April 4, 2012

What with fairytales like sleeping beauty talking about “who is the fairest of them all” and Snow White and Barbie dolls becoming role models for little girls. Right from our childhood the message is clear, and in later years it is only reinforced in many ways. Film songs call a girl gori (fair) or “pardon the dark because it has a good heart” in a song like kale “hain to kya hua dilwale hain”. Look anywhere and everywhere, there are blatant and subtle reinforcements that only fair is lovely.

I remember looking in Canadian South Asian newspapers classified ads for a lark and finding all the S. Asian moms looking for ‘fair and lovely’ women for their precious manchildren.
I’d go “YUP” and then go outside in the sun to get darker. 
Of course, this kinda sucked, because the societal pressure to always be like the white Canadians; including putting down and making fun of your own ethnic background, so you can get the model minority pat on the head and the assurances that ‘you’re not like the REST OF THEM’. Without realizing that everyone is subject to pervasive white supremacy, they just express it in different ways.
It took a long time for me to start actually seeing brown guys as attractive.  Y’know what helped? Seeing brown people being awesome and interesting on my television. Kal Penn and Naveen Andrews and Parminder Nagra and Sendhil Ramamurthy. They helped me realize that being brown can equal being attractive.
It’s not always fun to admit this, but the media we consume has a direct effect on how we view people. Myself included. Don’t assume you’re somehow exempt. And don’t feel sorry for me; at least now I know and I am very aware. 

What with fairytales like sleeping beauty talking about “who is the fairest of them all” and Snow White and Barbie dolls becoming role models for little girls. Right from our childhood the message is clear, and in later years it is only reinforced in many ways. Film songs call a girl gori (fair) or “pardon the dark because it has a good heart” in a song like kale “hain to kya hua dilwale hain”. Look anywhere and everywhere, there are blatant and subtle reinforcements that only fair is lovely.

I remember looking in Canadian South Asian newspapers classified ads for a lark and finding all the S. Asian moms looking for ‘fair and lovely’ women for their precious manchildren.

I’d go “YUP” and then go outside in the sun to get darker. 

Of course, this kinda sucked, because the societal pressure to always be like the white Canadians; including putting down and making fun of your own ethnic background, so you can get the model minority pat on the head and the assurances that ‘you’re not like the REST OF THEM’. Without realizing that everyone is subject to pervasive white supremacy, they just express it in different ways.

It took a long time for me to start actually seeing brown guys as attractive.  Y’know what helped? Seeing brown people being awesome and interesting on my television. Kal Penn and Naveen Andrews and Parminder Nagra and Sendhil Ramamurthy. They helped me realize that being brown can equal being attractive.

It’s not always fun to admit this, but the media we consume has a direct effect on how we view people. Myself included. Don’t assume you’re somehow exempt. And don’t feel sorry for me; at least now I know and I am very aware. 

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March 23, 2012
kiskolee:

WHY THE FUCK DOES SHE HAVE TO BE SO GODDAMN FAIR SKINNED? MOST SOUTH ASIAN PEOPLE ARE NOT THIS PALE.
AND IT’S FINE IF YOU’RE PALER SKINNED. I AM ACTUALLY ON THE FAIRER SIDE MYSELF. BUT WHY DOES THIS DOLL CREATE THIS FALSE IDEAL FOR YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE PROBABLY NOT AS FAIR? WHY THE FUCK CAN’T SHE BE DARKER SKINNED SO THAT LITTLE SOUTH ASIAN GIRLS CAN IDENTIFY WITH SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL INSTEAD OF FORCED INTO THINKING THEY’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH?
I’M PRETTY SURE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY COLOR OPTION ON THIS DOLL. SHE DOESN’T COME IN ANY OTHER SHADE THAN ‘ASHWAIRYA RAI EURO-CENTRIC WITH LIGHT EYES’.
DO YOU KNOW WHY THE FUCK PRODUCTS LIKE FAIR AND LOVELY EXIST?
BECAUSE OF THIS DOLL. BECAUSE OF THIS FUCKING DOLL. 
——
Okay, Kiskolee is done. Gah. Just. THIS ANGERS ME SO MUCH.

