Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Americans who tell the truth, how refreshing!

Lily Yin by Robert Shetterly

Robert Shetterly has made visible the old saying, "If you cann't say something nice, doen't say anything at all.", in his series Americans Who Tell the Truth. Rather than rail against the modern habits of "double-speak" and "spin", Robert has quietly created his own pantheon of heros who speak truth to power and make the world a better place. It is valueable to spend some time looking at the quotes and background stories on these folks. I found the old faithfuls there; Sojourne Truth, Abraham Lincoln, and Rosa Parks, but also many new individuals like artists and community activist Lily Yeh, who has started Bearfoot Artists.
Also of note is who is missing.

“When I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that comes from the heart and reflects the pain and sorrow of people's lives. It also expresses joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community in which people are reconnected with their families, sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other and will together raise and educate their children. Then we witness social change in action.”
-- Lily Yeh

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