The President and Provost of NU claim to speak for the entire University in their support of an apartheid state. According to their ideology, “academic freedom and advancing scholarship” take priority over the human rights of Palestinians— and the academic freedom of Palestinian scholars as well. Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions is not about ‘viewpoints’, it’s about addressing the expendability of Palestinians under Israeli rule.
Northwestern University is a settler colonial institution. The global is the colonial. #NoMoreMorty

The President and Provost of NU claim to speak for the entire University in their support of an apartheid state. According to their ideology, “academic freedom and advancing scholarship” take priority over the human rights of Palestinians— and the academic freedom of Palestinian scholars as well. Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions is not about ‘viewpoints’, it’s about addressing the expendability of Palestinians under Israeli rule.

Northwestern University is a settler colonial institution. The global is the colonial. #NoMoreMorty

cd-fish asked: Wait.... Please correct my misunderstanding if I'm incorrect in my interpretation, but are you saying reverse racism is a thing...? (Re: your reblog of the NA and snow meme)

I am not saying that.

zelinkfangrrl:

Can I say something about this, please?
I get the whole “White people/Europeans stole our land” kind of deal, and back then that’s basically what happened. Yes, that is true. And yes, now  those Europeans and settlers descendants’ are now residing on the precious, sacred turtle Island that we so happily inhabited…
But those descendents [racist or not…] have every right to be here as we do; they were born here like we were, and this land is the only land they know… Just like us. They can’t control what their ancestors did anymore than we can stop the sun from rising. Yes, there are some VERRRRY racist people. But racists AREN’T just white. I have in fact met some VEERY racist Native Americans who are even racist to Native Americans. And there are very lovely Caucasian people as well who are not racist at all, and actually treat First Nations like human beings and do idle no more rallies with us, and stand up for us when bigots are being dickwads. :)
And as for the snow thing… No. Just no. I realize that this person is trying to be humorous in a sort of sick way, but no.
What about in the case of Inuit peoples? White people reside on their land as well, but do you think they hate snow?
No. 
Snow [in the areas and tribes to which it applies] is a very special thing. Sacred, even. It is a gift. I don’t think it’s respectful to associate it with something [in this case in which the person intends] racist and mean.
I think I can say this for all tribes that when we were young back in the days were taught about respect. Respect I believe in all tribes was extremely important. This isn’t respectful. Granted that North America’s governments and it’s employees can be [and are] corrupt and racist to First Nations in SOOO many ways.
Yes, we have been terribly mistreated and continue to be. Yes, there are some very racist Caucasian people. Yes snow is white and tends to be on the land every year. But don’t be racist back. Don’t clump in the racists altogether in with the Caucasian race as a whole, because they are not the same thing.
In order for us to heal, we need to try to get along and be kind to each other. Isn’t that what us NDN’s were taught by the grandfathers? To be kind and respectful? If we are not, then are we any better than the racists and the people who mistreat us? We have to acknowledge the past, but not forget it or let it cloud. We have to correct the racist people with dialogue and knowledge, not hate such as they had directed to us. People are being racist not always because it is in their nature; but because the real bad guys [corrupt politicians for instance] are controlling the media and making sure that nothing bad they do to us gets out, or they sugar coat it, and use propaganda for the cherry on top of the racist cupcake. Some people are dumb. Some people are ignorant. Some people are naïve, and the rest are racist. THOSE are the people who say mean things, but because they are being told the wrong things. We must be kind and correct that. TELL them what’s really going on, and then leave them alone. 
I thank you for listening… I’m sorry if you’ve taken any of what I said to offense, because I know this picture wasn’t necessarily supposed to be an all-serious type of thing. It was just a joke… But this is making the rest of us look bad.

This is an important critique, I hope everybody sees it and thinks about it. How do we go about engaging with all aspects of settler colonialism in a good way? What is detrimental to peace? What do you think are the issues with the image I found online and posted, and the larger discourse it is a part of?

zelinkfangrrl:

Can I say something about this, please?

