I understand the idea of “cultural appropriation.” I really do. I understand the idea of minority versus majority, oppressed versus oppressor. Yet, I still think that it’s totally okay for white people to have dreadlocks.
Vandana Shiva, one of India’s top physicists & a world-renowned environmentalist.
She hold a masters in the philosophy of science, a PhD in the philosophy of particle physics, and is a huge proponent of the ecofeminism movement.
Anonymous asked: Why would the application of the term "caucasian" erase today's people of the Caucasus? They are recognized, they have their lands. They have many different countries to themselves (you should watch the Eurovision Song Contest - all are very proud). Nevertheless we don't know which people are truly native to which lands. Europeans aren't really native to Europe, they came from the east. Native Americans aren't native to America, they crossed the bering bridge. These are only a few examples...
"Native Americans aren’t really native to America, they crossed the Bering bridge." You’re disgusting for undermining the nativity of indigenous Americans to their land and comparing them to colonizers and for using the Bering theory to justify colonization and genocide. And yes, please tell me about how Armenians whose historic lands have been conquered and settled by Turkey, who have been displaced from their indigenous homes and still suffer the effects of genocide enjoy full rights. Please tell me about how Chechens are recognized even if they are colonized and currently occupied by Russia. Please tell me more about how Azerbaijanis have it easy, ignore their entire subjugation and ethnocide deployed by Russians, because they’re represented in a fucking musical contest. You are a genocide apologist and you managed to excuse and trivialize the genocide of various Caucasian peoples and Native Americans in one fell swoop. Congratulations. Please don’t message us again.
And in response to your original question, it erases them because it appropriates the name of the region where they come from, which they are indigenous to and uses it to describe people who are not Caucasian. It makes “Caucasian” interchangeable with white and thus obscures the ways in which actual Caucasian peoples are racialized, exotified, and Orientalized. It foists an identity on them designed by Western Europeans within the paradigms of scientific racism and Western European race construction, and it fails to take into account how race operates in the Caucasus.
“ Take 9-11. That means something in the United States. The “world changed” after 9-11. Well, do a slight thought experiment. Suppose that on 9-11 the planes had bombed the White House, suppose they’d killed the president, established a military dictatorship, quickly killed thousands, tortured tens of thousands more, set up a major international terror center that was carrying out assassinations, overthrowing governments all over the place, installing other dictatorships, and drove the country into one of the worst depressions in its history and had to call on the state to bail them out. Suppose that had happened? It did happen. On the first 9-11 in 1973. Except we were responsible for it, so it didn’t happen. That’s Allende’s Chile. You can’t imagine the media talking about this. ”
Noam Chomsky (via asdfcriiiis)
the links I’ve been posting here lately have been my reading research for my work. now that my archive is so full of links it gets a bit too much to look at so here’s something that won’t come up in green in the archive to shake things up a bit before i continue with my link posting
(laughing on my own)