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Think of the desert sun by day, and watchtower searchlights by night. When I imagine the American concentration camps I think of them as cities of constant shadows.

Think of the myth of Dibutades, who invents portraiture when she traces her lover's shadow on a wall in order to remember him.

Think of the people incarcerated in the American concentration camps, and what they reclaim from the desert in order to sustain their bodies and their spirits when almost everything else has been taken away. Out of the dust they grow gardens and dig swimming holes; they scavenge wood scraps to make furniture and geta and art.

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