Standing Rock update: alert, this is not some news flash. It's something that I've been aware of a long time and I'm just now sharing.
Never again would I attend a nationalistic, racist, event. Not to say that all of the natives here are nationalistic or racist, some are absolutely opposed to that. But too many are and they are not called out. How is racism and nationalism the revolution? It is unconditional surrender to nationalism and racism, hierarchy no matter how much it is denied.
Dr. King said something like, I have a dream that one day people will be recognized by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, their nationality, their history of Oppression, ethnicity, spiritual tradition, etcetera etcetera etcetera.
I do not deny the right of people who have been oppressed to act that out in many ways.
What I do deny is that anything other than recognizing and valuing people by the content of their character, nothing less than that is any sort of revolution. And far too much of Standing Rock has been all about nationalism, race, Etc.
It is Revolution that is Dead on Arrival.
So is there no hope here? There is hope here. Why? Because many people here simply operate on the basis of character, kindness, loving, service, and it seems to be impossible for them to do anything other than this. This includes native and non-native people alike.
This small collection that operate in this way, they are whatever hope there may be, they are the evidence of what Revolution there can be. The only thing that can be called revolution, in truth. Universal family, Universal Brotherhood, Universal unconditional loving, by whatever name or none.
Oh, and what utter insanity, Madness, stupidity has been the efforts to make the Lakota way displacing of, super ordinate over, supremely respected versus, the spiritual Traditions that brought this amazing Rainbow Coalition of people together. How can there be such a stupidity where on the one hand the disparate spiritual Traditions, the Myriad spiritual Traditions that brought people here, That there would then be an effort to subordinate them under something different, some other tradition? What could be more f****** stupid, self-defeating, self-destructive, than that? If it is no a Dapl plot they must be all the more delighted at us doing it to ourselves.