Check out the British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey’s work, which I’ll be using for my Intro to American Government class. It’s like a graduate class on global politics set to music. The beautiful Children of Diaspora concludes with the heartbreaking words of Edward Said:
Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted. And while it is true that literature and history contain heroic, romantic, glorious, even triumphant episodes in an exile’s life, these are no more than efforts meant to overcome the crippling sorrow of estrangement. The achievements of exile are permanently undermined by the loss of something left behind for ever.
And don’t miss the devastating power of Lords of War on war profiteers, drone warfare, and the heavy human cost of innocent civilians that happen to come underfoot for the militaristic powers of the world.
And grieve through Ghosts of Grenfell.