Robert Shetterly

Robert Shetterly

Robert Shetterly is a writer and artist who lives in Brooksville, Maine and the author of the book, "Americans Who Tell the Truth." Please visit the Americans Who Tell the Truth project's website, where posters of Howard Zinn, Rachel Carson, Edward Snowden, and scores of others are now available. Send Rob an email here.

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The millers daughter happens upon the imp dancing around his fire in the forest while he is chanting his name, Rumplestiltskin Views
Sunday, July 05, 2020
White Men in Suits, Original Sin, and Rumplestiltskin
As a kid growing up in Ohio in the 1950s and ‘60’s I was taught to admire and respect—frankly, be intimidated by—white men in suits. They were the priests of the High Holy Church of How the World Works, constantly chanting the liturgy of economic expansion, war, consumption, entitlement, white...
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Demonstrators march on Constitution Avenue near the Dirksen Senate Office Building during a protest against police brutality and racism on June 6, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Alchemy of Turning Protest to Affirmation
When I try to describe how it feels to be alienated—from a country, a group, a partner, an idea, the past, a culture, an identity—lots of emotions surface. Alienation generates anger and sorrow, confusion and loneliness. Yearning and weariness. Despair. Often that which one feels alienated from and...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
After the Lockdown, the Jailbreak
What’s going on? We had lockdown, we've got jailbreak. But the prisoners aren’t running away; they’re marching, chanting, getting rearrested for the cause of justice. They’re risking infection, in fact, they’re embracing a new infection — people power. Their risk is not in trying to reopen an...
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A protester faces off with Minnesota State Police officers on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in an explosive video pressing his knee to the neck of handcuffed George Floyd for at least five minutes on May 25, was arrested earlier on May 29, said John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, May 30, 2020
The Murder of George Floyd: The Longest Running Play in America
"The great evil of American slavery was not involuntary servitude, but rather the narrative of racial differences we created to legitimize slavery. Because we never dealt with that evil, I don't think slavery ended in 1865, it just evolved." —Bryan Stevenson Think of Derek Chauvin’s knee. The...
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 By choosing to display the portraits of Frederick Douglass, Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis, Monticello rejected Jefferson’s notions of white supremacy. (Photo: Robert Shetterly) Views
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Thomas Jefferson: One Man, Two Legacies
When 75 Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits were shown at numerous locations around Charlottesville, Virginia, from January through April of this year, three of them, Frederick Douglass, John Lewis and Fannie Lou Hamer, were exhibited at Monticello, the celebrated home of Thomas Jefferson. The...
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US President George Bush addresses the nation during his State of the Union address from Capitol Hill in Washington 20 January 2004. Bush vowed that the United States "will never seek a permission slip" to go to war as he took aim in his annual State of the Union speech at critics of the invasion of Iraq. At left is Vice President Dick Cheney; at right House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-IL. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 16, 2019
George W. Bush's Infuriating Innocence Project
I’ve got a stone in my shoe. It’s been there for 18 painful years. I can’t seem to accommodate myself to it. Because every so often it grows another sharp edge. Those familiar with the " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait project know that the stone planted itself in my shoe shortly after 9/11...
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
In the Shadow of Warships and the Climate Emergency: On Getting Arrested at Bath Iron Works
A couple of weeks ago I chose to get arrested at a demonstration at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, Maine. The day was cold, windy, and wet. A huge new battleship, the USS Lyndon Baines Johnson , was being launched. BIW is one of two shipyards in the US capable of building these mammoth, deadly...
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Thinking About George Washington's Teeth on MLK, Jr. Day
I was having dinner a few nights ago with friends when one of them mentioned she was reading Jill Lepore's new book, These Truths: A History of the United States . My friend was only 150 pages into the book and proceeding, like me, at a pace of about 20 pages at a sitting because any more was...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
When Being Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israeli Is the Same Thing
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
On Truth, Shoes, and Upton Sinclair
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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