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-Peter Gelderloos, Why Nonviolence Protects the State- Nonviolence is Racist (via fuckyeahradicalquotes)
REBLOGGING FOREVER! USING VIOLENCE (OR TALKING ABOUT IT AS AN OPTION) DOES NOT MAKE YOU OPPRESSIVE!
Once again a white American dude tries to act like he knows something of the world, and once again gets it completely wrong.
Nonviolence doesn’t entail privilege, nonviolence simply entails an audience. Read up on Arundhati Roy and other non-Western activists of color — us folks who actually KNOW and have had to survive this genocidal shit.
And while an audience can be a luxury, that is not a conversation that pasty Westerners like Peter Gelderloos get to dictate or even interject in. Yall really going to let some cracker ass European settler get away with branding Indians who overthrew British tyranny and African-Americans imprisoned and assassinated by white supremacy as ‘privileged people’?
LOL manarchists and their desperation for sublimating puerile white boy rage into ‘activism’ that conveniently erases the hell out of struggles they can’t even imagine.
Yeah, and the ship sailed from Kolkata in Bengal, which suffered a genocidal famine in WWII because the British were extracting so much capital from it. And who got the recovered silver in the end? The fucking British government.
[T]he ‘Bering Strait Theory’ has never graduated beyond being a theory…
The Bering Strait Myth is not so much science as it is politics. Much objective modern science in the past several decades has even suggested that it is highly questionable if there ever was a so-called ‘land-bridge’, or ‘ice-bridge’ as some have defined it. Yes, that’s right, from an in-depth, intensive non-politically affected and unbiased scientific study of earth history, countless scientists (mostly non-American) have concluded that there most likely never was a ‘land-bridge’! When I was young, it was ‘12,000 years ago’ when Indians supposedly migrated over the ‘land-bridge’ into this continent. Over the years, I have watched this number go up from 12,000 years, to 20,000 years, and now in recent print, I have begun to see the number placed at over 30,000 years! It seems that scientists just move the number back whenever something Indian is discovered that pre-dates their Bering Strait migration figure! I can tell you this, science does not have the market cornered on fact, nor on truth.
First…. Many Indigenous Nations have calendars which have been counting the years for a very long time. I am aware that the calendar of the Mohawk Indian Nation has been counting the winters for over 33,120 years. This pre-dates the so-called ‘land-bridge’ of the Bering Strait theory, unless, of course, the Bering Strait scientists decide to move their interestingly illusive time period for “early migration” of Indians back to 40,000 years! Many American Indian early histories tell of events that took place on this Turtle continent (North America) long before any so-called ice age. But, for political reasons, these histories have been mostly ignored. You see, the Bering Strait, in truth, is a theory that was born of the politics and propaganda of early America. In the midst of the American ‘Manifest Destiny’ social climate, the Bering Strait theory provided a ‘scientific’ means to justify the taking of ancestral Indian lands. In short, the mythical theory eased the conscience, as it was a way for land hungry immigrants to believe that, because Indian people were only ‘recent inhabitants’ of this land , it was not really their ‘homeland’. Therefore Indians were, in their minds, not any more the ‘original people’ of this land than they were. This was, and still is, the political power of the infamous ‘Bering Strait theory’.
Continuing…. The Bering Strait theory would have us believe that all of North America was uninhabited by human beings of any kind until the supposed ‘ice age’. The theory contends that all the ancestors of American Indians originated in Siberia. Factual history of the ancient people of Siberia in those times indicates that these people had plenty to eat, were very settled into their communities, and the land they lived on. The Bering Strait theory wants us to believe that countless thousands of people from these well established communities in Siberia, despite the fact that they had everything they needed, just left it all behind to head north into a frozen tundra to ‘chase and hunt game’ (which, by the way, also decided for some crazy reason to leave their rich marshlands and head for the ice). It is certainly possible that a handful of ancient Siberian people over the course of thousands of years may have found their way into the northern parts of North America. The Inuit cultures of Alaska may well carry an ancient connection with these people in their bloodlines. But this does not in any way negate the foolishness of the notion that North America was entirely devoid of humanity, and then suddenly became populated entirely by Siberians wandering across a so-called frozen ice bridge.
…I think it is very important to note that this myth is still identified today as a theory, not a fact. A theory is defined as: “an offered opinion which may not positively be true.” Yet this theory is taught in schools still today as if it were the gospel truth. It is far from the truth, and the time for it to be removed from lessons about American Indian people is long overdue."
Before the U.S. attacks other countries, it tests its weapons on indigenous peoples in the Americas; military and nuclear testing also takes place almost exclusively on Native lands. Native women have been disproportionately impacted by nuclear testing in the Pacific Islands and on the Nevada test site on Shoshone land. In Canada, the Inuit have been subjected to NATO war exercises that have been wreaking environmental havoc where they live. The 18,000 low-level flights that taken place each year over Inuit land create so much noise they disrupt the wildlife and destroy the hearing of the Inuit. In addition, oil falls from the jets and poisons their water supply. Since the Inuit depend on wildlife for their subsistence, flights threaten their existence. Two jets that crashed contained an extremely toxic substance, hydrazine, but NATO was not required to publish any results of the study regarding the potential effects of this crash. NATO considers the Inuit to be expendable causalities, as illustrated by one of its promotional brochures:
Canada’s Department of Defense has disregarded any complaints of the Inuit, arguing that any negative health effects can be attributed to poor nutrition.One can spend a one-hour mission at low-level and never see another human being. The only humans are occasional Inuit families who hunt and fish out of small camps on a seasonal basis.
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