Saturday, March 31, 2012

Brave New World

In my last post, I suggested that the rhetoric of our discourse had become more revolutionary, and I was excited to see in which way this trend might continue. It was with this in mind that I attended last night's event at the Hub. This last part of the Fanon series was advertised as a discussion about "Revolutionary Cultural Practices and Engagements."

However, either our revolution was shortlived, or the cultural workers of the Bahamian intellectual elite have not yet caught on to it. It was this sector where I would have expected the most radical challenges to the status quo being posed. I was wrong.

What I heard were polite suggestions for progress by tame reformists, willing to accept the cultural leadership of a Minister of Culture, rather than demanding the abolition of such a pretentious title. "How can government help artists," was a regular mantra.

Sadly, as a nation we've been so brainwashed that even the art scene needs some brain-un-washing. The other regular theme of last night's discussion was, "Bahamian culture is more than just Junkanoo," to be followed by discussing Junkanoo, Junkanoo, and Junkanoo.

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