• David Carlson

942: On this day we acknowledge the newly appreciated cultural diversity of the Americas


Day 942: Friday, October 14, 2022

On this day we acknowledge the newly appreciated cultural diversity of the Americas


Yesterday October 13 we celebrated “Día de la Raza” or "Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity" in recognition of the mixed indigenous and European heritage of Mexico - the mestizo character of its population - and as an alternative to paying homage to the colonial conqueror Christopher Columbus.


On this day we acknowledge the rich cultural diversity of the Americas – and the acknowledgement of the enslavement and death of so many millions of Native peoples from what is now the United States and Canada all the way to the tip of Chile and Argentina. The colonizers - from Columbus, to Pizarro in Peru to the Pilgrims on North America came to find gold, glory and land no matter the cost to the Native Peoples whom they refused to recognize as humans. In this poem the poet imaginatively reverses that history. Read on.




El Poema de lo Reverso – A poem in which everything goes backward:

BY VICTOR HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ


In which everything goes backwards

in time and motion

Palm trees shrink back into the ground

Mangos become seeds

and reappear in the eyes of Indian

women


The years go back

cement becomes wood


Panama hats are seen upon skeletons

walking the plazas

Of once again wooden benches



The past starts to happen again

I see Columbus’s three boats

going backwards on the sea

Getting smaller



Crossing the Atlantic back to the

ports of Spain Cadiz Dos Palos Huelva

Where the sailors disembark

and go back to their towns

To their homes



They become adolescents again

become children infants

they re-enter the wombs of their mothers

till they become glances

Clutching a pound of bread

through a busy plaza

that becomes the taste

of the sound of church bells

in reverberation.


Announcement for TODAY from NETWORK Catholic Sisters Lobby


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