*deflates*
I’m on the dark-skinned side of the spectrum; and in the summer, I get a vicious joy out of boasting to south asian/wessindian friends/family that I am planning on staying out in the sun and getting super dark. Even darker than I am now.
Them: *GASP* WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO YOURSELF?!!? YOU’RE ALREADY SO…DARK! *RECOILS IN HORROR*
Me: -Kanye shrug- Guess I like being ugly! Amirite? Laters!

kiskolee:

WHY THE FUCK DOES SHE HAVE TO BE SO GODDAMN FAIR SKINNED? MOST SOUTH ASIAN PEOPLE ARE NOT THIS PALE.

AND IT’S FINE IF YOU’RE PALER SKINNED. I AM ACTUALLY ON THE FAIRER SIDE MYSELF. BUT WHY DOES THIS DOLL CREATE THIS FALSE IDEAL FOR YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE PROBABLY NOT AS FAIR? WHY THE FUCK CAN’T SHE BE DARKER SKINNED SO THAT LITTLE SOUTH ASIAN GIRLS CAN IDENTIFY WITH SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL INSTEAD OF FORCED INTO THINKING THEY’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH?

I’M PRETTY SURE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY COLOR OPTION ON THIS DOLL. SHE DOESN’T COME IN ANY OTHER SHADE THAN ‘ASHWAIRYA RAI EURO-CENTRIC WITH LIGHT EYES’.

DO YOU KNOW WHY THE FUCK PRODUCTS LIKE FAIR AND LOVELY EXIST?

BECAUSE OF THIS DOLL. BECAUSE OF THIS FUCKING DOLL. 

——

Okay, Kiskolee is done. Gah. Just. THIS ANGERS ME SO MUCH.

*deflates*

I’m on the dark-skinned side of the spectrum; and in the summer, I get a vicious joy out of boasting to south asian/wessindian friends/family that I am planning on staying out in the sun and getting super dark. Even darker than I am now.

Them: *GASP* WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO YOURSELF?!!? YOU’RE ALREADY SO…DARK! *RECOILS IN HORROR*

Me: -Kanye shrug- Guess I like being ugly! Amirite? Laters!

(Source: simply-sentimental, via deluxvivens-deactivated20130417)

February 25, 2012
the one word all brown people hate

baddominicana:

almondskeyes:

exotic

i used to like it. it made me feel special. before i realized that it actually means you are deviant from “normal”. and that the unspoken “norm” you are set up against happens to be a white one…

YES. I HATE IT SO MUCH.  I….SPIT ON IT.  

(Source: qawiya, via discovercat)

February 23, 2012

fuckyeahsouthasia:

Indian High Court Rules That the Decision to Abort a Pregnancy Rests with the Wife, Not the Husband

somepolitics:

In a significant decision, the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week ruled that the right to abort a pregnancy in a marriage rests with the wife and not husband.

“A woman is not a machine in which raw material is put and a finished product comes out. She should be mentally prepared to conceive, continue the same and give birth to a child. The unwanted pregnancy would naturally affect the mental health of the pregnant woman…” said the court.

Stressing that marital intimacy between a couple does not automatically translate to the woman’s consent to child bearing, Justice Jitendra Chauhan said, “Mere consent to conjugal rights does not mean consent to give birth to a child for her husband.” Welcoming the judgement, Jagmati Sanwan, All India Democratic Women’s Association national vice-president said, “If the family conditions are unsuitable, no woman would like to give birth to a child because after all, she is the one who takes care of the children for all practical purposes. We see around us that fathers often desert their families after a couple of deliveries. But children become a part and parcel of the mother’s physical and emotional world. She invests much into their well being and she alone suffers. Hence, the rights of whether to give birth or not, should be with her.”