I get the whole “White people/Europeans stole our land” kind of deal, and back then that’s basically what happened. Yes, that is true. And yes, now  those Europeans and settlers descendants’ are now residing on the precious, sacred turtle Island that we so happily inhabited…

But those descendents [racist or not…] have every right to be here as we do; they were born here like we were, and this land is the only land they know… Just like us. They can’t control what their ancestors did anymore than we can stop the sun from rising. Yes, there are some VERRRRY racist people. But racists AREN’T just white. I have in fact met some VEERY racist Native Americans who are even racist to Native Americans. And there are very lovely Caucasian people as well who are not racist at all, and actually treat First Nations like human beings and do idle no more rallies with us, and stand up for us when bigots are being dickwads. :)

And as for the snow thing… No. Just no. I realize that this person is trying to be humorous in a sort of sick way, but no.

What about in the case of Inuit peoples? White people reside on their land as well, but do you think they hate snow?

No.

Snow [in the areas and tribes to which it applies] is a very special thing. Sacred, even. It is a gift. I don’t think it’s respectful to associate it with something [in this case in which the person intends] racist and mean.

I think I can say this for all tribes that when we were young back in the days were taught about respect. Respect I believe in all tribes was extremely important. This isn’t respectful. Granted that North America’s governments and it’s employees can be [and are] corrupt and racist to First Nations in SOOO many ways.

Yes, we have been terribly mistreated and continue to be. Yes, there are some very racist Caucasian people. Yes snow is white and tends to be on the land every year. But don’t be racist back. Don’t clump in the racists altogether in with the Caucasian race as a whole, because they are not the same thing.

In order for us to heal, we need to try to get along and be kind to each other. Isn’t that what us NDN’s were taught by the grandfathers? To be kind and respectful? If we are not, then are we any better than the racists and the people who mistreat us? We have to acknowledge the past, but not forget it or let it cloud. We have to correct the racist people with dialogue and knowledge, not hate such as they had directed to us. People are being racist not always because it is in their nature; but because the real bad guys [corrupt politicians for instance] are controlling the media and making sure that nothing bad they do to us gets out, or they sugar coat it, and use propaganda for the cherry on top of the racist cupcake. Some people are dumb. Some people are ignorant. Some people are naïve, and the rest are racist. THOSE are the people who say mean things, but because they are being told the wrong things. We must be kind and correct that. TELL them what’s really going on, and then leave them alone. 

I thank you for listening… I’m sorry if you’ve taken any of what I said to offense, because I know this picture wasn’t necessarily supposed to be an all-serious type of thing. It was just a joke… But this is making the rest of us look bad.

This is an important critique, I hope everybody sees it and thinks about it. How do we go about engaging with all aspects of settler colonialism in a good way? What is detrimental to peace? What do you think are the issues with the image I found online and posted, and the larger discourse it is a part of?

Anonymous asked: Who was the person/book that wrote the quote If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them. If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years. Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start. The American Dre

Haha that was just me, not a book

"Intern(ment)/ship", awesome NU campus graffiti

"Intern(ment)/ship", awesome NU campus graffiti

Transforming American Indians into a minority within a country of minorities is the fait accompli of the colonial project that disappears sovereignty, land rights, and self-governance as American Indians are finally, if not quite fully, assimilated into the United States.

Jodi Byrd

The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism, 137

As indigenous people struggle for agency and authority on their own lands through discourses of antecedent and originary rights, such articulations are perceived by others as exclusionary, essentialist, and counter to a pluralistic society that proffers indigenous peoples cohabitation within a liberal nation-state on the lands that had been stolen from them as remediation for their ongoing colonization. What is seen and what is said, what is heard and not heard continue to haunt the imagined posts of settler colonialisms in the Americas.

Jodi Byrd

The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism, 113

One reason why a ‘postracial’ and just democratic society is a lost cause in the United States is that it is always already conceived through the prior disavowed and misremembered colonization of indigenous lands that cannot be ended by further inclusion or more participation.

Jodi Byrd

The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism

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