mobilehomecoming:

We survive our love because we go on loving.
-June Jordan “Grand Army Plaza”
#pridepassionjune

mobilehomecoming:

We survive our love because we go on loving.

-June Jordan “Grand Army Plaza”

#pridepassionjune

You can view Precious Knowledge in full online now, and I really must insist you watch it. As a student and teacher of ethnic studies - black studies in particular (with an emphasis on global indigeneity and settler colonialism, something my field has to catch up to or risk alienating itself from other people of colour and forms of ethnic studies) - I have watched students come to consciousness through conversations in our classrooms, my office, and with their peers. They taught me a lot too. I couldn’t imagine where I would be without ethnic studies as a learner or teacher - probably not writing, probably not dedicated to social justice with many languages to speak of it and many ways of knowing it. 

I would not be able to practice and encourage self-love and self-care because I would never have been taught that love is a political act and is legitimate knowledge. I would not be able to recognize the essential nature of radical empathy because I would never have been taught that empathy is a political act and is legitimate knowledge. I would not be able to imagine the world I want to see, because I would never have been taught that my imagination is a political act and is legitimate knowledge. So you see, I would never have been able to come to myself without ethnic studies. And I know my students have all felt the same. It’s worth everything.

afrolez:

On Friday, April 13, 2012, The Feminist Wire, of which I am a member of its Editorial Collective, published “To Be Anti-Racist Is To Be Feminist: The Hoodie and The Hijab Are Not Equals,” by Adele Wilde-Blavatsky, who is also a U.K. -based member of the Editorial Collective. A link to…

afrolez:

On Friday, April 13, 2012, The Feminist Wire, of which I am a member of its Editorial Collective, published “To Be Anti-Racist Is To Be Feminist: The Hoodie and The Hijab Are Not Equals,” by Adele Wilde-Blavatsky, who is also a U.K. -based member of the Editorial Collective. A link to…

ssitara:

http://thefeministwire.com/2012/04/a-collective-response-to-to-be-anti-racist-is-to-be-feminist-the-hoodie-and-the-hijab-are-not-equals/

The Feminist Wire supports our writers’ prerogative to take unpopular positions on important matters. However, from time to time, members of the…

Love love love the incredibly response and support of our letter. So grateful to those who contributed suggestions and offered their signatures. And equally grateful to the love and caring cultivation of a more productive and honest conversation about race, religion and feminisms that is happening now!

(Source: chupnaraho, via crunkfeministcollective)

sisterwolf:

Jaquelux, in Le Sourire, 1929. ALGERIENNE AUX YEUX PALES

sisterwolf:

Jaquelux, in Le Sourire, 1929. ALGERIENNE AUX YEUX PALES

(via bintbattuta)

"Today marks the 50th anniversary of the "French-Algerian Massacre," when at least 200 Algerians living in Paris were killed by French police and another 11,000 or so were arrested while protesting for Algerian independence from France.

 

Nabila Ramdani (in The Guardian) reminds us that “many of the killers had been Nazi collaborators who learned their crowd control methods from the Gestapo” and not much has changed in terms of the living conditions and treatment of French-Algerians living in Paris today. Curfews in the banlieues (some of which were the sites of massive protest in 2005), unemployment, police brutality and abuse of the old Algerian war legislation prevent Algerian citizens of France from living freely.

The last time I was in Paris was during the 2006 World Cup (I was cheering on Zidane and my French is much better than my German). I had gone out with some friends who lived in Les Ulis, a banlieue which ironically houses many corporate headquarters. After a few hours of post-match euphoria, I decided it was time to go home … only to be informed that we were locked in the neighborhood for the evening…”

(Read the rest by clicking the link above)

OccupyBoston is doing things right. I wish OccupyWallStreet, LA, etc. would also pay attention and give respect to those who have 500 years worth of knowledge in regards to being occupied and oppressed.

Occupy Whatever

At the very start of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement I expressed my concerns* about the inclusivity of such a protest. I shared the concerns of many others: that the “occupation” is a tactic not yet attached to a fully realized campaign, that Wall Street itself is not being “occupied” and that even those of us who organize on consensus-based models recognize the absolute need of affinity groups for the (legal) protection of the whole.

