|Statement from the Artist
Myrlie Evers-Williams recently wrote an essay on the continuing struggle of African-Americans in their quest for freedom. She states that, "it is not just an African-American struggle, because America cannot truly be free if one segment of her people is oppressed". The same could be said of every nation in the Americas. The struggle of Native Americans, African Americans, and others in the United States is not unlike the struggle of the indigenous of Mexico, Central America, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru against globalization, marginalization, homogenization, the squandering of national resources, and racism; or the struggle of female schoolchildren in Chile against the chauvinistic, patriarchal, authoritarian structure under which they are subject; or the struggle of the economically depraved youth in Argentina, attempting desperately to eke out a livelihood; or the struggle of Brazilians against corrupt police forces that provide favelas with weapons and corrupt bureaucrats who sell out everything and offer nothing. "The Other America" addresses this common struggle, and attempts to reclaim the hijacked term "America" from its current, exclusive context.
All of our African, Asian, European, and indigenous ancestors dreamed of the Americas in the context of freedom and liberation. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of this dream forty years ago; European colonialists dreamed it when they came to the Americas, then promptly hoarded it from the people who they encountered here, as well as from the people that they brought here and enslaved. "The Other America" attempts to take stock of this dream, to examine to what extent this dream has been realized, and to measure the magnitude of the inevitable struggle to come.