Back to the issues of genocide and George Lincoln Rockwell. The above illustration is from the motion graphic/animation Becoming Judas, poet Nicelle Davis, sound Karl Preusser, drawings and animation by me, Cheryl Gross.
Becoming Judas made it to just about every video poetry festival including The Zebra Poetry Film Festival 2012, Berlin, and traveled all over the world. The animation was inspired by Nicelle and then set to music by Karl. Our other endeavor, In The Circus Of You was just previewed at ReVersed Poetry Film Festival, Amsterdam.
Now back to the world’s woes: Yesterday was the anniversary of the genocide that happened in Rwanda. Supposedly it was the fastest genocide which only took 100 days. Obviously this was political between the tribes, the Hutus and the Tutsi.
Again I bring it all back to what I’ve been writing and illustrating about which is genocide and setting up a new order after so many have been damaged. The will to rise above and move on is very strong in human survival. Reading the wikipedia synopsis of the aftermath just adds fuel to the fire of eliminating genocide in its entirety. And if you want to read about colonialism (Walton Fords favorite topic):
The excuse as always is based on ethnicity, but as we know this is a falsehood. The war also helped contribute to the worlds AIDS population.
The pervasive use of war rape caused a spike in HIV infection, including babies born of rape to newly infected mothers; many households were headed by orphaned children or widows. The decimation of infrastructure and a severe depopulation of the country crippled the economy, challenging the nascent government to achieve rapid economic growth and stabilization.
So there you have it for today. My next book deals with the aftermath and the rebuilding of a society that was so severely tarnished by the idea of genocide. But remaining true to my craft, I induce humor. This allows for the irony to come to the top and makes it all a bit more palatable.