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Haiti’s small, black, Creole pigs were at the heart of the peasant economy. An extremely hearty breed, well adapted to Haiti’s climate and conditions, they ate readily-available waste products, and could survive for three days without food. Eighty to 85% of rural households raised pigs; they played a key role in maintaining the fertility of the soil and constituted the primary savings bank of the peasant population. Traditionally a pig was sold to pay for emergencies and special occasions (funerals, marriages, baptisms, illnesses and, critically, to pay school fees and buy books for the children when school opened…)

In 1982 international agencies assured Haiti’s peasants their pigs were sick and had to be killed (so that the illness would not spread to countries to the North). Promises were made that better pigs would replace sick pigs. With an efficiency not since seen among development projects, all of the Creole pigs were killed over a period of thirteen months.

Two years later the new, better pigs came from Iowa. They were so much better that they required clean drinking water (unavailable to 80% of the Haitian population), imported feed (costing $90 a year when the per capita income was about $130), and special roofed pigpens.… Adding insult to injury, the meat did not taste as good. Needless to say, the repopulation program was a complete failure. One observer of the process estimated that in monetary terms peasants lost $600 million dollars. There was a 30% drop in enrollment in rural schools, there was a dramatic decline in protein consumption in rural Haiti, a devastating decapitalization of the peasant economy and an incalculable negative impact on Haiti’s soil and agricultural productivity. The Haitian peasantry has not recovered to this day.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Eyes of the Heart; Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization, (Common Courage Press, 2000), pp. 13-15

^ FYI, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was a popular democratically elected president of Haiti who was then overthrown, alledgedy with the help of the CIA.

(another quote about how Haiti was fucked over by international financial agencies can be found here)

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mehreenkasana
Historian William Blum recently documented that, since 1945, the US has attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, has grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries and has dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 others.

Passage to Ecuador: Chomsky, Assange, sham justice, sham democracies. (via London Progressive Journal)

Iraq has been torn to pieces by sectarianism since the US invasion and occupation, Libya is in turmoil in the aftermath of NATO intervention, Pakistan is being destabilised and a proxy war is being stoked by the US and its allies in Syria.

Filed under: Not surprised.

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They don’t hate us ‘cause we’re free. They hate us ‘cause we invaded their countries, gave their governments to the guys who promised to give us commodities, then sucked their land dry of any natural resources. Oh, and then tried to kill the people who tried to get their countries back.

And now there’s anywhere from two to four generations of people who hate the US for reasons we don’t even want to acknowledge, and they may not even have been taught.

But yeah. ‘Murica.

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Anyone who is interested in this phenomenon of American interference should read Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer.  It’s as fascinating and informative as it is horrifying.

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thesavagesalad:

mehreenkasana:


The descendants of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, who was forced to hand over the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria, will on Monday launch a court action for his body and possessions to be returned to India
[…]
The jewel is currently mounted in the crown of the Queen Consort, last worn by the late Queen Mother.

The family is also seeking the return of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s golden throne and for both to be kept at the Golden Temple, the centre of the Sikh faith, in Amrtisar, India.


Their case reopens a controversial chapter in British colonial history that still arouses strong passions in India, particularly in Punjab, where Sikhs regard the exile of Duleep Singh and his “gift” of the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria in 1850 as a national humiliation.
[continued]



“Our property was confiscated by British rule. This letter establishes us as the rightful heirs of Duleep Singh and we want to get back his remains and his other belongings to the Golden Temple,” Jaswinder Singh Sandhanwalia told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.
More power to the Singh family for taking back what belongs to them. Kicking imperialism and colonialism’s collective rear end with Indian might and right.


GOOD I HOPE THEY TAKE EVERYTHING THE BRITS STOLE
TAKE IT ALL

thesavagesalad:

mehreenkasana:

The descendants of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, who was forced to hand over the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria, will on Monday launch a court action for his body and possessions to be returned to India

[…]

The jewel is currently mounted in the crown of the Queen Consort, last worn by the late Queen Mother.

The family is also seeking the return of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s golden throne and for both to be kept at the Golden Temple, the centre of the Sikh faith, in Amrtisar, India.

