{ A Confederate Soldier’s Thoughts on Human Trafficking }

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Observed by my friend and former art professor Matt Ballou:

Portrait of Jeremy Grove from Matt Ballou’s “Becoming the Student” series.

“A good thing to come from my participation in reenactments is that we highlight a time when slavery was an issue. The reality is that human trafficking is still an issue; slavery is still an issue. And if, through my portraying a Confederate soldier, I can have conversations and engage with people – and ultimately raise awareness of the reality that human trafficking is perhaps worse now than it has ever been in history – then I feel that it’s a good way to use history to learn from our past and make a change.” – Jeremy Grove

Emphasis my own. Really striking thoughts coming from a Confederate reenactor, a symbol so easy to stereotype—for some people, anyway. (And by “some people,” I mean Northerners. And by “Northerners,” I don’t mean to imply Missouri is part of the South.) Read more from the “2nd Corporal, 3rd Missouri Infantry, CSA.”

Matt, the artist, is a thoughtful, passionate, lightning-bolt-and-ensuing-slow-fire of a person, and I’m proud to know him. He has been blogging for years and recently started a series of posts called “Becoming the Student,” where he shares a portrait and pieces of wisdom from the people he draws. This is the sixth. Go check him out at his blog, eikonktizo!

{ Also }

Pinetti Notte Pinot Grigio (what you’d expect from a $5 wine)

“River” – There Will Be Fireworks (via KEXP Song of the Day)

Commentary on the possible annexation of Ozark National Scenic Riverways from federal to state control from National Parks Traveler, TravTalk, and elsewhere. Who thought this was a good idea? Honest question.

“Sipping on the Internet Firehose” – The Open Notebook


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