Week Four – Third World Alliances and Social-Political Movements
Encompassing Wu’s Radicals on the Road is one of my favorite lyrics from Lady Gaga’s “Come to Mama”: “Everybody’s got to love each other. Stop throwing stones at your sisters and your brothers.”
What Wu’s Radicals on the Road demonstrates is the formation of third world alliances, particularly amongst the global sisterhood. In the introduction, Wu describes how people are fascinated and drawn by the truths of the Vietnam War, figuring out ways to reveal its truths and combatting it amongst the general public as well. But what highlights the motives of dismantling the already given propaganda is the women behind this movement, by understanding these people who were initially seen as “enemies”, highlighted by the United States, are indeed humans and sisters just like us and one another. What values these women have brought to the table is challenging the given and finding ways to bring the concept of sisterhood and alliance amongst the topics of violence and war. They heavily contributed to what was the anti-war movement of the Vietnam War.
In today’s context, we can see multiple communities being involved with one another through the form of allyship – though one may not be particularly affected or may be presented as someone or a group to be judged upon, one is able to challenge and support that one group’s challenges and endeavors. An example of allyship and alliances in today’s context is people who are trying to prevent the wars in the Middle East, people who are trying to advocate for illegal immigration and dismantling the “illegal” narrative; in short, people who are challenging the system and the propagandistic word that we now know as “enemy”.
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