Their case reopens a controversial chapter in British colonial history that still arouses strong passions in India, particularly in Punjab, where Sikhs regard the exile of Duleep Singh and his “gift” of the Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria in 1850 as a national humiliation.

[continued]

“Our property was confiscated by British rule. This letter establishes us as the rightful heirs of Duleep Singh and we want to get back his remains and his other belongings to the Golden Temple,” Jaswinder Singh Sandhanwalia told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.

More power to the Singh family for taking back what belongs to them. Kicking imperialism and colonialism’s collective rear end with Indian might and right.

GOOD I HOPE THEY TAKE EVERYTHING THE BRITS STOLE

TAKE IT ALL

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yukidama:

bakethatlinguist:

decodethefallenmoon:

bakethatlinguist:

deliciouskaek:

girljanitor:

thisisnotafrica:

pattonsydney:

Save Africa poster (detail) by Alex Griendling

how INCREDIBLY insulting
how dehumanizing and racist . ugh. 
western charities exploiting an entire continent to further their own environment agendas. fuck you alex. 
bye



Does no one see how horrific this image is? Not in the way that the ‘artist’ intended for those who live in an isolated bubble of historical ignorance, but horrific for those who have and still do sufferer from colonialism, horrific for those who are on the continent.
Interesting how they never talk about why there is water scarcity and how it was caused. There’s water scarcity in the US. There are entire food deserts in the US. Our so-called representatives in government pass legislation that keeps whole families from having access to [healthy] food (food stamps). Our political leaders who are so in love with the idea of capitalism have used the system to starve 99% of us for their own economic gain. The poverty level is the highest it’s been since 1965, even though the unemployment rate has dropped. And even though unemployment has dropped, the majority of the jobs are going to cis-men. And even though the jobs are going to cis-men, they still receive different pay due to their ethnic and socioeconomic status. We’re in the middle of one of the worst droughts in this country, our poverty level has risen, our people have limited access to food, the people who harvest our food are treated like shit, and some are actually enslaved, our jobs are continually outsourced to meet a corporation’s bottom line, our legislators are passing horrific bills that limit the rights of women* and you want to “save” Africa? Are you insane? Where’s the Save the USA campaign? 
Why doesn’t the WWF talk about the new grab for Africa 2.0 and neocolonialism 2.0 is having an effect on the peoples and economies of Africa? Why don’t we talk about all of the wars that our nation and other nations are perpetuating? Why don’t we talk about how our nation and other nations are re-enslaving Africans, and we still buy from the companies that obtain products from enforced/slave labor? Why don’t we talk about how Capitalism benefits from globalization, forced labor, enslavement and war? Why don’t we talk about how several of the “leaders” of African countries were put in power thanks to Western intervention, because they would pass laws and create structures that would benefit those in the West? And how that is still having an effect on Africa? Why don’t we talk about how Western governments have made it that much harder for African peoples to have access to AIDS medicines? Why don’t we talk about how African nations export crops to the West while millions on the continent starve, thanks to political and legal maneuverings from Japan, China, the EU and the US?
No. The WWF uses an image of the death of all of 1 billion+ Africans, (minus the European ones, of course!). Let’s continually roll out the poverty porn of emaciated children, cause let’s face it, they’re killing themselves anyway, right? They’re childlike and ignorant and warmongering and they treat their women like shit, right? So we have to help save them from themselves, right?
Just like we have to save them from their gold (largest export), silver, copper, oil, diamonds, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, precious metals like chromite, cobalt, manganese natural & industrial diamond, phosphate rock, especially coltan, coal, mineral fuels (including coal) & petroleum, uranium, and just about anything else that we can get our hands on, right?
I despise people who engage in willful ignorance, and those who are only too eager to receive fame and fortune from it.
 
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On a side note, his image of Africa is way too small. It’s the second largest continent in the world. I bet he was using that map from the 1560’s as his basis.

So basically what I’m reading is “Let’s only care about the US right now, not the rest of the world, it’s not important.” You disgust me. 

