Resisting Oppressive Spaces within Paradigms
Chapter 6: Part One: West Town: An Inquiry into Space
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West Town: An Inquiry into Space
The thump of metal at our feet, I in my dad’s old Scoutmaster boots, unlaced, and Plato in flats of leather tied with rope, and then Plato and I brace for better footing, as we slingshot through floating cables and then shattered white, some long lost firework maybe, and the spacecraft in a float and all blue and cold.
I was then a suburban kid, with a recent BA in English, living a gap year between BA graduation and MA study, and working as a part-time researcher at a law firm and a substitute high school teacher in the Chicago public school system. Perhaps as resistance to my own “transparent forms of ‘whiteness’” said to “reinforce the existing racial understandings and racial order of society” (Doane, 2013, p. 11), I fancied myself haunted by second-generation Irish-Catholic guilt, which apparently had manifested in an identification with Malcolm X, his back turned to the “silhouettes in the dark park” (Neal, 1969, p. 34). This in turn had partly brought me, on this cold winter night, to the silver fence-link tunnel going along the side wall and leading to the door of the dance-cantina Juárez Azul in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. My winter breath these chunks of white stone in the dark; and an accordion not far off, from inside but as if outside, first a treble and...
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