The richest girl in town. (fightingwords) wrote,
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Why self-determination is a principle of Kwanzaa.*

Also, since I said it a week ago and had to say it again today....

I find it fascinating when white people, most of whose governments have entire courts and administrative bodies dedicated to determining and protecting intellectual property and copyright, tell peoples they have colonized, raped, abducted, enslaved, sterilized, driven from their own lands, forcefully assimilated, and murdered almost to the point of extinction that they also don't get to "own" their culture, read: representation, read: identities.

Especially when so many elements of that culture--language, music, religion, government, family structure, and basic day-to-day way of life--were denigrated, mocked, outlawed outright, or used as justification for all that nasty, bothersome colonization, rape, abduction, enslavement, etc. in the first place.

Especially when the death intentional destruction of their cultures perpetuates the notion that the people themselves ARE in fact extinct and exist only in the imagination alongside unicorns and fairies that allows for actual, real-life, honest-to-god people to CONTINUE to experience all that nasty, bothersome colonization, rape, abduction, enslavement, etc. and/or their present-day equivalents.

I find it fascinating, I tell you. Fascinating.


*Kujichagulia, the second principle, demands a practice of self-determination in both the cultural and economic sense. It stresses the moral obligation of Africans to define themselves, speak for themselves, build for themselves, and make their own unique contribution to the forward flow of human history. Thus this principle prohibits collaboration in one's own oppression, the allowance of others to define African people or culture and turning to others for Kwanzaa items which the community itself has conceived of and has historically and rightfully made.
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