Take note, America.

Keep making your stupid sitcoms and stupid movies and stupid ‘news’ reports that show how brown people revere your (white and/or Christian) country and that brown people are only ever backwards and ‘third world’ and dirty and simplistic and smelly and foolish and evil and hateful and hateable and moronic and mindless and comedy fodder and magical and naive.  Keep shoveling that into the hearts and minds of your US (or UK or Canadian or Australian) population. Keep going.

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December 21, 2011
First World Art Problems.

havecrayonswilltravel:

glockgal:

havecrayonswilltravel:

My sweet, coming of age story that was supposed to be about a little girl discovering the wonders of British India, magic and growing into herself is morphing into some horror fantasy beast.

WHOOPS.

I need a better resource for Hindu mythology than Wikipediaaaahhhhh.

LOL ‘wonders’ indeed. One wonders why the British are there.

Exploitative conquering fuckheads aside, I hadn’t actually decided whether I wanted to make it accurate and critical or slam on the rose colored glasses and do this with painfully obvious shades of Kipling (because damn personal responsibility, I like Kipling) before the crazy jilted lover showed up plotting to kill a house full of posh British people.

Which I’m not sure if that sort of addresses the issue right there or not…  But when a mythology gives you flesh eating, shape changing ghouls with venomous fingernails, you are pretty much obligated to find a way to work that into the story.

This mythology (and still very current and very alive religion AND culture) belongs to a billion + people in the world, and it’s distributed in a variety of ways depending on where you worship - but there is one story that threads the beauty of Hinduism as well as the ancient mythological aspects in all variations of Hinduism. It was written by Hindus, for Hindus with glorious Hindu heroes doing the battles with fantastic Hindu villains.   I’d recommend you reading The Ramayan.  There are a billion versions of this story - I read the comicbook as a child; I watched the televised series as a teenager; I read a random (and rather sexy) novelization and feasted my eyes on a beautiful graphic design version as an adult. It still brings tears to my eyes.  

Just make sure you don’t watch, like, Sita Sings the Blues, please. Or any other version depicted by people who think that Hinduism is just a kooky-cool myth with elephant gods and ten-headed demons and Kali-Ma and rakshas, available for white people to congratulate themselves for foraging through or mocking or playing with or consuming. The mythology is still pretty prevalent for modern Hindus.

(and as a kid I also read The Little Princess and all the other British depictions of ‘Hindoo’. That’s growin’ up colonialised for ya!)

December 18, 2011
First World Art Problems.

havecrayonswilltravel:

My sweet, coming of age story that was supposed to be about a little girl discovering the wonders of British India, magic and growing into herself is morphing into some horror fantasy beast.

WHOOPS.

I need a better resource for Hindu mythology than Wikipediaaaahhhhh.

LOL ‘wonders’ indeed. One wonders why the British are there.

November 26, 2011
slumdog millionare

beyondcloudnine:

fujicucumber:

tried watching it… watched it for a very long time.. but I just didn’t have the desire to finish it.

My dislike for India has only grown. the people there are disgusting in how they treat each other. wth.

whadahell…

Thank you, Danny Boyle: for making this film in all your smug British Empire white supremacy and then unleashing it onto millions of ignorant fools who are more than willing to swallow your racist ideals.

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November 23, 2011
[image: scan from book written in 1912, where the two characters exclaim over how cute it is to call chocolate fudge ‘pickaninny fudge’.]
bossymarmalade:

- The Mary Frances Cookbook, by Jane Eayre Fryer (Philadelphia, 1912)
Please note that at no point in the summary do they mention that the book has racist elements; it’s a “beautiful” book with a “lovely story line” that modern readers should “simply enjoy”.
It never ceases to bemuse me that, as a chromatic woman, white/Western people admire me for voraciously reading old-fashioned books and classic English literature — without understanding how much it costs me every time I digest these references to “heathen Hindoos” or “pickaninnies” or “rat-eating Chinee” and how long it’s taken me to vomit them from my system.
My relationship with white books is so often a mirror of my relationship with white people; I build up a devotion to them, these antique cookbooks and Sherlock Holmes stories and Louisa May Alcott novels, and then as I’m happily reading along I suddenly discover that my admiration is decidedly not mutual and this is what they think of me.  Things are never quite the same after that.

