Black people, 1652 - "Slavery is wrong"
White people: "FUCK YOU SLAVE!" Black people - 1700's - "Colonialism is wrong"
White people - "FUCK YOU SLAVES!" Black People - 1800's - "Genocide is wrong!" White people: "FUCK YOU SLAVES!!" Black People - 1948 - "Apartheid is a crime against humanity"
White people: "FUCK YOU KAFFIRS!!!" Black People: 1994 - "Let's reconcile and share the resources of South Africa"
White People: "FUCK YOU KAFFIRS!! We're keeping everything!" Black People 2010 - "We're getting tired of this shit!" White people: "FUCK YOU!! Apartheid is over, get over it already"
Black people 2017 - "We're coming for the land you stole!" White people: "But that's wrong and a crime and it's not fair and let's talk about it"
Black People: 2018 - "NO FUCK OFF!!!!!" White People: 2018 - "That's so racist, we're victims in this country, what about our rights"
The American Indian Wars involved European governments and colonists to indiscriminately commit genocide against the Buffalo population, driving them to the brink of extinction by depleting their numbers from 13 million to less than 400 by 1893. The native people of North America who had a symbiotic and spiritual relationship with the species, were pressured to become dependent on the American government’s industrialised nation to survive, losing their cultural identity and connection to the land they revered and respected. In the corrupted, man-made hierarchy that allows supremacists to proclaim themselves as chauvinistic and defecate on those they subject to patriotic intolerance for not conforming to their ruinous system, suffering and violation is a weapon. It is used mercilessly, because they would rather have themselves standing atop a mountain fabricated from legalised slaughter and buffalo skulls, incorporated with the unjust sweetness of sovereignty, while voiding all morality. The Native Americans had tread lightly on the Earth and embraced their roles as planetary beings to coexist and sustain life, while the American government sought for their poisonous obsession of domination, which cannot prevail in a peaceful and just world.
Caption by @beth.lynchhh
As I was about to cross the street today, I realized my alarm for prayer was about to go off. I decided I'd turn it off so the Adhan is not heard in the streets in case it incites panic. The same moment I was doing so, an older man walks by and mumbles under his breath, "don't use that to explode something". For a moment I thought I had made up the entire interaction in my head because I couldn't believe someone could be so ignorant.
I wrote this piece back in November and could never find an appropriate time to record and share it. But I believe this is the best time. The reason why I was turning off my alarm in the first place was so no one would "panic" when they heard the Adhan because of all the stigma around it in the western world. But this is my Adhan. Our Adhan. Not theirs. It's time to reclaim what was rightfully ours and live in its beauty.