Thursday, December 25, 2008


"Sooner or later, black, Iraqi, Mexican, Indigenous, and Palestinian children will emerge from dank hotel rooms, sweatshops, bunkers, and colonial prions. They will link arms and compose the following letter:

'Dear Concerned Liberals: We are humans who do not want to be props in ungenerous moral formulations. We are margin-dwellers. We are the dispossessed. We are your familiar strangers. We carry silent histories on our shoulders. We have tons of behalfs that you would like to speak on. We are entrapped in gruesome oxymora. We eagerly await the day when the powerless cease to be indispensably expendable.'" (Steven Salaita, The Uncultured Wars: Arabs, Muslims and the Poverty of Liberal Thought, Zed Books, 2008)