Listening to someone with hella privilege justify “apathy”.
What I have called mimicry is not the familiar exercise of dependent colonial relations through narcissistic identification so that, as Fanon has observed, the black man stops being an actional person for only the white man can represent his self-esteem. Mimicry conceals no presence or identity behind its mask: it is not what Usaire describes as ‘colonization-thingification’ behind which there stands the essence of the présence Africaine. The menace of mimicry is its double vision which in disclosing the ambivalence of colonial discourse also disrupts its authority. And it is a double vision that is a result of what I’ve described as the partial representation/ recognition of the colonial object. Grant’s colonial as partial imitator, Macaulay’s translator, Naipaul’s colonial politician as play- actor, Decoud as the scene setter of the opéra bouffe of the New World, these are the appropriate objects of a colonialist chain of command, authorized versions of otherness. But they are also, as I have shown, the figures of a doubling, the part-objects of a metonymy of colonial desire which alienates the modality and normality of those dominant discourses in which they emerge as ‘inappropriate’ colonial subjects. A desire that, through the repetition of partial presence, which is the basis of mimicry, articulates those disturbances of cultural, racial and historical difference that menace the narcissistic demand of colonial authority. It is a desire that reverses ‘in part’ the colonial appropriation by now producing a partial vision of the colonizer’s presence; a gaze of otherness, that shares the acuity of the genealogical gaze which, as Foucault describes it, liberates marginal elements and shatters the unity of man’s being through which he extends his sovereignty.
Homi K. Bhabha “The Location of Culture,” 1994.
My connection to the universe allows me to empathize with people and help those in need, or to make life easier for people. Spirituality and activism are the same thing because I believe that we are connected to each other through spirit. Being accountable to everyone, honoring that connection is part of being one with the universe and that’s what sustains me. We’re here together.Jurina, in an interview with Manju Rajendran, Isabell Moore, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs for Left Turn’s “Collective Soul” issue (via dearsensatewitness)
We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.Ralph Waldo Emerson
and/or do you desire information/resources on how to deal with the fbi harassing folks in our towns?
it has come to our attention that the fbi has not only been harassing anarchists, but also people in various subcultural scenes. we know of over 2 dozen encounters with the fbi in olympia, seattle and portland over the past week…and that is only the ones we’ve heard of! people have been approached at work, at school, in their home, walking down the street, in cafes, jogging in parks, etc. almost every single person was asked to talk about may day and were asked to identify names and/or photos of people. the response has been overwhelmingly encouraging; the feds have had waves of silence, hindering their investigation. our resistance to the feds must be unified and must cross political and subcultural lines.
some of us affected by the fbi presence decided to set up an e-mail address to gather and share information on the current state repression. if you want more information, if you have been contacted by the fbi, if you just need someone to talk to…please contact us at silenceisstrength at riseup dot net
some materials to have handy in times like this…