We need a story we can release our pain and anguish on, a story that allows us to reckon with this new coming of the Cold War, and reckon with a Cold War we never really put to rest, without reminding us of our powerlessness and of our guilt. That story is Laika the space dog.
The South Side of Chicago is known throughout the world for the direct violence that occurs there. However, the direct violence results from the structural violence occurring through institutions and policies that have taken away the lives of thousands of Chicagoans for almost a century.
I’ll begin with the tale of a great downfall, a tale that begins with the main character born as a symbol of all that is beautiful in the world who dies a spiritless victim of the world’s greatest faults.