[image: scan from book written in 1912, where the two characters exclaim over how cute it is to call chocolate fudge ‘pickaninny fudge’.]

bossymarmalade:

- The Mary Frances Cookbook, by Jane Eayre Fryer (Philadelphia, 1912)

Please note that at no point in the summary do they mention that the book has racist elements; it’s a “beautiful” book with a “lovely story line” that modern readers should “simply enjoy”.

It never ceases to bemuse me that, as a chromatic woman, white/Western people admire me for voraciously reading old-fashioned books and classic English literature — without understanding how much it costs me every time I digest these references to “heathen Hindoos” or “pickaninnies” or “rat-eating Chinee” and how long it’s taken me to vomit them from my system.

My relationship with white books is so often a mirror of my relationship with white people; I build up a devotion to them, these antique cookbooks and Sherlock Holmes stories and Louisa May Alcott novels, and then as I’m happily reading along I suddenly discover that my admiration is decidedly not mutual and this is what they think of me.  Things are never quite the same after that.

November 18, 2011
criminalwisdom:

Homeless mom prepares her daughter for school

 CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 award winners. Several dozen additional entrants are posted in a gallery at the Telegraph.

(Source: TYWKIWDBI)

I used to wear a uniform like that for grade school. I don’t know how the above photo makes me feel.

criminalwisdom:

Homeless mom prepares her daughter for school

CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 award winners. Several dozen additional entrants are posted in a gallery at the Telegraph.

(Source: TYWKIWDBI)

I used to wear a uniform like that for grade school. I don’t know how the above photo makes me feel.

me

(Source: criminalwisdom)

November 16, 2011
unaguerrasinfondo:

 
Decolonize Geography : Caribbean
Jamaica -  Xaymaca (Taíno-Arawak)
Puerto Rico - Borikén or Borinquen (Taíno, meaning “Land of the Valiant Lord”)
Haiti/Dominican Republic - Haití (Taíno, meaning “Tall Mountain”. term referred to a region located on the island of Hispaniola and may have also been used to refer to the entire island.) 
Bahamas - Ba-ha-ma (possible Lucayan origen, meaning ‘large mupper middle land’) or Lucayo (Taíno name for Bahama islands and inhabitants.)
Cuba - Caobana (Taíno, meaning “Great Place”)
Grenada - Camerhogne (Kalinago)
Carriacou - Kayryoüacou or Cariouwacou (Kalinago, meaning ‘Island surrounded by reefs’)
Trinidad - Lëre or Lele (Kalinago meaning ‘Land of the Humingbird’)
Tobago - Tobago (Kalinago)
Barbados - Ichirouganami (Arawak)
Dominica - Wai’tu kubuli (Kalinago, meaning “Tall is her body”)
Martinique - Madinina (Kalinago, meaning “Land of Flowers”)
St. Lucia - Hiwanarau (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Iguana”)
St. Vincent - Hairoun (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Blessed”)
Bequia - Becoua (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Clouds”)
Canouan - Cannouan (Kalinago, meaning “Island of Turtles”)
Anguilla - Malliouhana (Arawak, meaning Arrow-Shaped Sea Serpent)
St. Martin - Soualiga (Arawak, meaning “Land of Salt”)
St. Barths - Ouanalao (Arawak)
Saba - Amonhana (Arawak)
St. Eustatious - Aloi (Arawak)
Saint Crioux - Ay Ay (Taíno)
Saint Kitts - Liamuiga (Kalinago, meaning “Fertile Land”)
Nevis - Oualle (Kalinago)
Montserrat - Alliouagana (Kalinago, meaning “Land of Prickly Bush”)
Barbuda - Wa’omoni (Kalinago)
Antigua - Wadadli (Kalinago, “Land of Fish Oil”)
Redonda - Ocananmanrou (Kalinago)
Guadeloupe - Karukera (Kalinago)
Marie-Galante - Aichi (Kalinago) or Touloukaera (Arawak)

unaguerrasinfondo:

