MNN. Mar. 2, 2013. The following quote does not advocate the burning down of anybody’s house. It’s an expression of rage against the system of brutality that has been forced on the Indigenous people. Arihwakehte says, “It happens to have the word burning in their context as a symbol of bringing down a system – burnin’ pollution – band council – burnin’ illusion – voting and policing and redistribution of wealth and power [looting]”.
“This morning I woke up in a curfew, realized I was a prisoner too. Could not recognize the faces standing over me. They were all dressed in uniforms of brutality. How many rivers do we have to cross before we can talk to the boss? All we have got, it seems, we have lost. We have already paid the cost. That’s why we are gonna be a burnin’ and a lootin’ tonight. Burnin’ your pollution tonight, burnin your illusion tonight”. [Bob Marley: Burning 1976].
“To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censored, commanded by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
“To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.
“It is under the pretext of public utility and in the name of the general interest to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed.
“Then at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed.
“And, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government. That is its justice. Thaz is its morality. [Proudhon: 19th Century philosopher.] We sign in solidarity.
Things don’t need to be this way. We can stick to our law, the Kaianerekowa. But we must not close our eyes to what will be in store for us. The consequences of following the colonial model of government are already well known. Previously posted, Dec. 4, 2004.
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