In case you were worried about Gandhi’s legacy, you may now breathe a sigh of relief, as he and his message of nonviolence are now almost assured to live on thanks to Lady Gaga’s new music video/short film “G.U.Y.” The pop star resurrects the Mahatma, along with Jesus, John Lennon and Michael Jackson, as part of some bizarre science experiment to create the perfect guy. Nothing bad about that romance — assuming she’s able to remove Gandhi’s chastity, John Lennon’s temper and Michael Jackson’s, well, um… But seriously, Lady Gaga has some interesting taste in men.
As K-pop fans and Black organizers and artists are demonstrating, joyful, powerful movements draw more people in and reflect the kind of world we want to live in.
If soldiers train for armed combat, why wouldn’t activists train for toppling the political-economic structure that’s killing our chance for a just future? The stakes are just as high.
Uganda’s COVID-19 experience underscores the seemingly universal opportunism of authoritarians amidst crisis, as well as opportunities for resistance.