However, as a woman of colour my primary concern is the mirroring of what many a ‘popular’ movements of this nature (anti-war and labor, for instance) always struggle through in their beginnings – an ambivalence regarding the structural inequalities that feed into capitalism, the military-industrial complex and imperialism. While the protesters near Wall Street have not explicitly stated an anti-capitalist agenda (because no consensus has been reached in an effort to respect the so-called 99%), it is quite clear that those in Manhattan and the countless other cities in which these “occupations” are taking place have no interest in anti-colonial and anti-racist organizing. There is little analysis, besides from a few brave people of colour on the ground, about the long history of conquest, genocide and racial inequity that have built the very capitalist structure these “occupiers” are protesting. Many chants and signs are explicitly nationalist and celebrate settler colonialism – “Let’s take back our country!” “This is our land!” “We are the 99%!”

Who is the 99%? The white women who were unjustly attacked by the illustrious NYPD? The mostly white onlookers who recorded video of these attacks and uploaded them onto youtube.com, prompting the still-sluggish mainstream media to address the “occupation”? Or are they the undocumented workers who cannot be photographed or videotaped for fear of immediate reprisals? The indigenous peoples whose land is doubly occupied? Women and queer people of colour who are daily harassed, beaten, raped and killed at home and in the street by cop and citizen alike? Refugees from the hundreds of nations the United States occupies militarily or economically? Immigrants who fled countries controlled by multinational corporations and U.S.-backed dictators only to realize they’re in the belly of the beast (and are the sole recipients of “random searches”) ? Troy Davis? (And no – white people with “I Am Troy Davis” signs – you are NOT, nor ever will be, Troy Davis.)

At the “Occupy Los Angeles” protest, I did not feel like I was the 99%. Every time I or another person of colour opened our mouths, a white face would pop up to scold us for being ‘divisive’ or ‘missing the point.’ When a young white man said, “We can’t let the LAPD run this, we need to get out there and push back!” he was informed that his white, male body gave him privileges with the police that many of didn’t have. He responded, “WELL in EGYPT…” and continued to condescend to us that getting arrested was for the ‘greater good.’ [“I’m from Egypt and let me tell you somethin…”] When an older white man was told not to take photos of our contingent, he grew angry and yelled, “I can do what I want! This is our country and it’s free!”

The privileges of citizenship and maleness are not only limited to white men, however. I informed a group discussing tactics that I was deeply uncomfortable with the language of “occupation,” given that non-indigenous settlers occupy all these lands. It was three black men who took offense with that. They informed me, “WE know what oppression is. WE are black. What are YOU?” [Questioning the identity of mixed-race dissenters as a tactic of solidarity? Good one.] Oh Lord, and even the white woman who told a Muslimah wearing a hijab, “We SO want more people [read: people of colour] to join us! You should bring more people with you!” [As usual, people of colour are supposed to report dutifully to white organizers. God forbid white folks ever join our movements.]

The 99% in Los Angeles sung “This land is our land” together as those of us who are or are allied with indigenous peoples turned to leave. You see, women and queer people of colour who spoke out are not supposed to be part of the 99%. We are not nationalistic enough to pretend these imagined borders are real. We are not silent enough to let ‘the people’ organize ‘in solidarity.’ We are not middle-class enough to keep quiet about the millions of workers who remain non-union and taken advantage of in this country and outside of it. We are not white enough to ignore the nearly 500-year long spread of capital through the barrel of the many guns. And for myself? I’m sorry to disappoint those calling for “critiques with love,” but I sure as shit want no part of the “occupation” at this point.*** After all – what has history taught us about the aftermath of occupation?**

*http://sophiaisthecolor.tumblr.com/post/10666989845/occupyla

**See the United States of America, Canada, every country in the Caribbean, Palestine, etc.

***I do have much love and respect for people of colour and white allies who continue to speak up about these issues in their respective cities. I myself can no longer bear the burden of explaining the privilege bound up in these “occupations” to people who don’t want to listen. It is exhausting. For those of you with energy left - thank you.