Nina Simone said that to be an artist is to be relevant to the times. Here’s my letter to President Obama and a message from my heart for anyone who’d like to hear it. <3
I am so disappointed in you President Obama…
I burn with sadness, anger and heartbreak all at once. How could you dismiss the incalculable inequity Gaza is facing and say Israel has a right to defend itself?
Gaza’s population is 50% under the age of 16 trapped in the world’s largest open air prison and these children are suffocating and dying behind its walls. How can you compare Israel’s attacks as defense or even talk about this as they are two equal sides fighting each other?
Gaza is bombarded Mr. President, and your government is funding this terrible apartheid by continuously sending military aid to Israel that continues to map the destruction of my Palestinian brothers and sisters. How could you applaud the work of the great Nelson Mandela in his work for South Africa when you are supporting an apartheid far worse? We have enough problems with our prison system here in the US while schools are closing and Black and Brown children are being funneled and pushed into jail.
I am a singer but am finding it hard to sing with so much burning everywhere, and I am still trying to create art but sometimes all there is is ashes and ashes and heartbreak and tears and it is not just about you way out there in the White House making policy, but it is also the culture in our country of a deep social conditioning trickling down to everyday personal encounters that makes us harden our hearts even with each other when another’s difference starts to illuminate a difficult truth that differs from our ego beliefs keeping us alive.
There is so much trauma in this country carrying the voices of ghosts of slavery and annihilation and rape and torture and yet somehow we are supposed to be the land of the free yet we are paying for the death of others right now and I mean right now as the smoke rises from destroyed homes in Gaza all in the name of defense?
I don’t know where to go from here Mr. President. I know the heart of this country is hardened by fear and hatred, it was built on the backs of others. It is reflected in our institutions and trickles down to the mundane parts of our lives. These systems teach that freedom is power over others and that freedom is hierarchy and that freedom is something that is sold, bought and taken. We the people, can’t blame anyone for our own hardened hearts and we remember that by organizing and refusing to go along with these systems that you are now the ambassador of. There are many of us healing and staying open enough to feel all this pain and see this sorrow and healing the best we can and we won’t give our power away, but we can’t feel it and change it all on our own, we need more numbers of open-hearted warriors to actually save lives and face this unlogical logic and melt this whole crazy upside down kingdom where wrong is seen as right.
Mr. President, don’t be another one who ignores the horror of what’s happening and disguises it with flowery words like “conflict” and “peace resolution” and “truces.” Those words are dead. The meanings are gone, along with every sweet soul who is on the other side of life asking us to be their voices while we are still alive.
an artist trying her best,