Decolonize Geography : Caribbean

Jamaica -  Xaymaca (Taíno-Arawak)

Puerto Rico - Borikén or Borinquen (Taíno, meaning “Land of the Valiant Lord”)

Haiti/Dominican Republic - Haití (Taíno, meaning “Tall Mountain”. term referred to a region located on the island of Hispaniola and may have also been used to refer to the entire island.) 

Bahamas - Ba-ha-ma (possible Lucayan origen, meaning ‘large mupper middle land’) or Lucayo (Taíno name for Bahama islands and inhabitants.)

Cuba - Caobana (Taíno, meaning “Great Place”)

Grenada - Camerhogne (Kalinago)

Carriacou - Kayryoüacou or Cariouwacou (Kalinago, meaning ‘Island surrounded by reefs’)

Trinidad - Lëre or Lele (Kalinago meaning ‘Land of the Humingbird’)

Tobago - Tobago (Kalinago)

Barbados - Ichirouganami (Arawak)

Dominica - Wai’tu kubuli (Kalinago, meaning “Tall is her body”)

Martinique - Madinina (Kalinago, meaning “Land of Flowers”)

St. Lucia - Hiwanarau (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Iguana”)

St. Vincent - Hairoun (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Blessed”)

Bequia - Becoua (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Clouds”)

Canouan - Cannouan (Kalinago, meaning “Island of Turtles”)

Anguilla - Malliouhana (Arawak, meaning Arrow-Shaped Sea Serpent)

St. Martin - Soualiga (Arawak, meaning “Land of Salt”)

St. Barths - Ouanalao (Arawak)

Saba - Amonhana (Arawak)

St. Eustatious - Aloi (Arawak)

Saint Crioux - Ay Ay (Taíno)

Saint Kitts - Liamuiga (Kalinago, meaning “Fertile Land”)

Nevis - Oualle (Kalinago)

Montserrat - Alliouagana (Kalinago, meaning “Land of Prickly Bush”)

Barbuda - Wa’omoni (Kalinago)

Antigua - Wadadli (Kalinago, “Land of Fish Oil”)

Redonda - Ocananmanrou (Kalinago)

Guadeloupe - Karukera (Kalinago)

Marie-Galante - Aichi (Kalinago) or Touloukaera (Arawak)

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November 7, 2011
Unbelievable, but Undeniable: Genocide in Canada

ayiman:

I’m posting the whole thing here, as I believe this to be incredibly important and I want people to read it.  

This is the source

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater

I am moved to write this blog because of Minister Duncan’s outrageous remarks that residential schools were NOT cultural genocide. This has led to discussions about whether or not the murder, torture and abuse of Indigenous peoples in this country “qualifies” as genocide, given the more recent, and much more distant atrocities committed in countries like Rwanda. Rwanda gained international attention because upwards of 800,000 people died in less than a year by brutal means. The Srebenica genocide resulted in the murder of approximately 8,000 Bosnian men and women in 1995. The holocaust of millions of Jewish people is likely the most famous of all.

These events all took place far away from our shores in North America and allowed Canadians and Americans to point across the sea and shake their heads in horror and disgust. North Americans have been able to rewrite their own histories so that they don’t have to face the atrocities committed here at home. They have the benefit of majority power which means that their teachers speak of peace and friendship with the Indians, their priests speak of saving Indians, and their politicians speak of things like reconciliation. Meanwhile, the horrors committed against our peoples, which resulted in the largest genocide in the planet’s history is a story that never gets told.

