Decolonize ALL The Things

The UNsettling reflections of a Decolonial Scientist in a Constant State of Rage

Constant State of Rage Part II: No I Don’t Need to Be Nice to my Oppressors

March 22, 2014
Shay-Akil

tumblr_m07zy5YOEc1qawlwvo1_500In light of some recent events that I have witnessed, I think its time to have this very much needed conversation.  I recently did a guest lecture in a Hip Hop & Social Issues class talking about the intersections of Black Feminism & Hip Hop.  I had the students analyze  “Flawless” by Beyonce & then “Lookin’ A** N****” by Nicki Minaj.  One general theme surfaced from the overall analysis: Nicki Minaj was confrontational & her confrontational stance was seen as completely unwarranted & unnecessary.  I thought this was interesting seeing that there were other issues with the song (e.g. transphobic lyrics) but the one thing that came off as most important to the students was the fact that Nicki had the audacity to be angry. Continue Reading

Advertisements

Re-Appropriation & Politics of Value

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

INTRO

After having some discussions with some friends in regards to the re-appropriation of words I decided that a big component of that discussion should include looking at the basics of who/what controls meaning/value in a society.  I believe that this is a crucial point of the discussion because if the oppressed are the ones working to re-formulate the meaning/value of something then they will do so in vain (in many ways) because of one daunting truth: THE OPPRESSED DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OVER DICTATING VALUE/MEANING…they lack the social and political power & thus their attempts will be shot down & destroyed by the majority population.  Re-appropriation is about re-formulating or changing the meaning or value of a word or object.  Such change requires that the majority audience accepts the said re-appropriation or social backlash will ensue. Continue Reading

Educated/Intelligent African = Weaponized African

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

Image:assataposter.jpgIntroduction

I figured I would write this post to share my recent experiences with some individuals in my department and specifically with some of my classmates in one of my classes this semester.  This semester I have come to understand that there is nothing more dangerous than an intelligent, well spoken, conscious, & confident African woman.  I have become aware of this because my classmates have highlighted me as a present threat in class. Continue Reading

When I First Learned I Was Black

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

1929883_537270548508_3446_nIntroduction

Its really funny how we interact with race & racism in America, which is generally the overall avoidance of all interaction with race or racism for the most part.  I was reading a load of Dr. Alan Goodman’s research work & it reminded me of my first conscious discovery that I was Black.  You see, many of us have these moments of clarity but we very rarely recognize them or know that they are significant social processes/moments until someone points it out to us.  To understand race & how racism affects people on a daily basis we all need to be able to not just create a discourse but we need to formulate a discourse with an interdisciplinary view point. Continue Reading

Zombie Apocalypse Now

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

Introduction

The more modern understanding of Zombies as instinct driven monsters who have been infected by a virus that reanimates the dead & are driven by the basic need to feed on the flesh of the living.  This understanding can very much be applied to many processes that are occurring in society right now.  I will discuss how in many ways the Zombie Apocalypse is already happening on social levels in America. Continue Reading

Save Our Sons, FUCK Our Daughters

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

images (1)I have been recently noticing a number of different programs & individuals pushing the whole “Save our Sons” campaign in the Black community & it always leaves me feeling like they are missing something vital.  But what could it be??? Hmmmmm…. oh, yeah, BLACK GIRLS/WOMEN!!!!  What is with this whole “We only need to save our sons” mentality amongst the Black community??? Your daughters deserve/need your help too!

While this piece is not in any way about ignoring the plight of African men & their struggle, I do want to point out that fact that they do NOT struggle alone & in many instances their struggles are the struggles of African women & in many ways African men oppress African women via misogyny & patriarchy via systematic sexism.  This male privilege in the Black community leads us to devalue our beautiful daughters as we raise our sons up.  The focus or emphasis on our sons has a cost & that cost is our young women.  We baby our sons, pacify them, encourage them, invest in them & in many cases we leave our daughters to have nothing. Continue Reading

Assimilation As Assassination

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

picCouncilBrownPaper-BagTesIntroduction

Much of what I have studied & come to understand through history is that the true definition of an American is to be a White male who owns a home.  This definition is crucial because it is based on how assimilation has ACTUALLY worked throughout history instead of how the larger society has told people how it works.  As a Black African woman, I fit no where in that definition  & my chances of being a “true” American are completely shot because those who define what it means to be “American” never intended for me to be able to access such a status.  Many people discuss how the process of assimilating into a specific culture requires the shedding of one’s own culture & history & then embracing the prickly culture of the target/dominant society.  The truth is assimilation in American society means that one must lose everything for the hopes of gaining a specific status, gaining approval from the dominant society; but for most Africans, this hope is never fulfilled, never met. Continue Reading

Sociopathic Society Series: Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

Whats-on-Americans-minds-Increasingly-me-UD1RA9SQ-x-largeIntroduction

We live under the constraints of a racist patriarchal capitalist society.  Its not pretty.  The conditions of capitalism lead to chronic individualism, commidification of the self, objectification of the other, & an underlying profit motive perspective.  Chronic obsessions with the self plus greed produced by a profit motive results in a toxic condition of lovelessness.  Capitalism breeds lovelessness.  After reading “All About Love” by bell hooks & coming across some of the wise words of Assata Shakur I came to understand a crucial underlying message: Revolution is about love, while capitalism prospers in & demands the lack of love, lovelessness. Continue Reading

Racism, Sexism, Identity, Oh My!

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

tumblr_m0n2m53wUl1qfrvzzo1_500In this blog post, my aim is to discuss some of the issues that systemic oppression/domination create in regards to many people of African descent in America having a disrupted sense of identity.  People of African descent in America are suffering from an identity crisis.  This is a result of intersectional oppression: Intersectional paradigms view race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and age, among others, as mutually constructing systems of power.  Because these systems permeate all social relations, untangling their effects in any given situation or for any given population remains difficult (Hill-Collins in Black Sexual Politics).  Black identity can not be discussed without discussing racist and sexist oppression.  At the core of identity within the Black community is the Black man & the Black woman.  I would like to discuss the importance of addressing these issues intersectionally with an ethic of love. Continue Reading

LOVE Speak: Language of Liberation

March 16, 2014
Shay-Akil

936427_585897161442607_104259540_nAfter some interesting reflections on some conversations I have had with some friends and in concert with the information and knowledge that I have learned from a myriad of literary works on R{EVOL}utionary struggle I have come to realize something that I have recently attempted to enact in my own life: we need a language of liberation, a language of love, we need to speak R{EVOL}ution.  So let me take a moment to explain myself.  We consistently speak of systemic oppression and domination, the struggles that POCs, the underclass, and the LGBTQI* communities suffer from everyday.  But we usually speak of them alone, we speak of the oppression, the domination, the hurt, the suffering.  But are we mentioning that there are solutions to these systemic pathologies?  When you discuss the inequalities do you mention that politics of liberation are a means of hope, a means of empowering, a means of acting out r{EVOL}ution?   Another problem is that fact a lot of people make the mistake of forgetting that they also have the capacity to oppress others.  So when you speak, do you oppress the individual you are speaking to?  Do you selfishly consider yourself and your interests and not the communal interests?  When I say communal interests I mean the well being of all people, the interest of their liberation and NOT some status quo (that many people assume is some selfish belief they have that usually goes so far beyond them).  So many times the personal fear and paranoia of an individual will cause them to make blanket oppressive statements against entire populations of people and that consideration is never outside of their supposed “feelings” or “opinions”.  When you speak are you speaking with the intent to liberate, show love, critically evaluate, and empower? Continue Reading

Blog at WordPress.com.