The Middle Edges
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In a world of extremes, some of the best lessons are learned around the edges. In The Middle Edges, we explore those boundaries in society and culture between extremes, where things connect and disconnect, engage and repel.
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Cultural Genocide in America: Capitalistic Experts' Self-Egos
Woody Guthrie, a talented singer, songwriter and poet, was fearless in expression of his beliefs and spoke up to authority whenever he felt an injustice being committed. When Guthrie recorded "This Land is Your Land," his lyrics posed an important question: In a land of plenty made for all of us, why are people so hungry? Guthrie so disliked his New York landlord, Fred Trump (Donald Trump's father), that Guthrie wrote a song about Donald’s father, Fred, in the early 1950s because Guthrie thought that Trumps' father was one who stirred racial hate and implicit profits from it. Guthrie made it a point to include the lyrics about hungry, discounted people in “This Land is Your Land.” Our country, which is still admirable in so many ways, has had a long history of mistreating people in a way that comes across quiet and hidden, and repositioned in a way that makes it seem that we are “helping,” but helping is sometimes not the truth. And historically, this leads to one of our most mistreated groups, on their own continent, Native Americans. I like to think that when Woody Guthrie wrote his song, he was sensitive to the plight of Americans of all races, and was viewing the future of our nation from the middle edges, where the possibilities for positive change can still be seen though the thickening fog. Learn more at http://woodyguthriecenter.org Martin Luther King, Jr., United Nations Human Rights Council, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Fort Laramie Treaty, Buffalo Bill Cody, Sitting Bull, Christopher Columbus, Gretchen Goetz, Justin William Moyer, Washington Post, The New York Times, Will Kaufman, Thomas Kaplan, Ted Wells