An Excerpt from a Venezuelan
By Patrick Ferrari
I believe to accept “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing” (Malcolm X), is to accept the reverse – at the same time. It depends on the newspapers, surely. And a predisposition.
Below is an excerpt (exact: cut and paste) from an article, by Carlos Hernández, on the op-ed page in The New York Times. The piece is entitled, “On a Date While Venezuela Burns.” It appeared on August 4, 2017 and the excerpt is the final paragraph. You might want to read the whole article, but be careful who you want to hate and who you want to love.
“Last Sunday, the vote for the constituent assembly was held. It was a horrible day, the worst, I think, since the protests started in March. Between 10 and 16 deaths, and many other casualties, were reported throughout the country. I found out about them mostly through WhatsApp, listening to voice messages left by frightened people, with the sounds of detonations in the background. That day, several people were shot and wounded in Ciudad Guayana, my city, the quiet city.
Carlos Hernández, an economist, is a contributor to Caracas Chronicles. This essay was translated by Sonia Berah from the Spanish.”
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