If that’s all you got out of my post, then I’m disgusted by your lack historical context and reading comprehension.
You had to have ignored the first 3 sentences that I wrote as well as everything that came after the 2nd paragraph (which was the only part that referenced the U.S.) in order to only focus on what I said about the US. And had you read any of the other commentary in the notes section, then you would have seen how other tumblr users did not come to the same conclusion as you did. 
I’m going to break down my original post for you, because I see on your blog that you are 18, which explains how you came to the conclusion that you did. I know for sure that your school system has failed you, as expected, because you did not question why the creator of this image used the imagery that he did. You did not question why he would reduce an entire continent to homogeneity. You did not question why we need to “save” and entire continent of people from themselves. You did not question historical context. And honestly, that’s exactly what you weren’t supposed to do. You were meant to have a bleeding-heart moment and donate money to a “charity” that only helps to further neocolonialism. 
All that being said, I was mocking the WWF and I was/am horrified by the WWF for using stereotypical, apocalyptic imagery of Africa. 
Africa is a continent.
To expand on that: Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent.
Africa has 54 countries within it.
Africa is NOT a country. 
Understand that this poster reduced a continent with the most ethnic and cultural diversity on the planet to the status of a homogeneous nation. Understand that not everyone in Africa is suffering; all 54 countries are not suffering from drought or poverty or water scarcity or human trafficking or AIDS or war or slavery or anything else that our media tells us. (Also, understand that our Mass Media is owned by 6 conglomerates who control almost everything we hear in this country, unless we read and watch independent sources.) Don’t get me wrong, every nation in every country on every continent has millions of people that are suffering. However, to condense all that historical context into this…thing? No.
I’m not saying that we as human beings should not help each other, it’s common sense and just plain basic decency that we should help one another. However, I am making a comment about how we in the U.S. (or the UK), a country that is supposed to be a “first-world nation,” are suffering from the same afflictions as millions of people in different African countries, all as a result of capitalism. Yet, our media glosses over this. Yet, the WWF doesn’t have “Save the USA” posters decrying the suffering of millions in this nation and confronting the 1% of people, most of whom are in the government, who hold all our wealth and resources. I’m commenting on how the WWF would rather focus on the results of colonialism in Africa, instead of actively combating the U.S. government and several other imperialist powers who are furthering their empires at the expense of sovereign African nations and starving, displacing, enslaving, and outright murdering millions for profit!
If you at 18 have taken the time to educate yourself outside of high school the way that I sincerely hope you have—and if you haven’t then get on that as soon as possible, otherwise you’ll constantly be surprised in college should you choose to go/have the opportunity to go—then you’ll have noticed how our Media’s rhetoric about Africa is always full of negatives. It is always full of stories about how outsiders “had to come help” because look at the suffering people!
I can’t think of a time in my 27.5 years on this planet where the U.S. media has told stories—a story—about how Africans have either been or have tried to stay self-sufficient in the face of 100+ years of imperialism. (There have been total of over 600 years of colonialism and imperialism, but that’s another story that you have to learn about yourself.) I haven’t seen more stories about how poaching in Africa has been cut down by Africans themselves. I haven’t seen stories about how more African nations are taking control of their natural resources, building schools, educating their children, improving medicine and science, etc., much to the frustration of the US and other imperialist powers. In fact, I haven’t seen a story on tv about how 10,000 year old natural aquifers have been found all over Africa and how they can provide for people for hundreds of years because of how clean the water is! I read about this earlier today! And yet, this poster exists. (Which also begs the question, who will be in control of the aquifers and how will the water be distributed?)
So please, tell me: why do we have to save an entire continent of people? There are over 1 billion people on the continent of Africa. If this image is to be believed, then the entire continent of Africa is suffering from water scarcity. Why? How did this come to be? Who has caused it? Who has contributed to the suffering of 1 billion people? Who is combating the water scarcity? Are all 54 African nations themselves, with over 1 billion people total, so inept that they can’t help themselves, so they have to rely on foreign nations for assistance? Do you see where I’m going with this?
I’m not trying to patronize you or be condescending, I’m not even being snarky which is rare for me, but have you even bothered to ask these questions? If not, then why? Because this is important. We as conscientious adults need to know why sovereign nations [supposedly] can’t take care of their own people, how it came to be so and how it will affect us. We need to know what role our government and our country has played in the complete and utter destruction of other governments and other citizens. We need to know why our nation is in over 10 wars right now. America is made up of two continents, and yet our media only shows us that the country of the United States is America. Have you seen an image of two continents and a skull on it? If so, then why not? Believe it or not, these questions that I am asking you are relevant to your life. What you allow your nation to do in your name can affect millions within your country, and billions outside of it.
I’ll leave you to your thoughts and some recommended reading.

