THE BLOOD THAT BINDS
RENATO REDENTOR CONSTANTINO
March 30, 2005
Black is the blood of pipelines, the preferred shade of Washington's flammable mural called the Middle East - an oil painting that combines the high art of irony with the science of spontaneous combustion.
Trace the blood and connect the dots.
Pale memory, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
"I walked the floor of the White House night after night until midnight," confessed the corpulent
"I went down on my knees and prayed to Almighty God for light and guidance. One night it came to me. First, we could not give [the Philippines] back to Spain - that would be cowardly and dishonorable; second . . . we could not turn them over to France or Germany - that would be bad for business; and third, we could not leave them to themselves - they were unfit for self-government . . . There was nothing left for us to do but to take them all . . . and uplift and civilize and Christianize them . . . And then I went to bed, and went to sleep and slept soundly."
The god of empire grants McKinley's wish - for god is empire and empire is god. Less than a decade after McKinley's entreaty,
Blessed is the imperialist among he-men and blessed is the vile fruit of his genius.
Niggers versus Negroes. Brilliant.
From 1899 to 1902, "an estimated two thousand Black women, men, and children" die from racial attacks in
"To the colored American soldier," implored a public communique issued in the Philippines on November 17, 1899 and penned, some say, by the crippled colored Filipino revolutionist himself, Apolinario Mabini, "It is without honor that you shed your precious blood. Your masters have thrown you in the most iniquitous fight with double purpose - to make you the instrument of their ambition, and also your hard work will make the extinction of your race."
Fight for the flag! Under what colors? One African-American resolves his moral impasse. David Fagen, colored beacon, bless his soul - Fagen leads twenty other Blacks who desert the US Army. Many join Fagen and enlist with the Filipino guerillas, an act "unprecedented in Black military history."
"I fear that the future of the Filipino is that of the Negro in the South," wrote US Gunnery Sergeant John Galloway, a soldier-journalist who wrote down in his journal the sentiments of Filipino civilians regarding independence and their relations with Black and white troops. A short period later,
One fate. One blood.
Just before the
As the first director of the American Red Cross Blood Bank, Drew ensures that shipments of liquid plasma are sent to combat zones where Axis bombs and bullets are spreading death. Thanks to Dr. Drew, who has made it possible to save blood, "plasma banks are reviving thousands of dying men on the battlefields of
At first, the Red Cross and the
What flows in your veins?
In a rousing speech delivered in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. denounces the American invasion of
Are we talking of today?
The Reverend's words cut like a knife. He is accused of treason. He is condemned by "former allies and attacked viciously by the American press."  Red, white and blue; stars over you. Georgie said, Condi said, I love you.
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 "The blood that binds" is the last article in the author's three-part Colored Pieces series. The first piece, "Memories of Black and Blue," was published by ManilaStandardToday on March 16, 2005. The second, "The color of memory," came out in the ManilaStandardToday on March 23, 2005.