As a lawyer, a professor and someone who does alot of public speaking about issues impacting our peoples, I am often faced with the question of whether genocide really happened here in North America (a place we call Turtle Island and includes Canada and the United States). When I answer unequivocally yes, the first reaction is usually - “You can’t seriously compare colonization with the vicious murders in Rwanda”? I agree - there is is no comparison. It was a different place, at a different time, with different methods and results. What I am saying is that what happened to our people on Turtle Island fits EVERY criteria of the international definition of genocide.

In 1948, after the atrocities committed against the Jewish people in WWII, the United Nations passed the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

http://www.un.org/millennium/law/iv-1.htm

The Convention declared that genocide was a crime in international law regardless of whether it was committed during a time of peace or war. Any punishment is NOT limited by time or place and there is no immunity for public bodies, government officials or individuals. They defined genocide as follows:

The Convention defines genocide as any of a number of acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group:

- killing the members of the group;

- causing serious bodily harm or mental harm to members of the group;

- deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

- imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and

- forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

That is not my definition - that is the definition by international law standards for which ALL nations are bound and Canada and the United States are no exceptions. Canada signed this Convention on November 28, 1949. The United States signed on December 11, 1948.

Thus, in order for an act to be considered genocide, it does not require that all components be present, nor does it require that the entire group be eliminated. However, in both Canada’s case and that of the United States, ALL components of genocide are present. Specifically here in Canada:

(1) killing members of the group

- the deliberate infecting of blankets with small pox and sending them to reserves;

- the enacting of scalping laws which encouraged settlers to kill and scalp Indians for a monetary reward;

- the deliberate infecting of Indigenous children with infectious diseases in residential schools which led to their deaths;

- the deliberate abuse, torture, starvation, and denial of medical care to Indigenous children forced to live at residential schools which resulted in as many as 40% dying in those schools;

- the killing of our people by police and military through starlight tours, tazering, severe beatings, and by unjustified shootings;

- the killing of our people resulted in severely reduced populations, and some Nations completely wiped out;

- in the US, some groups were exterminated by up to 98%;

(2) causing serious bodily harm or mental harm to the members of the group;

- think of the torture and abuse inflicted on Indigenous children in residential schools like sexual abuse, rape, sodomy, solitary confinement, denial of food and medical care, and severe beatings for speaking one’s language, etc;

- imagine the mental harm to Indigenous families and communities when their children were forcibly removed from them and left to die in residential schools;

- even when residential schools were starting to close, social workers in the 1960’s onward stole children and placed them out for adoption in non-Indigenous families;

- the torture and abuse of Indigenous peoples in order to force them to sign treaties and agreements;

- the loss of language, culture, traditions, practices, way of life, beliefs, world views, customs;

- the imposed divisions in families, communities and Nations through the Indian Act

(3) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

- think of the deliberate and chronic underfunding of essential social services on reserve like housing, water, food, sewer and other programs fundamental to the well-being of a people like education and health;

- the theft of all the lands and resources of Indigenous peoples and their subsequent confinement to small reserves where the law prevented them from leaving and providing for their families and so were left to starve on the rations provided by Canada;

- or the relocations of Indigenous communities from resource rich areas to swamp lands where they could not provide for themselves;

- Indian Affairs who divided large nations into small communities, located them physically away from one another,

- the Indian Act led to the physical separation of Indigenous women and children from their communities through the Act’s assimilatory registration provisions;

(4) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

the forced sterilizations of Indigenous women and men, most notably in Alberta and British Columbia;

- the Indian Act’s discriminatory registration provisions which prevent the descendants of Indigenous women who married non-Indian men to be recognized as members of their community thus keeping their births from being recognized as part of the group;

- the discriminatory INAC policy which prevents the children of unwed mothers from registering their children as Indians and part of their communities (unstated and unknown paternity);

(5) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group

- the long history of residential schools which had an express stated purpose - “to KILL the Indian in the child” and to ensure that there were no more Indians in Canada;

- the 60’s scoop which saw the mass removal of Indigenous children from their homes and adopted permanently into non-Indigenous homes;

- the prevention of children from being members in their communities due to the discriminatory Indian Act registration provisions;

- the current high rate of children removed from their families which out numbers residential schools and 60’s scoop combined.

