Final thoughts on Ariel Castro
Forum, September 8, 2013
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; Regina Brett, columnist; Connie Schultz, columnist; David Kordalski, designer
In the aftermath of the suicide of Ariel Castro, the man convicted of holding three women hostage for a decade or more, Andrea, Regina and Connie offered their rather nuanced takes. Individually, each were strong works; packaged collectively, the pieces gained even larger power:
Regina Brett: Almost every day at the end of my morning meditation, I offer up a prayer for whoever needs a prayer most.
Until this week, I never imagined it would go to Ariel Castro.
Read the rest of Regina’s column here.
: It’s a question we all should be asking ourselves, particularly if we’re willing to cheer the suicide of Ariel Castro. Celebrations erupted on social media and in the comments threads of news sites. As though Castro’s death rids us of what created him. As though the circumstances that made it possible for him to hold those three young women captive in the same neighborhood, same house, for more than a decade, have magically evaporated.
We don’t want “closure.” We want amnesia.
Read the full text of Connie’s column here. She comes to us via Creators Syndicate now, but we’re proud she won her Pulitzer Prize with us!
Andrea Levy: In the brief span of time that his freedom was denied, could Ariel Castro understand the devastating injustice of his actions? Did the agony of imprisonment finally brutally penetrate him? Was the road from “I am not a monster” to self-destruction fueled by dark epiphany? Not just an escape?
Our hopeful speculation is all that remains.
Andrea’s full text and image can be seen on the OpinionArt above. To see other OpinionArt pieces, follow her blog here.
Note: With hope, this closes a rather dark chapter in Cleveland’s history — and the lives of the three remarkable women who survived the rape and abuse of their captivity can finally begin.