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“I lived in a big bunkhouse of thirty farm workers with Leroy, who was a stranger to me in many ways because he was always talking about unions and unity. But he had a way of explaining the meanings of words in utter simplicity, like “work” which he translated into “power,” and “power” into “security.” I was drawn to him because I felt that he had lived in many places where the courage of men was tested with the cruelest weapons conceivable.”

– Carlos Bulosan, in an excerpt from On Becoming Filipino. His friend Leroy was lynched after having his genitals mutilated and his body beaten beyond belief.

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