The Americanization of Elián

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at
Fri Jan 28 13:29:23 MST 2000

Louis Proyect <lnp3 at> said:

> NY Times, 1/28/00:
> For the grandmothers, too, the meeting was unsettling in another way.
> returning to Washington to lobby for custody of the boy, they said
they had
> barely recognized him.
> "He's changed completely," said Mariela Quintana, mother of Elián's
> Elizabet Broton González, told reporters.
> In the fashion of teenagers, Elián showed up at the meeting on
> wearing a gold chain. He has been taught to wear baseball caps,
> and to use beepers and cell phones. He plays Nintendo games and
> video movies.

I have grown up inside of this generation, and it has been one of the
greatest contributors to my politicization. The way that kids are
socialised in the "free continent" north of Mexico is enough to tirn
anyones stomach. This kind of socialisation goes beyond the outer
aspects of what these repulsive Miami vultures are dressing Elian. The
basic values that this boy had been taught up to now in Florida are
some of the most anti-human, alienating and twisted portions of the
human spirit, one where not only do you judge life by what you have,
can play with or can buy, but you learn how to think less of others who
do not have the chains, etc...

 What was a young boy of five living and playing in the streets of his
Cuban home will quickly become a six-year old whose goals in life are
to fill the vacuum of hopelessness for humanity by buying all the crap,
learning how to insult your best friend as a matter of "fun", how to
fight for "his" woman, how to kill or be killed on a walk home from
school, how to distrust people rather than trust as a first instinct,
how to harden the heart and recite crap about history with no personal
connection to the self. What could be a real human life is itself being
commodified, far beyond this vicious tug-of-war that is enough to
traumatize this child far more than even the inner tube could have.

The real fight for Elian will begin after he returns home, a fight for
his spirit if you will, a fight for his right to humanity.

Macdonald Stainsby

check the "ten point platform" of Tao at:

"`Order rules in Berlin.' You stupid lackeys! Your
`order' is built on sand. Tomorrow the revolution will rear
ahead once more and announce to your horror amid the brass
of trumpets: `I was, I am, I always will be!'"

-Rosa Luxemburg, 1918.

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