[Marxism] Alice Walker on Che

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Oct 14 07:42:40 MDT 2007

Cuba-L Analysis 

Alice Walker on Che
by Alice Walker

Going to visit Che in his final resting place in Santa Clara was an
incredibly moving experience for me. Like so much of what the Cubans
do to honor those they love, his mausoleum is beautiful. The plants
were healthy, the fire glowing. I wept to see the spaces left empty
for those whose bodies had not yet been found; those others who
believed the poor of the world must rise, as Che believed.

In the guestbook I wrote the feeling that came to me most powerfully:
that Che is the new "Christ." The enlightened Being whose ears could
never close to the cries of those who suffer. Those who are
impoverished, those who are denied education, health care, food,

I felt very strongly the radiance of his sacrifice, his sense of duty
to the human race, his moral dignity. But above all, as with any
"Buddha" or "boddhisatva" or any "Christ" I felt his magic.

He is someone we will never truly fathom because his enlightenment
re: the suffering of others, and his dedication to ending that
suffering, will always seem mysterious to us, who on most days cannot
even imagine the equanimity of his inner freedom.


Alice Walker, 1983 Pulitzer winner for her moving novel The Color
Purple, is an American author, feminist, and world citizen-activist
on behalf of social and political justice.

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