Writer Tommy Orange makes this observation:
For people of color, or for people from marginalized communities—who have long since given up on being shocked or dismayed by the news, by what this or that administration will allow, what this or that police department will excuse, who will be exonerated, what this or that fellow American is willing to let be, either by contribution or complicity.
Orange, who is Cheyenne and Arapaho and non-Native, wrote these words recently in the New York Times Review of Books about a new novel, Friday Black, that Orange refers to as:
Powerful and important and strange and beautiful collection of stories meant to be read right now, at the end of this year, as we inch ever closer to what feels like an inevitable phenomenal catastrophe or some other kind of radical change, for better or for worse.
I am not surprised that Orange, who describes himself as an urban Indian, would write that people of color have “given up on being shocked” by the news.
Today’s news reads like a tale invented by Ray Bradbury or George Orwell, where books are burned, and lies are masked as truth.
Fiction has become reality, where a para-military force we endorse with our tax dollars removes children from their parents.
We live in a nation where citizens are refused a place to vote.
Sounds like science fiction. Continue reading