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PostConfederate Monuments...and Slavery Today (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 08/21/17 4:19 am)
There were very good points in the post of Francisco Ramírez, 20 August. I therefore assume that if Francisco were living in 1935 he would have enrolled in the Italian Army, singing "Faccetta Nera sarai liberata" and fighting to abolish slavery in Ethiopia.
According to the Australian Walk Free Foundation, in the world there are still 45.8 million slaves, mostly around the Arabian Gulf, India, China, Pakistan, Africa, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand. In 2005 the US State Department stated that Saudi Arabia is the third nation in the world for the traffic of human beings, to which we should add that there is no freedom of politics or religion.
If I am not wrong, many of the above nations/area are very good friends of the US with the presence of American military bases. Pushing the US government to stop any collaboration with said nations/areas should be more urgent than removing monuments.
On the other side of the world, Poland has removed over 2000 communist-era monuments, and Ukraine has torn down 2389 (1320 of Lenin).
It would be far better to leave these monuments in place to serve as reminders of the past with a placard explaining the facts instead of vandalism and destruction.
Art representations and books should never ever be destroyed.
JE comments: "Little Black Face, you shall be liberated": Note the phonetic similarity of "Faccetta" and "Fascism," as well as the black face/black shirt parallel. Check out the English lyrics, below. They speak of freedom, yet in a way that really makes you wince:
Eugenio, are you really saying that Mussolini invaded Ethiopia to abolish slavery? Conquest is undeniably another theme of the song: "We'll give you a new law and a new King."
"Faccetta Nera": Italians in Ethiopia
(Carmen Negrin, France
08/22/17 9:28 AM)
Regarding the lyrics of the Italian war song "Faccetta Nera" (Eugenio Battaglia, 21 August), it seems quite cynical to pretend to liberate a fraction of slaves while enslaving the totality of a population.
This was the not very advanced philosophy of conquest and colonies: We are a superior race, we will teach you what you need to know and, en passant, we will use your goods.
JE comments: Carmen Negrín has identified the essence of paternalism and the White Man's Burden.