Unfortunately, I could provide many more examples, but there is no need to do so when what is listed above more than meets the definition of genocide. So, when the Minister of Indian Affairs says that residential schools were NOT a form of cultural genocide, he is not only undoing what good the public residential schools apology did, but he is denying all of the horrors committed by Canada on our peoples - in essence, he is denying our lived realities.

Watch the clips of Minister Duncan on APTN’s InFocus show that we just did on Nov.4, 2011 on the issue of assimilation and genocide in Canada:

Part 1 of APTN InFocus:

http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2011/11/04/november-4th-part-1/

Part 2:

http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2011/11/04/november-4th-%e2%80%93-part-2/

I find it hard to believe that while the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is going around Canada, that the Minister of Indian Affairs would be so disrespectful. Not only were residential schools “lethal” for some languages, cultures and family relations, it was literally “lethal” for almost half the children that attended. How much more lethal would he want it to be? 60%, 70%, 80%?

The Prime Minister should immediately remove Minister Duncan from his position. That won’t happen of course, because the Conservative government STILL has a policy objective of assimilating Indians. The Indian Act’s registration provisions are modern day evidence of that.

I invite you all to watch the documentary entitled: The Canary Effect. It is only one hour long, but is very difficult to watch. It hurts the spirit in so many ways and I imagine will be difficult for uninformed non-Indigenous people to accept. While it relates primarily to genocide against our Indigenous peoples in the United States, much of what is said applies equally in Canada.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/canary-effect/

We are in the fight of our lives and we need to turn the tide of this war around. We have to stop blaming ourselves and believing the lies that we were told. We are not inferior, we are not genetically pre-disposed to dysfunction, our men are not better than our women, and we certainly did not EVER consent to genocide against our people. All the dysfunction, addictions, ill health, suicides, male domination and violence is all the result of what Canada did to us. We are not each others’ enemies. We have to forgive ourselves for being colonized - none of that is who we really are as Indigenous peoples.

Our people are beautiful, proud, strong, and resilient. We honour our ancestors by surviving. Now we have to honour our future generations by thriving. Our children carry our ancestors in their hearts and minds. They carry the strength, honour and passion of our ancestors in their blood. Our generation must find a way, despite all the barriers in our way, to love, support and nurture our children so that we can rise up and take back our sovereignty, our honour, and our future.

Our children will still go through the pain of knowing what has been done and is currently done to our people by Canada, and all the dysfunction that it has created, but maybe they will finally know where to direct the anger and stop turning it inward and hurting themselves. That anger can be focused into passion which can then be channelled into action for our people.

Our future depends on our children loving themselves and having hope. We can’t ever let them lose that. Canada may want us to disappear, but we don’t have to let it happen.

All my relations…

The willful genocide is still happening - remember the H1N1 virus scare in 2009?  Yeah, the federal government’s solution for Manitoba reservations wasn’t getting flu shots out there or even just flu education to prepare them - it was to send body bags.  THE HARPER GOVERNMENT SENT BODY BAGS TO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AS A SOLUTION TO A PREVENTABLE ILLNESS.  

How do non-Native Canadians still find ways to be racist against Indigenous people?  HOW? 

