Sartre spoke of
Intellectuals not being effective due to not being from the
‘class’ of people they claim to stand for; that to be effective we
need a new form of intellectual to emerge ‘from’ that class of
people they claim to represent. I place myself in that category,
having observed from the bottom of the pyramid: being politically
active grass roots since late 60’s; but the ‘they’ keep mowing it
down; being a single parent of 3, with absolutely no child
support, while living in low-income mixed-race neighborhoods in
all 4 corners of the country & the middle; & homeless a
few times. I am a child of faux-aristocracy on mother’s side;
& blue collar lower mid-class on father’s, which is preferable
as they always seem much more human to me. Most of my political
involvement has been ‘within the rabble’, not much organizing,
other than being on the site planning committee for 1990 National
Green Conference. I at times have appeared at marches, rallies,
progressive events, etc., in guise of Robin Hood.
A major part of my
studies thru reading have always been academic/scholarly,
generally not a common person’s cup of tea, plodding thru enormous
tomes full of big pretentious words, & ending with pages &
pages of references to other tomes; but now pages & pages of
‘W dot’ references to websites. I take artistic license, differing
from the norm; if there is one.
For 4 decades I
was, ‘essentially’, a visual artist, doing much subjective writing
relative to my art; & other extensive writing projects. Major
part of my creative endeavors has always been concerned with this
seemingly never ending plight of our world & its peoples. It
is not up to the ‘witness’ to ‘prove’ a crime has been committed.
The Witness testifies as to what has been observed.