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"Goofer Dust"

Went to the library yesterday and picked up four books just to read about people and the lives they have made. The first was Voices and Silences by James Earl Jones and Penelope Niven talk of reading it and hearing James Earl Jones as the whispery Darth Varder in Star Wars.

As I am reading this book it was a period back in his childhood and he is recounting his grandmother and mother fighting over who he will stay with and I was spellbound ……. “Goofer Dust in the thirties the use of cocaine was sanctioned made cheap for farm and plantation owners. As they passed through to pick their tools each morning, migrant workers pulled out their shirt pockets and received thimbleful of cocaine to help them work productively and get through the day.” (Pg 6 Voices and Silences James Earl Jones & Penelope Niven).

Now that took me by surprise and I started thinking about the use of drugs and other things like venereal disease often sanctioned by governments and used on minorities (?) people. How to exterminate people as in Native American reservations, Aborigines in Australia, what happened to the Masaai in 1918. I think it is time for some research and look for some information……….
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By Anonymous Mshairi at 10:03 pm

That book sounds interesting and I would love to read it. Someone once said the voice of James Earl Jones was the voice of God and I can truly believe that! Sends shivers down my back at times.

p.s. send me your anwani so that I can send you that thing we spoke about.    

By Blogger kipepeo at 10:27 pm

Interesting thoughts. I went to a talk by prof. Thairu in nairobi. He has some amazing theories on the native americans, the aborigines and the maasai. I don’t remember all of it, but it was fascinating how the sexual practices of the maasai (which they used for continuity and procreation) were used so drastically against them. You know how when a husband goes on grazing trips, his friends could sleep with his wife, so when he eventually returns home, his wife has children which are considered his. However, with disease, this means the disease really really spreads…ok, I could go on, but I shall stop here. Just got me thinking!!….    

By Anonymous Anonymous at 11:21 pm

Aborigines in Australia, were actually used for shooting practice at one stage they were actually hunted down like wild animals. Their children were removed from their familes by force and re-located as the Bristish saw fit.If you a chance you should watch the movie "Rabbit proof fence"    

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