LET DISORDER RAMIFY: A Note for October 12, 2015
O.K. If it makes you happy, we can do it. We can spend a few moments remembering something on October 12, 2015 and then quickly return to business as usual. In Mexico, it is Dia de la Raza, a national holiday for remembering how the Taino and Arawak peoples discovered a lost sailor named Christopher and how his salvation was a sign of destruction. In the United States of America, it is Indigenous Peoples' Day. Should we celebrate or weep that warfare, disease, massacre, and uninvited assimilation have made millions of indigenous people quite literally invisible? In Canada, it is Thanksgiving and time to eat pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and Brussels sprouts. Why can't Canadians be normal and wait until November to give thanks? O.K. We have remembered. Let us return to football games and thirty-one days of Halloween and agonizing over what to buy for Christmas. And no, we don't need to remember that October 24, 2015 is United Nations Day. In Louisiana, that is Election Day. We have to cast ballots for a Governor and proposed constitutional amendments. Isn't it disgusting when people ask you to show a bit of intelligence about world affairs?
Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
October 6, 2015