Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Culture, in the modern context, often gets reduced to "arts" and literature and exoticized material production like clothing and spiritual items. This is limiting and dangerous as it allows those in the throes of modernity to sidestep equitable considerations of nature, land and people, allowing corporate control of lives and livelihoods, of land and commodified resources, making profane the sacred.
Culture is a dynamic of wholistic and integrated relationship between all things, between humans and their immediate environment, the land, nature and each other. Modern industrial colonial society is anti-cultural and exploits and destroys the "naturo-spiritual (human) dynamic" that has defined human presence on Earth for over 3 million years. This is dangerous to all life as colonial capitalist control destroys earth and its ecosystems and organic human cultural relations.
Culture, to be progressive and positively transformative again, must be organic and based in right relationship to land, nature, peoples' basic and expanded human needs and All That Is. Spirit is part of culture. Animals and plants are part of culture. The Earth Her/Himself is part of culture. Any reduction, disintegration or dissolution of these interrrelationships is anti-culture, destructive and ultimately a negative expression of human potentiality.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
I was just pondering on the use of the word 'hate' with regard to racism. It always strikes me as incomplete as it refers to someone's feelings, not their ability to directly and negatively influence my life. Whether a person hates me is not the immediate issue. Whether they can and do exert negative and destructive force and influence in my life, community and environment IS.
Racism includes feelings in its vile mix, on the side of the oppressed and the oppressor, the marginalized and the privileged, the target(s) and the agent(s) of racism, but how we feel is not the primary element that affects the lives of people daily harmed by the effects and outcomes of racism.
Sitting in your house hating me is one thing. Sitting in your house while a group of police officers in militarized cars that you helped pay for out of the ongoing profit you extract from stolen land and resources looks for people who look like me (an African person) to harrass, detain and incarcerate is a whole other thing.
Racism IS a power dynamic, a control mechanism, a function of material and energetic exploitation that is de-energized when physical (police, military, technology) means of exerting power are pulled out of the mix, the complex of systems and structures that define this pathological and cancerous anti-social surreality...when European/white and male and other privileges and abuse are dismantled and consciously and exuberantly given up.
Racism IS prejudice plus power, not prejudice plus how someone feels about someone else. Racism and sexism are structural, systemic, dependent on troubled and imbalanced people to actively (consciously or unconsciously) apply their life force to diminish the life force of others.
It may be ultimately appropriate to advocate for and promote the expansion of love in the world (also a work of systemic transformation, not just interpersonal romanticism ), but it is not directly helpful to continue to assert that we are in a battle with hate. We are in a struggle to observe, see, assess and transform interrelationships of power and control, of groups of people's ability and seemingly comfortable willingness to continue to exert destructive anti-cultural, inhuman "wetiko" (Jack Forbes) power and influence over other groups of peoples.
I was pondering that today.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
There is much here for Europeans, Africans and others in USAmerica to consider. To miss the possible linkages between racism and white supremacy in Azania/South Africa and the USAmerica would be to miss how racism works at all, that it is not just a domestic issue between individuals, not just transient transactions of "hate". Racism works in a context of nationalized and internationalized/globalized power.
In north America we must acknowledge and struggle for alliance with the indigenous peoples whose lives were/are so seriously affected by European colonialism and the racist structures it developed. The ongoing genocide and oppression of indigenous peoples is central to the empowerment of European/white supremacy and racism in Canada, the USAmerica (and Hawaii), Mexico and beyond. In Azania, Africans are the indigenous people. This is an important distinction, not an inert nuance. We must be able to see how racism obscures the struggle to understand the negative and the liberating relationships to land and culture.
Here, Malema calls racism out and draws a line that must be drawn everywhere....if we are serious about freedom and justice. Notice the similarity in the European reactions/responses to strong statements of self-determination by Africans in South Africa or Africans and others in USAmerica, i.e., Black Lives Matter etc... Racism/white supremacy has global intentions and global effects.
From the article:
""We will never tolerate white supremacy, racism. Down with racism, down!”
Malema is the only party leader in South Africa thus far who has boldly spoken to and challenged the ongoing problem of racism in our society. His call for the dismantling of racist institutions and practice in South Africa is a promise to people who have been directly affected by pervasive white supremacy that this issue is high on their party’s agenda.
“We will not be speaking this reconciliation nonsense, which only perpetuates white supremacy,” he assured the masses of largely economically disenfranchised followers gathered in the streets of Sandton.
Many white people responded to Malema’s anti-racism utterances on social media by denying being white supremacists or racists.
They said Malema is irrational and aggressive and he is speaking only about the right wing supremacists that are aggressively racist towards Black folk in South Africa but painting all whites with the same brush. Instead of seeing his utterances as pro-equality, they said his discourse is “anti-white” and claimed he was being unfair to them.
Except he is not. Malema’s forthright challenge to white people about personal lateral and systemic racism is the truth that resonates with those on the receiving end of it.
This should not be overlooked by white South Africans.
Instead it should be seen as an opportunity by us to examine how racism and whiteness are intertwined and how this has thwarted authentic transformation and egalitarianism in South Africa."
