More from the Whistling Dixie series…
So why don’t I swim back home?
Because despite insults like this one…which was hurled at me by an ignorant racist in Miami Beach when I was still too intimidated to speak out against hate speech… I can read Hannah Arendt all I want and at the top of my voice without fear or persecution.
Here, I may have been insulted by more than one low-life, but I can breathe free here.
Not so back in Cuba.
Cuban artist Tania Bruguera was jailed by state security agents after staging a group reading of Hannah Arendtâ€™s The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) at her Havana home, where she’s been held in house arrest for months.
Carolina A. Miranda of The Los Angeles Timesâ€˜s reports that the concurrent Havana Biennial is up and running as usual…no boycotts. Why?
I have a theory. Because even though Bruguera’s an internationally recognized artist, she’s female, and not worth all that much. Oh and she’s hispanic too, so again, not as economically valuable. She’s just a spic-chic so yeah, art business as usual.
Some bigotries are more obvious than others. You know?