, but then I tend to remind myself ~ hearing those very facts that are so disturbing and deeply distressing, leads us to consider the real possibilities that exist in this violent ‘settler’ society.

    The vast majority of human beings possess innate intelligence, only it gets crushed out of them. It is always a psychologically traumatized minority, conditioned by insecurity and deprived of natural relations, that perpetuate the cycles of vicious injustice; continually recycling the paradigm of punitive dominance, investing in demonic fear and abject loathing.

    Henry Miller’s great metaphor of the ‘air-conditioned nightmare’ resonates with awful truth. Sometimes narcissistic architecture is so omnipresent and oppressive it simply crowds out all sentient creativity, leaving us diminished and starved of self-respect.

    There is so much negativity consuming our attention presently, it is hard to escape a foreboding sense of ominous suffocation. We must call the bluff of these diabolic powers, vain-glorious impostors that would steal our light and eclipse our right to life and liberty..

    Thomas Berry coined an agreeable expression to describe his notion of a sacred universe; he calls it ‘a communion of subjects.’ It’s a sensible trope, and one that affirms most sane people’s intuition of a life of cosmic meaning and spiritual purpose. We all have a purpose to fulfill, however modest or apparently ‘ordinary.’ It should be enough just to be our best, best.

    Once we are prepared to be that, then we can try to be a little better.

      • Thanks Lo, you’re very kind; these are hugely troubling times, as though the world is fusing into a gigantic ‘now’ ~ where biological time has become like some sort of global pulse of urgent reconnection, and yet the fragility of this (extending) moment almost paralyses us in an oppressive psychosis of fear and paranoia, due to exceptionally grave threats ~ including the realization of almost certain sentient annihilation, due to our own species’ precocity and lack of prudent foresight..

        The nuclear risk may have been more terribly dire in the past, but presently is compounded by such increased knowledge of unprecedented consequences (like ocean acidification) & hugely amplified by those multiple inanities of profane power, accelerating environmental decline and encouraging predatory negligence.

        This is a time for profound multi-disciplinary counsels, to make colossal efforts toward convening better institutions of international governance ~ and exercising wiser restraint. We need to make a truly superhuman effort to realign our priorities in that respect; even if it can only be a modestly significant gesture in our own lives…so I have been feeling acutely aware of this exponential sense of urgency, & the need to conserve and focus (my own) creative energies with increased care and diligence.

        Sometimes the sheer weight of responsibility for a life lived simply but well, can seem almost too exceptional to be possible…if you know what I mean.

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