Three Men Facing North
Three men facing north stare across the invisible border, a river of indifference a million times wider and deeper than the Rio Grande. They have seen el norte's sterile families on sitcoms and watched relationships prosper and
deteriorate on soaps, the perfect world crumbling internally. They watch helplessly as corporate kings such as Coca Cola and McDonald's invade their landscape. And their feelings are mixed. They struggle against internal colonialism dragging them down
deeper into a misunderstood cultural abyss, their Third World plague. They stand by like understudies in an audition at the post-modern version of West Side Story. Bigots and racists call them illegal aliens, as if they were a subhuman species from
another planet. The politically correct address them as undocumented workers. To the north, in the land of the lotus eaters, wise men bear gifts of exploitation, death squads, and cultural violation.
"Three Men Facing North" artwork by Marcus Stanley Bausch, Jr.
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