“The Negro is indolent and a dreamer, spending his meager wage on frivolity and drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving.”
ernesto “che” guevara
(From the Motorcycle Diaries)
The above quote is from one of two great pieces on che at the Palm Beach Post by Liz Balmaseda today:
Who was che guevara?
More than a mortal, more than a revolutionary, Che Guevara is pure mystique, a pop-culture phenom born of a cool graphic image.
Che, the brand, has been unparalleled in its reach across cultures and purposes, from the militant to the materialistic to the rampantly mundane, emblazoned on every imaginable surface: T-shirts, posters, belt buckles, lighters, lip gloss, curtains, shot glasses, skateboards, action figures, nesting dolls, tattoos, maracas, bikinis.
He’s Hello Kitty – with a body count.
And also “The reach of che guevara” where Balmaseda notes just a few cases of celebrity useful idiocy, including this whopper, considering the quote above:
A soon-to-be-released album by Kanye West protégé Rhymefest is titled ‘El Che.’ The rapper, whose birth name is Che, in honor of Guevara, has described the album’s messages as this: ‘Come on the journey with a revolutionary.’