BEEFHEART

18 December 2010

American musician Don Van Vliet, who used the stage name of Captain Beefheart, has died.

I recall his memorable observation: Everybody’s coloured or you wouldn’t be able to see them.

It is a telling answer to those who cry up surface differences between peoples, affirming our commonality. I too am coloured, I too wear a yellow star, I am Spartacus.
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