Reblogging this response as well because yes.

yukidama:

bakethatlinguist:

decodethefallenmoon:

bakethatlinguist:

deliciouskaek:

girljanitor:

thisisnotafrica:

pattonsydney:

Save Africa poster (detail) by Alex Griendling

how INCREDIBLY insulting

how dehumanizing and racist . ugh. 

western charities exploiting an entire continent to further their own environment agendas. fuck you alex. 

bye

Does no one see how horrific this image is? Not in the way that the ‘artist’ intended for those who live in an isolated bubble of historical ignorance, but horrific for those who have and still do sufferer from colonialism, horrific for those who are on the continent.

Interesting how they never talk about why there is water scarcity and how it was caused. There’s water scarcity in the US. There are entire food deserts in the US. Our so-called representatives in government pass legislation that keeps whole families from having access to [healthy] food (food stamps). Our political leaders who are so in love with the idea of capitalism have used the system to starve 99% of us for their own economic gain. The poverty level is the highest it’s been since 1965, even though the unemployment rate has dropped. And even though unemployment has dropped, the majority of the jobs are going to cis-men. And even though the jobs are going to cis-men, they still receive different pay due to their ethnic and socioeconomic status. We’re in the middle of one of the worst droughts in this country, our poverty level has risen, our people have limited access to food, the people who harvest our food are treated like shit, and some are actually enslaved, our jobs are continually outsourced to meet a corporation’s bottom line, our legislators are passing horrific bills that limit the rights of women* and you want to “save” Africa? Are you insane? Where’s the Save the USA campaign? 

Why doesn’t the WWF talk about the new grab for Africa 2.0 and neocolonialism 2.0 is having an effect on the peoples and economies of Africa? Why don’t we talk about all of the wars that our nation and other nations are perpetuating? Why don’t we talk about how our nation and other nations are re-enslaving Africans, and we still buy from the companies that obtain products from enforced/slave labor? Why don’t we talk about how Capitalism benefits from globalization, forced labor, enslavement and war? Why don’t we talk about how several of the “leaders” of African countries were put in power thanks to Western intervention, because they would pass laws and create structures that would benefit those in the West? And how that is still having an effect on Africa? Why don’t we talk about how Western governments have made it that much harder for African peoples to have access to AIDS medicines? Why don’t we talk about how African nations export crops to the West while millions on the continent starve, thanks to political and legal maneuverings from Japan, China, the EU and the US?

No. The WWF uses an image of the death of all of 1 billion+ Africans, (minus the European ones, of course!). Let’s continually roll out the poverty porn of emaciated children, cause let’s face it, they’re killing themselves anyway, right? They’re childlike and ignorant and warmongering and they treat their women like shit, right? So we have to help save them from themselves, right?

Just like we have to save them from their gold (largest export), silver, copper, oil, diamonds, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, precious metals like chromite, cobalt, manganese natural & industrial diamond, phosphate rock, especially coltan, coal, mineral fuels (including coal) & petroleum, uranium, and just about anything else that we can get our hands on, right?

I despise people who engage in willful ignorance, and those who are only too eager to receive fame and fortune from it.

 

On a side note, his image of Africa is way too small. It’s the second largest continent in the world. I bet he was using that map from the 1560’s as his basis.

So basically what I’m reading is “Let’s only care about the US right now, not the rest of the world, it’s not important.” 
You disgust me. 

If that’s all you got out of my post, then I’m disgusted by your lack historical context and reading comprehension.

You had to have ignored the first 3 sentences that I wrote as well as everything that came after the 2nd paragraph (which was the only part that referenced the U.S.) in order to only focus on what I said about the US. And had you read any of the other commentary in the notes section, then you would have seen how other tumblr users did not come to the same conclusion as you did. 

