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yup. You should be ashamed of yourself and your life of bourgeois privilege.

Posted by NaFun | November 9, 2007 11:05 AM

he should be ashamed that given all the privlidge he had, he used it to try to frame everything as a marxist message, can only muster 3 picture slog posts of women and buildings. Bravo Chaz, you truly failed africa and the united states.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | November 9, 2007 11:09 AM

Thinking out loud can be messy. But at least Mudede's thinking. Can't fault him for that. (And he's probably getting paid to do it on the slog. Effing capitalist thought provoker.)

Posted by superyeadon | November 9, 2007 11:14 AM

Charles, why on Earth should you be ashamed of anything you call shameful in that post? You are doomed to a life of sadness if you

Posted by NaFun | November 9, 2007 11:25 AM

You know, they're building a high speed passenger train from Morocco to Spain - that would be a lot easier.

I got my citizenship by being born here, like my grandparents, and my dual citizenship because my mom and step-dad moved to Canada when I was 11 - and then I applied for it before going into the Canadian Army. My son got both by virtue of being born here as my son.

But my sister (born in Canada) had to apply for US citizenship and it took forever, even though she had a Texan accent, and had gone to school since Kindergarten in Washington, California, and Texas. To get that I had to pull strings and get US Senators involved to get the INS to stop treating her like an illegal immigrant, even though she can't even speak anything other than American English.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 9, 2007 11:28 AM

What you would feel more validated in life if you had some massive hardship to overcome?
You are where you are because of circumstances you had no part in when younger. Others made a choice for you. If you had a part in the decision at that time, would you really have chosen to have had it harder just to feel validated by the romantic notion of who you want to be instead of truly who you are now?
Seems there is some guilt at play because you are not part of a group that has endured some extreme hardship to get where they are. Your past haunts you because it is not the romantic a struggle you would like it to be.

Posted by -B- | November 9, 2007 11:41 AM

It takes a considerable amount of vision just to see that, Charles, and to put it that way. But don't worry, the monster is coming for you anyway: you just won't have had constant practice wrestling him. May I suggest you dump all your worldly goods, connections and credibility into some delightful and self-actualizing but unprofitable art project, burn your bridges by publicly renouncing all you have spent your life building, and go to some hip backwater and eat Ramen for nine months, and then go work somewhere beautiful where nobody knows you with all your remaining posessions in a little bookbag. Then, I promise, you will feel free. I'll save you a hammock.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | November 9, 2007 12:47 PM

your brain is growing on me.

Posted by cochise. | November 9, 2007 12:49 PM

Charles, count you f*cking blessings!

Posted by legal immigrant | November 9, 2007 1:11 PM

Your greatest shame is selfish and pathetic. How about the fact that you, like the rest of the whitecollar immigrants from Africa are contributing to the braindrain of the whole continent?

Posted by lk | November 9, 2007 2:50 PM

Good point, lk, but isn't AIDS/HIV and TB and other diseases doing that in larger numbers anyway?

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 9, 2007 3:30 PM

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