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What Art Does

What Art Does

You know the song Buffalo Soldier, by Bob Marley and the Wailers? 

"There was a Buffalo Soldier
In the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival"

It's a true and terrible story. 

Yet we dance to it, singing along in joy. 

Art did that. Turned a nauseatingly horrific truth and created beauty out of it. Maybe because it's the only way to digest such pain?

Humans NEED art. We need it as a way to process all of the beauty and the atrocities that come with being human. 

We need it as a tool to share emotions with the world, to share knowledge, and to share truth. Also to bring joy, feeling and life.

I was struck to the core the other night when I heard Buffalo Soldier performed live by The Wailers. It's been haunting me ever since. 

"Stolen from Africa... Fighting for survival"

Feel that today. 

Juneteenth is a day that is celebrated because it marks the day that more than 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Texas were liberated.

Because 2 years AFTER the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, 250,000 African Americans were still unlawfully enslaved. It took a battalion of Union troops to enter Texas and announce that by executive decree, they were now free. 

(If you want a short article about this history, you can find one here.)

Notice the art around you every day. What is teaching you? What is it making you feel? 

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