Dominican roots lay in the far west of Mediterranean civilization. The centuries long engagement and war with African Islamic empires incubated the Spanish Empire that would explode into the Caribbean archipelago.
There’s a reason why we call this month, “Black August.” Birthdays of numerous revolutionaries and revolutionary acts.
But one of the most historically important, yet historically neglect in education happened 179 years ago.
On August 21, 1831, Nat Turner led one of the largest slave insurrections in U.S. history. Called “Prophet Nat” for his deep religious and spiritual convictions, Turner led a band of enslaved Africans on a revolutionary killing spree that terminated the lives of over four dozen white slaveholders and landowning aristocrats.
I don’t have to go into the history. With few exceptions if you engaged in combat with the USA in the last couple of centuries, you lost. This empire has spread the stampede of the modern, the latest unfolding stage of the Law, across the planet.
The theater and ritual of sport teaches us many things about conflict in the world today. One chief lesson is that conflict is to be subject to The Law; to rules, to the structures we impose, to the lines we draw around it. You can fight The Law, but like fighting nature it can go badly.
Everyday all over the globe many of our eyes are glued, and we are riveted to the diverse forms of actions. Moments in sports are all unique expressions of particular conflicts and repeated ritual re-enactment of constant struggles around us.
Today removed from nature, in our cities, our collective mythopoeia’s main outlet to express our grappling with conflict in all it’s forms is the world of sports. In the theatre of sport we can see played out before us almost every conflict…tribe against tribe, man against man, man against himself.