March 2008

My monologue, and the painful topic of race

I have been developing an extemporaneous monologue based on my memoir Revival, and last Tuesday I first performed my monologue in public, at Richard Hugo House in Seattle, on the same day Barack Obama gave his extraordinary Philadelphia speech about race. Barack said that while he condemned and rejected certain views of his black pastor, he could no more disown Rev. Wright than he could his black community or his white grandmother who had expressed her own bigotry.

Illegal Use of a Bullhorn

Andy Himes in 1970By the fall of 1969, frequent demonstrations against the war had become a major irritant to the Regents of the University of Wisconsin, and they passed a law forbidding the use of loud speaking equipment on the public college campuses of Wisconsin for any political purpose.