I’m going to break down my original post for you, because I see on your blog that you are 18, which explains how you came to the conclusion that you did. I know for sure that your school system has failed you, as expected, because you did not question why the creator of this image used the imagery that he did. You did not question why he would reduce an entire continent to homogeneity. You did not question why we need to “save” and entire continent of people from themselves. You did not question historical context. And honestly, that’s exactly what you weren’t supposed to do. You were meant to have a bleeding-heart moment and donate money to a “charity” that only helps to further neocolonialism. 

All that being said, I was mocking the WWF and I was/am horrified by the WWF for using stereotypical, apocalyptic imagery of Africa. 

Africa is a continent.

To expand on that: Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent.

Africa has 54 countries within it.

Africa is NOT a country. 

Understand that this poster reduced a continent with the most ethnic and cultural diversity on the planet to the status of a homogeneous nation. Understand that not everyone in Africa is suffering; all 54 countries are not suffering from drought or poverty or water scarcity or human trafficking or AIDS or war or slavery or anything else that our media tells us. (Also, understand that our Mass Media is owned by 6 conglomerates who control almost everything we hear in this country, unless we read and watch independent sources.) Don’t get me wrong, every nation in every country on every continent has millions of people that are suffering. However, to condense all that historical context into this…thing? No.

I’m not saying that we as human beings should not help each other, it’s common sense and just plain basic decency that we should help one another. However, I am making a comment about how we in the U.S. (or the UK), a country that is supposed to be a “first-world nation,” are suffering from the same afflictions as millions of people in different African countries, all as a result of capitalism. Yet, our media glosses over this. Yet, the WWF doesn’t have “Save the USA” posters decrying the suffering of millions in this nation and confronting the 1% of people, most of whom are in the government, who hold all our wealth and resources. I’m commenting on how the WWF would rather focus on the results of colonialism in Africa, instead of actively combating the U.S. government and several other imperialist powers who are furthering their empires at the expense of sovereign African nations and starving, displacing, enslaving, and outright murdering millions for profit!

If you at 18 have taken the time to educate yourself outside of high school the way that I sincerely hope you have—and if you haven’t then get on that as soon as possible, otherwise you’ll constantly be surprised in college should you choose to go/have the opportunity to go—then you’ll have noticed how our Media’s rhetoric about Africa is always full of negatives. It is always full of stories about how outsiders “had to come help” because look at the suffering people!

I can’t think of a time in my 27.5 years on this planet where the U.S. media has told stories—a story—about how Africans have either been or have tried to stay self-sufficient in the face of 100+ years of imperialism. (There have been total of over 600 years of colonialism and imperialism, but that’s another story that you have to learn about yourself.) I haven’t seen more stories about how poaching in Africa has been cut down by Africans themselves. I haven’t seen stories about how more African nations are taking control of their natural resources, building schools, educating their children, improving medicine and science, etc., much to the frustration of the US and other imperialist powers. In fact, I haven’t seen a story on tv about how 10,000 year old natural aquifers have been found all over Africa and how they can provide for people for hundreds of years because of how clean the water is! I read about this earlier today! And yet, this poster exists. (Which also begs the question, who will be in control of the aquifers and how will the water be distributed?)

So please, tell me: why do we have to save an entire continent of people? There are over 1 billion people on the continent of Africa. If this image is to be believed, then the entire continent of Africa is suffering from water scarcity. Why? How did this come to be? Who has caused it? Who has contributed to the suffering of 1 billion people? Who is combating the water scarcity? Are all 54 African nations themselves, with over 1 billion people total, so inept that they can’t help themselves, so they have to rely on foreign nations for assistance? Do you see where I’m going with this?

I’m not trying to patronize you or be condescending, I’m not even being snarky which is rare for me, but have you even bothered to ask these questions? If not, then why? Because this is important. We as conscientious adults need to know why sovereign nations [supposedly] can’t take care of their own people, how it came to be so and how it will affect us. We need to know what role our government and our country has played in the complete and utter destruction of other governments and other citizens. We need to know why our nation is in over 10 wars right now. America is made up of two continents, and yet our media only shows us that the country of the United States is America. Have you seen an image of two continents and a skull on it? If so, then why not? Believe it or not, these questions that I am asking you are relevant to your life. What you allow your nation to do in your name can affect millions within your country, and billions outside of it.

I’ll leave you to your thoughts and some recommended reading.

Reblogging this response as well because yes.

