Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Super Obama and the “black” Italians

This morning I received a new phone call by Valentina Furlanetto of Radio 24, which once again whished to interview me as an afro Italian writer, or migrant, second-generation and, just this morning, coloured author. This time the journalist asked me if, in my view, Italian “black” children and adolescents may have some benefit by the Obama’s election, finally having a positive myth in which recognize...

I already imagine the enthusiastic comments: "Cool, finally a black super hero!"

Firstly: but what can I do to say that I refuse these racist labels?!

Second, I want to write it here: children and adolescents, all of us in this country can have a benefit only if we start to stop giving so much attention to skin colour.

Our “estimated” Berlusconi, with his proverbial elegance, was the only leader in the world to point out Obama’s colour (calling him “abbronzato”, suntanned) and, perhaps, it is not a coincidence.

For this reason, I say especially to the so-called “migrant” writers to start leaving this soft form of racism.

On the other hand, in my modest opinion, when other people called migrants die on ships or in the sea, live like slaves in a CPT or are "lucky" to survive the journey and find exhausting works, we have to finish using this word to go around and give interviews, lectures and "lessons", telling what is the life of a stranger in Italy…

About me, I am not an afro Italian storyteller, I am not a black author and I am not a migrant writer.

I just write and tell stories.

Friday, January 9, 2009

The three languages of the writer of stories

A corollary to my Decalogue:

The three languages of the writer of stories.

The writer of stories has three languages: the “told language”, the “spoken language” and “the written language”.

The “told language” is the head language. It’s the language which obligates the writer to keep in mind the script, respecting the author. The language which has the responsibility to remember the words, because they are always important, even if they are false, but also has the duty to consider where you are using it.

The “spoken language” is the heart language, which has to take care of people who are listening, of their feelings and their ears.


The last but not the least is the “written language”, the belly language, direct voice, without filters, which has the sacred privilege to help the others to communicate; consequently facilitating the head to speak with the heart and vice versa.

In my modest opinion, a writer of stories can not live without all three, of course, especially the last.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Are we drug addict with no future?

One thing I learnt working in a drug addiction therapeutic community is that when something serious happens (for example a person who carries drugs inside the house) the most important thing is not this fact, but what the others do, how they react to the event. This explains us how the community works. In other words, the way each person responds to the behaviour of a one, tells us something about everybody.

Now, let’s use our imagination: the world is a full-size drug addiction therapeutic community.

As in the normal one, even in our community there are a lot of drugs: the trash television, the gratuitous violence, the pursuit of success at any cost, the privileges that we have thanks to our lucky born and so on.

Like every respectful drug addict, we perfectly know that these things are awful, however we hardly renounce to them and we invent thousands of justifications for continuing to do with it.

It’s useless to tell you what is the serious fact, today: The chiefs of a very large group of us, as Israel is, "defending" his people from another group, like Hamas, is attacking another greatest group where Hamas lives too.
The consequence is a terrible growing number of deaths.
What does our big community say?
Here are some hot reactions:

The Pope: “War and hatred are not the solution to problems, which is confirmed by recent history

The ex President Bush: “I understand Israel's desire to protect itself and that the situation now taking place in Gaza was caused by Hamas

The English Premier, Gordon Brown: “We need an immediate ceasefire. The blame game can continue afterwards, but this dangerous moment, I think, requires us to act.”

The Italian Foreign Minister, Frattini (Italy is always in the middle…): “Italy considers its position a balanced one: Israel has the right to defend itself, but it has the duty to avoid civilian victims...

Well, I see just words, rhetorical words, hypocritical and unnecessary speeches which not merit any comment.

The very important fact is this: The United States on Saturday blocked an effort by Libya, the sole Arab member of the Security Council, to persuade members to renew their call for an immediate ceasefire following Israel's ground invasion, saying it would make no sense to issue a statement Hamas militants would ignore.

By the way, in your opinion, how is our community?