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Decolonize!

This kickass song and video is called Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm of the War Drums by A Perfect Circle, a band made up of artists from Tool, Ashes Divide, Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm and Smashing Pumpkins.  Though the song & video is from the point of view of George Bush (who is supposedly protecting us all from everything “bad”, including ourselves), it is actually a perfect representation of the entire predatory colonist regime.  Lyrics: Continue reading

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Hierarchical Privilege: Is it Inherently Abusive?

Colonist Hierarchy of Shit

In a recent conversation about privilege-clinging, power-overing, and busting down – or working within – the colonist patri-hierarchical system of oppression and exploitation we’re all embedded in, a friend and I agreed that it is the ABUSE of privilege that is the problem.  But on further thought, I’m now wondering if privilege in itself is abuse, exactly because OF the nature of the colonist hierarchy: to “profit” is to exploit; there is just no getting around this.  So to move up the colonist patri-hierarchy one must abuse/exploit/oppress those ‘beneath’ them.

Enter integrity and not “selling out”.  There are people in positions of privilege who genuinely want and try to do some good.  Like lawyers who devote their professional work to trying to legally right some deep wrongs, even though this work is limited due to the oppressive, repressive and rigid colonist nature of the idea and practice of what it calls “the law.” Continue reading

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Dear Hana

Hello Hana, this post is a reply to your comment on this blog post.  The blog author, Juliet a.k.a. “bornwhore” did not allow our comment to be published which is why we are posting it here.

We — Feminist Rag & Zoongzi (pronounced Zoonzay and who is a female-bodied Two Spirited biracial (Anishinaabe/white) long-time Indigenous rights activist) — hope this post finds its way to you so you can continue expanding your knowledge about the sex trade from an Indigenous perspective because, as with anything in life, the more knowledge we have about something, the more informed decisions we are able to confidently make. Continue reading

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Sex Trade Survivor Abolitionists Are the Heartbeat of My Feminism

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My last post paid tribute to Amy Herdy wherein I praised her for grappling with male violence at its white hot center.  She does a most excellent job of trying to understand one particular sadistic sociopath, Brent Brents.  But I was wrong; Amy is not at the center of male violence. Continue reading

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Amy Herdy: A Brave Truth-Seeker Grappling with Male Violence at its White Hot Center

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The most dangerous men on earth are those who are afraid that they are wimps.  Wars have been started for less.  The main motives for violence [are] the fear of shame and ridicule, and the overbearing need to prevent others from laughing at oneself by making them weep instead.  (Dr. James Gilligan)

To really understand something, we gotta get up close and personal with it.  Sometimes this is done by choice, other times it happens through lived experiences forced upon us.

The dominant euro-religious-colonist culture that inflicts and imposes itself on the entire planet wholly relies on violence to uphold its greedy, narcissistic. de-humanized self.  Being embedded in such a culture insidiously traumatizes ALL of us, to different degrees and dependent on our social place, i.e. how life has played out for us (much of which is out of our control), what kind of family and community we were born into, our genetics, our relationships, and so on. Continue reading

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Columbus Day Is It? Maybe Next Year We Should Have a Hitler Day!

Artwork by Native Rights Activist & Artist Shea Sandy:

We Are Still Here” is the first of my Culture Clash collection.

This work voices the truth about what many Indigenous/Aboriginal/First Nations and Native American people have struggled with regarding some of the more common Native issues at the forefront, such as:

  • The pollution and destruction of the land we live with;
  • The spreading of european diseases to which we have little or no resistance to, this in itself has been said to account for up to %90 percent of the deaths and unfathomable SUFFERING of Native Americans since 1492.
  • Native people are often regarded as a whimsical character from the past that no longer exists except in the imagination of non-natives and in old western movies, this is why our Nez Perce man and his horse are represented in black and white, because many people think of us as something from the past and even talk about us in past tense form. i.e. “The Indians ‘lived‘ in tipis.” or “Native Americans ‘were‘ spiritual and ‘sang‘ songs and ‘danced‘. Well, WE ARE STILL HERE! No need to speak of us in past tense, Thank You, we aren’t quite gone yet – we are making a recovery, remembering our ways and reclaiming our place on Turtle Island.
  • The upside down flag is a well known military distress signal, it means Something Is Wrong and it is a sign asking for help.
  • The burnt edges of the flag are an acknowledgment of the dangerous, difficult and life threatening times Native Activists have gone through and continue to face.

Look closely and ponder this work, it has quite a story to tell.

I’d like to dedicate this to all Indigenous Activists, to all those who dare to DEcolonize their mind and to all the Survivors who stayed and stay strong with love in their heart for all of our Relations.

I hope you get as much out of it as I put into it.

~ Shea Sandy

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We Owe a Debt to “The Drunken Indians”

For some reason this most excellent video won’t embed, please check it out on YouTube, it is a 4-minute talk by Native Rights activist and artist John Trudell that is radically truthful and eye-opening  ——–>

http://youtu.be/RhLatWoWrKA

DEcolonize Your Mind!

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Would you celebrate a “Hitler Day”? Well if not then why in the world would you EVER celebrate this person who started a holocaust that killed about 10 times as many people as Hitlers claim to infamy? Whether the death tolls be 6 million, 45 million or 90 million we should all be able to agree that it is all horrific and awful and that starting a 500 year (so far) long genocide is NOTHING to celebrate!

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Decolonization is Not a Metaphor

This post is titled after this excellent article by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang.

Indigenous women understand that our struggle for autonomy is related to the total need for structural change in this society.  We realize that indigenous people in industrial society have always been and will always be in a relationship of war, because industrial society has declared war on indigenous peoples, on land based peoples.

To look within a bigger context, when I say indigenous peoples, I’m not only talking about [Native American] Indians. All people come from land-based cultures.  Some have been colonized longer than I have, which means they have got more work to do (Winona LaDuke, source).

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