Unrelated Live Music Capitol of the World photo of the day: the alley behind the Continental Club, South Austin, February 2007.
This isn’t the kind of post that drives traffic to the blog since it’s not about blow jobs, but it is nevertheless of some relevance to the patriarchy-blaming community that Mayan QuichÃ© leftist/feminist/Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta MenchÃº is running for president in Guatemala.
You all read A Wrinkle in Time when you were kids. It was pretty godbaggy with all that “Let them give glory unto the Lord” crap on Uriel, and the Bible-quoting Aunt Beast, and the holy trinity aspects of the three Mrs Ws, but you gave that part a pass at the time because the Tesseract was so cool and the hero was actually a girl (although she naturally got saddled with a male bodyguard/love interest).
Anyway, remember the part where Mrs Who is telling Meg about Famous Fighters of the Black Thing Through the Ages? And she rattles off the names of a bunch of famous dudes, Einstein and Mozart and Jesus and so forth? Well, if Madeleine L’Engle had written her book some 20 years later, and if it had occurred to her to maybe put some goddam women on that list, Rigoberta MenchÃº would not have been a bad choice. Surviving right-wing massacres that included the murders of her parents and brother, she has been actively insurgenting for indigenous Mayans against overwhelming racist military oppression since the 70s, and won the Anti-Black-Thing Prize in 1992.
I probably don’t need to mention that in Guatemala, as in every country in the known universe, power is held by a rich, corrupt elite with drug connections and other nefarious features, and the lives of the oppressed aren’t worth a fig. A civil war which lasted over 30 years and included the genocide of over 200,000 citizens (mostly indigenous Mayans) was precipitated by — surprise — an American-engineered coup.
If MenchÃº were to prevail in the September election — an apparent long shot, since she represents a fledgling party (called Winaq, a word that seems to mean, depending on who you ask, “humanity,” “balance,” “integrity” or “Cool Whip”) with no electoral experience, and since anti-Mayan racism remains abundant, and since her insurgent past will make the good old boys queasy — she would be the first indigenous president of Guatemala.
It goes without saying that she’d be the first woman to hold that office. So far reports in English have failed to speculate on whether she exhibits too much unladylike “ambition,” and we still don’t know who designs her clothes.