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Caonabo was a cacique, or Taino chiefs, on the island of Hayti (called Hispaniola by the Spanish). In the book The Peoples of the Caribbean: An Encyclopedia of Archeology and Traditional by Nicholas J. Saunders, Caonabo’s name is defined as meaning “He Who is Like Gold”, or “King of the Golden House”,
Cacique Caonabo took revenge on the Spaniards and brought Fort Navidad to ashes (being a little dramatic here, but the fact remains it was destroyed).
In late winter of 1493, Columbus returned to Haiti, this time bringing with him a hoard of adventurers from Spain to settle in the eastern part of Hispaniola, since they arrived to find La Navidad annihilated. Haiti became divided, the Spaniards vs. the Taino Indians (Arawaks/Caribs). Caonabo more resentful than ever of the presence of the foreigners on his land took it up himself to lead the Tainos into a full-pledged revolt. Columbus recruited the services of Alonzo Ojeda, who tricked Caonabo into being taken as Columbus’s prisoner (they used a trinket that the Tainos thought sacred as a ruse to lure him, and from there they bound the Arawak chief).
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Caonabo was a cacique, or Taino chiefs, on the island of Hayti (called Hispaniola by the Spanish). In the book The Peoples of the Caribbean: An Encyclopedia of Archeology and Traditional by Nicholas J. Saunders, Caonabo’s name is defined as meaning “He Who is Like Gold”, or “King of the Golden House”,

Cacique Caonabo took revenge on the Spaniards and brought Fort Navidad to ashes (being a little dramatic here, but the fact remains it was destroyed).

In late winter of 1493, Columbus returned to Haiti, this time bringing with him a hoard of adventurers from Spain to settle in the eastern part of Hispaniola, since they arrived to find La Navidad annihilated. Haiti became divided, the Spaniards vs. the Taino Indians (Arawaks/Caribs). Caonabo more resentful than ever of the presence of the foreigners on his land took it up himself to lead the Tainos into a full-pledged revolt. Columbus recruited the services of Alonzo Ojeda, who tricked Caonabo into being taken as Columbus’s prisoner (they used a trinket that the Tainos thought sacred as a ruse to lure him, and from there they bound the Arawak chief).

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Y’all gotta read this poem.

ninasafiri:

Göttin der Dummheit: Two Women

arielnietzsche:

I am a woman.
I am a woman.

I am a woman born of a woman whose man owned a factory.
I am a woman born of a woman whose man labored in a factory.

I am a woman whose man wore silk suits, who constantly watched his weight.
I am a woman whose man wore tattered clothing, whose heart was constantly strangled by hunger.

I am a woman who watched two babies grow into beautiful children.
I am a woman who watched two babies die because there was no milk.

I am a woman who watched twins grow into popular college students with summers abroad.
I am a woman who watched three children grow, but with bellies stretched from no food.

But then there was a man;
But then there was a man;

And he talked about the peasants getting richer by my family getting poorer.
And he told me of days that would be better and he made the days better.

We had to eat rice.
We had rice.

We had to eat beans!
We had beans.

My children were no longer given summer visas to Europe.
My children no longer cried themselves to sleep.

And I felt like a peasant.
And I felt like a woman.

A peasant with a dull, hard, unexciting life.
Like a woman with a life that sometimes allowed a song.

And I saw a man.
And I saw a man.

And together we began to plot with the hope of the return to freedom.
I saw his heart begin to beat with hope of freedom, at last.

Someday, the return to freedom.
Someday freedom.

And then,
But then,

One day,
One day,

There were plans overhead and guns firing close by.
There were planes overhead and guns firing in the distance.

I gathered my children and went home.
I gathered my children and ran.

And the guns moved farther and farther away.
But the guns moved closer and closer.

And then, they announced that freedom had been restored!
And then they came, young boys really.

They came into my home along with my man.
They came and found my man.

Those men whose money was almost gone.
They found all of the men whose lives were almost their own.

And we all had drinks to celebrate.
And they shot them all.

The most wonderful martinis.
They shot my man.

And then they asked us to dance.
And they came for me.

Me.
For me, the woman.

And my sisters.
For my sisters.

And then they took us.
Then they took us.

They took us to dinner at a small private club.
They stripped from us the dignity we had gained.

