I am not your enemy, your enemy is beside you. Your enemy steals and murders your children. Your enemy has nothing for you but chains and suffering, and commands. I do not bring you commands. I bring you a choice. And I bring your enemies what they deserve.”

I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Michiel Huisman

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I Don’t Stand A Ghost of a Chance With You - Michiel Huisman from Treme

“What’s Genocide? their high school principal told me I couldn’t teach poetry with profanity so I asked my students, “Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Holocaust.” in unison, their arms rose up like poisonous gas then straightened out like an SS infantry “Okay. Please put your hands down. Now raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Rwandan genocide.” blank stares mixed with curious ignorance a quivering hand out of the crowd half-way raised, like a lone survivor struggling to stand up in Kigali “Luz, are you sure about that?” “No.” “That’s what I thought.” “Carlos—what’s genocide?” they won’t let you hear the truth at school if that person says “fuck” can’t even talk about “fuck” even though a third of your senior class is pregnant. I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school how to use a condom that will save her life and that of the orphan she will be forced to give to the foster care system— “Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?” “Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.” while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home and you want me to censor my language “Carlos, what’s genocide?” your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers call themselves “World History” and don’t mention King Leopold or diamond mines call themselves “Politics in the Modern World” and don’t mention Apartheid “Carlos, what’s genocide?” you wonder why children hide in adult bodies lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses learn to fetishize the size of their asses and simultaneously hate their lips my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper from East Harlem still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley? schools were built in the shadows of ghosts filtered through incest and grinding teeth molded under veils of extravagant ritual “Carlos, what’s genocide?” “Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?” “My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.” …what’s genocide? they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boriqua” women injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B, now they just kill mothers with silent poison stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them …what’s genocide? Ridwan’s father hung himself in the box because he thought his son was ashamed of him …what’s genocide? Maureen’s mother gave her skin lightening cream the day before she started the 6th grade …what’s genocide? she carves straight lines into her beautiful brown thighs so she can remember what it feels like to heal …what’s genocide? …what’s genocide? “Carlos, what’s genocide?” “Luz, this… this right here… is genocide.””

"I think my character’s really aware of what’s going on in the world and I think she thinks that peace and love are flaws in everybody’s theory about how the world should work, and she’s very realistic, and she knows she can get an average job or she can try to fight something or try to change the world or she can try to fix the environment or she can fall in love and have kids, and what happens in the end I think its kind of… She’s fine here, it just works, and there’s no romance about anything. She’s free. She may be in a mental institution, she may be locked up but she’s the most free person I’ve ever played." - Angelina Jolie on Lisa Rowe

"I think my character’s really aware of what’s going on in the world and I think she thinks that peace and love are flaws in everybody’s theory about how the world should work, and she’s very realistic, and she knows she can get an average job or she can try to fight something or try to change the world or she can try to fix the environment or she can fall in love and have kids, and what happens in the end I think its kind of… She’s fine here, it just works, and there’s no romance about anything. She’s free. She may be in a mental institution, she may be locked up but she’s the most free person I’ve ever played." - Angelina Jolie on Lisa Rowe

See you in another life, brother

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Colours in The Fall: Energy, balance, enthusiasm, warmth, vibrant, expansive, flamboyant, demanding of attention.

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