“School Begins” seeks to show us how the U.S. government apparently accepted “The White Man’s Burden” and decided to bring “civilization” to the new territories. We see how there is an African-American boy working in the classroom, a Native American student reading a book upside-down, and a Chinese boy attempting to come into the classroom but seemingly excluded. Even as the American ideal is being extended to some, it is simultaneously corrupted or denied to others. The territories acquired from the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) are also represented, as quiet, studious Anglo-Saxons rather than as Spaniards or Mestizos.
The American people, those of Anglo/European descent, at least, had to meet their supposed responsibilities as “properly civilized” people and extend civilization to those less fortunate. The depiction of the territories acquired from the Mexican Cession of 1848 as white is also indicative of an assimilationist attitude which continues today. Those who cannot assimilate in appearance or culture to the mainstream (White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants) are deemed as failures or undesirables, definitively identified and separated from the rest.
And this picture, also from the Jungle at Calais, is worth the thousand or more words:
The Old World Language Families infographic from Stand Still Stay Silent Comic shows the “roots” of our modern languages. Follow each language’s path from bush to roots and discover how closely languages are related to each other.
Language trees for the language lovers! I’ve gathered pretty much all the data for this from ethnologue.com, which is an awesome well of information about language families. And if anyone finds some important language missing let me know! (Naturally most tiny languages didn’t make it on the graph, aww. There’s literally hundreds of them in the Indo-European family alone and I could only fit so many on this page, so most sub-1 mil. speaker languages that don’t have official status somewhere got the cut.)
14 October. 2014
I’m a Finnish-Swedish lady, born in Sweden in 1990 and living in Finland during 1997-2013, and now I’m currently living in Sweden again for a little while. I got myself a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the university of industrial arts in Helsinki in 2013, and during my two final years of those studies I drew my first real webcomic, A Redtail’s dream, a 556 page tale built around some concepts of Finnish mythology. ~Minna Sundberg
Mario Jorge Bergoglio, a former papal candidate, found himself in the Holy See when during that time, on February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict gave up his papal position and opted instead for a centuries-first retirement package. On March 13 Mario was elected the new Pope Francis and almost immediately his homage to St. Francis of Assisi and his humility endeared him to millions. He won over the more liberal members of the church with his urgings to relieve poverty, thereby revealing his own position on the political left of the Church, —rather than decry homosexuality, premarital sex and abortion, along with much else, as did his predecessor, Pope Benedict, revealing his place on the Church’s political Right.