And they treated us to beef.
And then they raped us.

It was one course after another.
One after another they came after us.

We nearly burst we were so full.
Lunging, plunging—sisters bleeding, sisters dying.

It was magnificent to be free again!
It was hardly a relief to have survived.

The beans have almost disappeared now.
The beans have disappeared.

The rice—I’ve replaced it with chicken or steak.
The rice, I cannot find it.

And the parties continue night after night to make up for all the time wasted.
And my silent tears are joined once more by the midnight cries of my children.

This poem was written by a working class Chilean woman in 1973, shortly after Chile’s socialist president, Salvador Allende, was overthrown. A U.S. missionary translated the work and brought it with her when she was forced to leave Chile. This is to be read by two people, one reading the bold-faced type and one reading the regular type.

The period of rice and beans for the poor woman in the poem occurs after the election of the socialist, Salvador Allende, as president of Chile. Allende was elected in 1970. He was overthrown in a military coup in September 1973 after a long period of destabilization launched by the wealthy classes and supported by the US government and US corporations such as International Telephone and Telegraph. Along with thousands of others, Allende was killed by the military. The coup, under the leadership of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, launched a period of severe hardship for the working and peasant classes. Although Chile currently has a civilian government, the military is still the country’s most powerful institution.

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Let those bully boys walk behind me in the playground. Let them tell me ‘You’re a darkie. Faith’s a darkie.’ I am the granddaughter of Grace and William Campbell. I am the great-grandchild of Cecilia Hilton. I am descended from Katherine whose mother was a slave. I am the cousin of Afria. I am the niece of Coral Thompson and the daughter of Wade and Mildred Jackson. Let them say what they like. Because I am the bastard child of Empire and I will have my day.

Andrea Levy, Fruit of the Lemon.  (via leonineantiheroine)

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iamateenagefeminist
kemetically-ankhtified:

poe-ettic:

hjaybee:

locksandglasses:

bananasandpeace:

iamateenagefeminist:

Sorry the type is small.

“It’s a lot easier to be mad about a scary African Black man, than an upper-class white American executive.”


oh damn^^^

So glad someone said it

This is why I love Tumblr so much more than Facebook

and this is where i stand  on the Kony 2012 frenzy.

kemetically-ankhtified:

poe-ettic:

hjaybee:

locksandglasses:

bananasandpeace:

iamateenagefeminist:

Sorry the type is small.

“It’s a lot easier to be mad about a scary African Black man, than an upper-class white American executive.”


oh damn^^^

So glad someone said it

This is why I love Tumblr so much more than Facebook

and this is where i stand  on the Kony 2012 frenzy.

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shabazzpizazz
who-is-keri-hilson:

one of the best posts/ truth bombs on tumblr

who-is-keri-hilson:

one of the best posts/ truth bombs on tumblr

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pambana

pambana:

and i’m tired of how it is conveniently ignored that when the europeans came to the continents of now-called latin america, africa, asia, polynesia, wherever there were Black and Brown folk, they cried out that our ways of living, building, eating, dancing, were primitive, backwards and to continue to live in those traditional ways meant punishment, even by death. large family homes made of mud and cow dung, or those out of reeds and banana leaves, were all labeled inferior by the european worldview whose discourse relied on a nature (read Black and unhuman)/culture (read white and therefore human) dichotomy. And so trees were felled and wooden single family homes where built. (This is a vast understatement). Plant-based meals supplemented by an occasional animal kill was looked down upon by glutenous european lifestyle and industrial livestock farming introduced to feed the workers of the slave system-fed industrial revolution. seeing the world as a fabric of life, full of plants and animals as members with as much of a right to life as humans, was scoffed at. treating resources like water, the sun and the earth as beautiful in their own right and essential to human well-being was systematically suppressed. these ways of living and loving on this planet were silenced and oppressed and deemed primitive. ANNNND NOWWW white environmentalism celebrates people (and only those certain people who ‘choose’, that is have the privilege to not choose, but then do) who are knocking down their wooden houses and building adobe houses, using earth ovens, talking about deep ecology and the connectedness and inherent worth of all creatures and elements, as rach says “like it’s some new shit”. and they are “enlightened”!! green imperialism……

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