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
"Pagans In the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Discovery", Steven Newcomb
"Pagans in the Promised Land provides a unique, well-researched challenge to U.S. federal Indian law and policy. It attacks the presumption that American Indian nations are legitimately subject to the plenary power of the United States. Steve Newcomb puts forth a startling theory that U.S. federal Indian law and policy are premised on Old Testament narratives of the chosen people and the promised land, as exemplified in the 1823 Supreme Court ruling Johnson v. McIntosh, that the first "Christian people" to "discover" lands inhabited by "natives, who were heathens," have an ultimate title to and dominion over these lands and peoples. This imporant addition to legal scholarship asserts there is no separation of church and state in the United States, so long as U.S. federal Indian law and policy are premised on the ancient religious distinctions between "Christians" and "heathens."
No Saint Junipero: Ending the Doctrine of Discovery
Eleventh Session of the Permanent Forum
Papal Bull Rescission Committee - Loretto Community
The Call To Rescind the Doctrine of Discovery - National Catholic Reporter
"Acquiring Empire By Law"
Mennonite group working on dismantling DoD:
"For more than five centuries, the Doctrine of Discovery and the laws based upon it have legalized the theft of land, labor and resources from Indigenous Peoples across the world and systematically denied their human rights. This Doctrine originated with the Christian church in the 15th century. It is now the church’s responsibility to undo it."
Text of the Papal Bulls of 1452, 1455, 1493 that form "rationale" for Doctrine of Discovery (facebook Notes w/ URL links)
Dum Diversas 1452: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ukumbwa-sauti-med/papal-bull-dum-diversas-18-june-1452/10153704284042704
Romanus Pontifex 1455: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ukumbwa-sauti-med/papal-bull-romanus-pontifex-nicholas-v-january-8-1455/10153704359727704
Inter Caetera 1493: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ukumbwa-sauti-med/papal-bull-inter-caetera-alexander-vi-may-4-1493/10153704365327704
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
And another where the Unist'ot'en kick out TransCanada crews who did not get proper authorization to be on their land, about 2 min.:
For more info, visit: UNISTOTENCAMP.COM
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The catholic cable tv channel, Eternal Word Television Network/EWTN and the Knights of Columbus have been running promotional programming to support the roamin catholic church's plan to canonize Serra and to promote his great legacy of evangelization, as they like to call it (the Knights of Criminal Columbus said the same about Criminal Columbus on their website in the past, but that statement has seemingly been removed from their website). EWTN is currently running a documentary over five days in half hour segments called “Serra: Ever Forward, Never Back”, an arrogant fantasy of small screen cinematic proportions. The Knights have posted a short, but equally misleading and culturally insulting promotional video entitled, “Blessed Junipero Serra: Apostle of California, Exemplar of Evangelization”.
Click link to see KoC video: https://youtu.be/lhl9ePF8Gy8
Organizer and activist, Toypurina Carac,
has been answering the roamin catholic church’s validation
of indigenous genocide by creating and sharing a powerful statement in the form
of a moveon.org petition that is very near its goal of 10,000 signatures to
convince the vatican and pope to reconsider their (in)sightless and
discompassionate plan. Ironic that the
vatican is calling the papal visit a “Mission of Love”. If you were to speak to those who are the offspring
of those who were brutalized by Serra’s predatory mission system, they have a
much different story to tell.
(please share widely; organizers are planning protests in DC and NYC)
Tweet the Knights at @KoC, EWTN at @EWTN and the pope at @Pontifex to let them know your perspectives on this important issue.
The petition was sent to pope Francis today Sept.17 at about 12noon. Toypurina Carac and others have organized and will speak at two press conferences in NY and Washington DC on the 21st and 22nd of Sept. respectively. Please let your networks know so that we can be of substantial support during the press conferences to help send a powerful message of support to our indigenous sisters and brothers and their blessed Ancestors who suffered tremendously at the hands and whims of Junipero Serra and his brutal system of land theft, exploitation and slavery.
New York, Monday, September 21, 2015,
10:00 am- 12:00 noonSaint Peter’s Church…619 Lexington Avenue, NY 10022-4610. www.saintpeters.org
Washington D.C., Tuesday, September 22, 2015
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Plymouth United Church of Christ, Washington D.C.; 5301 North Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20011
Friday, July 17, 2015
- Thou shalt not assume your experience or your feelings about your experience is equal or greater than the experience of those most affected by racism.
- Thou shalt not shame or publicly deride “people of color” for speaking out against racism, enlarging your awareness or history and identifying your privilege.
- Thou shalt not (mis)appropriate the material, intellectual or spiritual culture of others.
- Thou shalt not ask stupid questions.
- Thou shalt not arrogantly assume you can touch the bodies, hair, clothing or personal effects of people who you deem as “Other” or “exotic”.
- Thou shalt not NOT listen actively and reflect inwardly about what you heard from people not of your culture.
- Thou shalt not assume that your particular cultural content is the best in the world or that it is the best way to see the world
- Thou shalt not be required to like the sins (or colonies or nations or political systems) of your fathers (and mothers)….nor is anyone else.
- Thou shalt not assume that your god can beat other peoples’ goddesses/gods or spiritual entities nor should that god eclipse the presence of others or be used as a battering ram to support your privilege.
- Thou shalt not knowingly (or unknowingly) participate in, aid or abet the structural and systemic elements of racism.
- Thou shalt not assume that ten commandments is enough to deal with racism and European/white privilege...let alone everything else pathological or out of balance in the world.