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Book Title: Turning the Tide: US Intervention in Central America & the Struggle for Peace|
The author of the book: Noam Chomsky
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 894 KB
Edition: South End Press
Date of issue: July 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780896082663
Read full description of the books Turning the Tide: US Intervention in Central America & the Struggle for Peace:I am the proud son of immigrants. The majority of my friends, students, and co-workers were not born in the United States. I live in a city that makes you feel like you are a member of the United Nations (UN). Going to my supermarket is always an adventure. Within the span of one aisle, five or more different Spanish dialects usually make their way through my ear canals. I am grateful to live in a country where I can eat pupusas on Monday, tostones on Wednesday, and Menudo on Sunday--or all of these scrumptious dishes on the same day.
Three years ago, on my way to Target while sitting down on an uncomfortable plastic seat, an elderly woman tilted her head towards me and said, "I don't understand why these fu@#ing illegal immigrants can't just stay in their home country." At first, I was perplexed by her comment. Who was she talking about and why was she so mad? I quickly realized that she was referring to the people of color on the bus we were riding. She was talking about men and women she knew nothing about...or, perhaps, thanks to the immigration special she saw on 60 Minutes last night; she knew more about them than they did about themselves. I could not pinpoint the origins of her anger towards these people--my people. However, I could tell by the sound of her voice that she felt like these " fu@#ing illegal immigrants" were stealing something from her. Air. Space. Peace. (Enter some other universal right or freedom in the following line __________).
Awkward moments tend to stretch seconds into hours, but this was not the case for me. After the comment, I had to get off immediately, or I was going to miss my stop. All sorts of questions fluttered across my mind when this lady gave birth to her comment. How do you know they are undocumented immigrants? What is the potential danger of lumping all people in the same group just because they slightly look like one another? If they are immigrants than what makes you think that they abandoned their homeland by choice?
Sometimes, if you get lucky, the cure to ignorance comes in the form of counter-narratives. Stories that contradict the reality you fabricated to make sense of the world around or inside of you. If I could go back in time, I would give the angry lady on the bus my copy of Noam Chomsky's seminal work, Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central American and the Struggle for Peace and tell her that she will find the answers she seeks in this book. Hopefully, Chomsky will help her understand that maybe the reason so many Latin Americans decide to leave the place they call home is not because they want to make her life difficult but because her country is responsible for the nonstop mutilation, rape, and death of the people they love. Perhaps, Salvadorians, Guatemalans, and many other Central Americans leave their country in masses because her taxes fuel a war machine that allows her country to exploit the resources of these people she calls "fu@#ing illegal immigrants" to the point where their lands become inhospitable. To the point were only poverty and violence can thrive.
So, to the angry lady on the bus -- may this book help you become so woke that you dedicate your life to fighting the systems of oppression that keep people from their family and pushes them out of the places they call home.
Read information about the authorAvram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. He also helped spark the cognitive revolution in psychology through his review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, in which he challenged the behaviorist approach to the study of behavior and language dominant in the 1950s. His naturalistic approach to the study of language has affected the philosophy of language and mind. He is also credited with the establishment of the Chomsky hierarchy, a classification of formal languages in terms of their generative power. Beginning with his critique of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Chomsky has become more widely known for his media criticism and political activism, and for his criticism of the foreign policy of the United States and other governments.
According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar during the 1980–1992 time period, and was the eighth-most cited scholar in any time period.
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