As I’m learning more about how to build a better world, the title of the book by Aldous Huxley comes to mind.
Brave New World is a dystopian social science fiction novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy,Wikipedia
I’m having a great deal of difficulty getting my white friends to see the fundamental injustices of the culture of white supremacy and capitalism. Beyond the moral imperative, this is even more urgent to understand now as change is being forced upon us. As environmental chaos rapidly worsens. As our political and economic systems fail. We don’t want to perpetuate current injustices in whatever comes next.
I’ve been developing versions of the diagram below to try to illustrate these things. For over a year I’ve been learning about, participating in a Mutual Aid community. That is shown as the way forward by its position at the bottom of the diagram.
The other thing I have just begun to learn about is LANDBACK.
My first post about LANDBACK was published a couple of days ago. My introduction to LANDBACK. My first real introduction was when I heard Denzel Southerland-Wilson talk about LANDBACK in January, 2020. I’ll soon be writing about the terrifying time when Royal Canadian Mounted Police had him in the sights of a sniper rifle as he was protecting his land.
When I recently asked some of my Native friends how I/we white people could be most supportive, the answer was #LANDBACK. (The hashtag is often used when talking about LANDBACK, because doing so will include what you write in the results returned when people search the Internet.)
The idea of Indigenous peoples leading justice work is often heard but had not often been practiced, in my observations. But recently there has been a noticeable rise in Indigenous led activism.
Will we follow that leadership, and work for LANDBACK?
What I am learning is #LANDBACK is about much more than returning control of public lands to Indigenous peoples. Following is an outline of the concepts of #LANDBACK.
#LANDBACK is the reclamation of everything stolen from the original Peoples.
This diagram is a work in progress. While working on it this morning, I realized the interconnectedness of Mutual Aid and LANDBACK.
I like to think of this as an outline for a Brave New World.