September 16, 2011

paradiscacorbasi:

“Centuries later, what can Thanksgiving Day mean to Native peoples? Thank you for stealing our land? Thank you for wiping out our people? Thank you for placing a remnant of our once great numbers on rural ghettoes called ‘reservations?’ Thank you for abolishing most of the ancient traditions? Thank you for poisoning what little Indian lands remain with uranium? Thank you for poisoning the lands now inhabited by the whites? Thank you for letting Indians fight in American wars against other people? Thanks. The real tragedy is that millions of Americans don’t know, and don’t want to know about Indian history and traditions. Today, the names of rivers, lakes, and landmarks bear indigenous markers of another age. The people, except for an occasional movie, are mostly forgotten; out of mind. The easier to replace with false images of happy meals, and turkey dinners. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Mumia Abu Jamal, “Some Who Feel No Reason for Thanksgiving” (via callhergreen)

To anyone feeling whiny/bitter/’get over it’ from the inconvenience of guilt:

My fam does the whole get-together thing for (Canadian) Thanksgiving - which, btw, is no less of a false image than the American version.  It’s not so much the gathering that is wrong; I mean, people need reasons to gather and eat during winter months in the US and Canada.  I think what’s awful is to pretend that it’s all about a wonderful and idealistic history, instead of being aware of the actual, historical whats and hows, respecting our real past and all the people who were displaced and marginalized in order for us to have this luxury of Thanksgiving.  

Trust me - awareness and respect for other humans does not ’spoil’ the fun of Thanksgiving. The holiday has been whitewashed and it is fake. It needs to be redefined.

(via skyliting)

September 15, 2011
"What we did is, we made up 5000 resumes: on half of them we put an African American name, on half of them we put a white name. Otherwise, the resumes were exactly the same. Then we sent them out. Which got called back more? What we found was that the same resume, when it had an African American name, was 33% less likely to get an interview than when it had a white name. So if a white person is searching for a job for ten weeks, an equivalently skilled African American person will be searching for fifteen weeks. Those are five long weeks if you’re unemployed."

Dr. Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard University Professor of Economics, Freakonomics (via cocknbull)

When I was trying to get a job in Harrow London, I knew the irony of applying for a job with my ‘white-sounding’ name on my faxed resume and my ‘white-sounding’ voice on the phone, and then showing up brown-and-proud for the interview.  I could see the surprise on the interviewer’s face.

Think I was overreacting? Months later when we needed to hire someone else, he specifically told me and my (Brit-born Sri Lankan) supervisor ‘try not to hire more Asians’.  

On a more complex level, this is why being a model minority is such a big deal for the West Indians.

(Source: creatorbreakdown, via madamethursday)

September 8, 2011
Danny Glover's Haiti film lacked 'white heroes', producers said

rosaflora:

US actor Danny Glover, who plans an epic next year on Haitian independence hero Toussaint-Louverture, said he slaved to raise funds for the movie because financiers complained there were no white heroes.

“Producers said ‘It’s a nice project, a great project… where are the white heroes?’” he told the press during a stay in Paris this month for a seminar on film.

“I couldn’t get the money here, I couldn’t get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. You wouldn’t believe the number of producers based in Europe, and in the States, that I went to,” he said.

”The first question you get, is ‘Is it a black film?’ All of them agree, it’s not going to do good in Europe, it’s not going to do good in Japan.

“Somebody has to prove that to be a lie!”, he said. “Maybe I’ll have the chance to prove it.”

“Toussaint,” Glover’s first project as film director, is about Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), a former slave and one of the fathers of Haiti’s independence from France in 1804, making it the first black nation to throw off imperial rule and become a republic.

The uprising he led was bloodily put down in 1802 by 20,000 soldiers dispatched to the Caribbean by Napoleon Bonaparte, who then re-established slavery after its ban by the leaders of the French Revolution.

Due to be shot in Venezuela early next year, the film will star Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett.

When even an exceptional actor line-up like that still makes producers demand white heroes?  Y’think maybe discrimination in Hollywood actually exists? Y’think?  

Honestly, I’d love to hear the ‘reasons’ and ‘arguments’ to defend this. I’ve removed myself from the general internet jackassery of ignorant white supremacists, so I’m kinda rusty on what derailing tactic they’ll use to justify this type of financial and corporate racism as a) reasonable; b) me overreacting; c) not racism somehow in some special way.

That said, I AM EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE, A LOT. 

(Source: fuckyeahmarxismleninism)

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