The cool down has begun and will be missing the okra flowers till next spring.
The cool down has begun and will be missing the okra flowers till next spring.
Language is a funny thing in some ways, the more it expands the more confusion and misinterpretations there can and will be.
Some languages are referred to as romantic and others guttural or even primitive, depending on birth language and culture.
There’s a lot to be said for what is known among the nations as hand talk, or in the movies sign language.
American sign language is more expansive but I believe there is an inherent simplistic beauty and efficacy in hand talk that makes it more difficult to misunderstand – it was something of a universal language among the nations that afforded the opportunity to communicate, exchange news, and trade.
I’ve been gifted many things culturally, among them the ability to engage in hand talk as taught to me by grandfather and grandmother.
There have been times, maybe practice sessions when I was younger and throughout my life when during the course of a day an appreciable amount would be spent hand talking, no words, and no misunderstandings.
As complicated as today’s world is and the overwhelming emphasis placed on the spoken and written word it wouldn’t meet the same requirements it once did, and even though I’ve probably “spoken” more words in this blog than I have in a comparable number of years silence doesn’t bother me.
I believe there are times when more is said in the silence of a look or touch than words are capable of – a sort of spirit talk when one spirit reaches out to another, touches the other, and speaks a language all their own.
The definition of racism:
Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
There is apparently no escape from what I consider to be a global lunacy when it comes to racism, how it is interpreted or defined by individuals and the fact that it exists.
There was a time when I was younger, in my teens and early twenties when I had no use for anything white – in describing that in an earlier blog I said it extended to even a bar of soap, something of an exaggeration but I wanted to make a point about the ignorance I was embracing.
As I said in that blog I grew up and began to understand the stupidity of judging anyone based on ethnicity and also have repeatedly addressed the issue of “white guilt” in saying I don’t believe there is a universal one size fits guilt that is applicable to anyone, that guilt is the singular result of deeds and words.
If it’s about racism and guilt they exist it in every ethnic demographic everywhere on this planet and it is a global stupidity that it does.
In the previous blog I added a couple of videos by the Eagles and in an earlier one another by Rod Stewart – having done so I’ve been informed by an individual in a series of rambling dissertations that in some bizarre manner I am exhibiting racist tendencies because I like the songs I posted.
The offense re Stewart’s song of Forever Young? Beats me.
The offense of the Eagles songs and one I mentioned I didn’t link titled The End of The Innocence? Haven’t a clue though I was asked if I interpreted the use of the word “warrior” in Innocence as being racist? That’s a question that isn’t even worth responding to.
Maybe the intent wasn’t to say Stewart and the Eagles are racist but that I am because I like some of their music though the implication was they are conjoined.
In an email exchange I suggested this person stop – low and behold I was told the word stop is some kind of anti semitic “code” word.
News to me, never heard anything like that from anyone including a Jewish couple I’ve known for quite a while I asked about it.
Wasn’t at all surprised when they said it was news to them as well.
What’s really surprising is to think about how many stop signs there are in this country, in this hemisphere and elsewhere – all along motorists have been duped into thinking it was about traffic control when they were actually being exposed to hate speech and code words or that every person who likes a song by Henley or Stewart are somehow fomenting racism.
I did a search on the net using the words “ is stop an anti semitic code word” and found nothing, though I did run across a Ted Cruz quote that “New York values” is code for Jewish.
I even asked the question in the search window of a Jewish site and got nothing.
As to stop maybe I didn’t dig deep enough, didn’t plunge the depths of the internet that are comparable to the sewer systems that run beneath cities.
Ted Cruz, yeah, there’s someone whose every word is to be taken as gospel.
I mean who comes up with this kind of bullshit? Is it the same people who spend their time in basements posting conspiracy theories and warning about Reptilians in government or the impending doom of Planet X?
The real question is how racist and to what extent are they?
Word police and the so called political correctness that gives rise to such things.
How about the word mother or dog, how many negative connotations can be applied to them and who has nothing better to do than attempting to apply them?
During AIM’s reign of terror personified by the number of their victims at WK2 and the total destruction they visited against that community a part of the control mechanism was to accuse someone of being an informant- there didn’t have to be any basis in fact it was something tossed around.
A sad commentary is the word racist is, has, and will be employed in the same manner by people with the same mindset.
Maybe as a sign, proof that a person isn’t racist or supports racism they ought to risk life and limb by running every stop sign they see as an expression of protest- maybe they should exclude words like mother, dog, or who knows what others from their vocabulary, or maybe they should just tell those making such claims to grow up like I did and get a life.
Hey, maybe the colored traffic lights are code for something sinister, or that Yield sign – what’s the hidden message in Yield?
Or those beware children at play signs, should we interpret that to mean we need to beware of children playing because they could pose a personal threat?
What about a Caution sign, is that something posted by the “Illuminati” or word police that we need to exercise caution in our thoughts and speech or pay the price?
A couple of things I know and consider undeniable is that racism is directed at every demographic – that’s every demographic, white, black, yellow, brown, and red in varying degrees and there is nothing more hypocritical for victims of racism to practice it themselves in the midst of pointing their finger at others, and if the metric is to be an eye for eye then as Gandhi said we’ll all wind up blind.
History can’t be changed and no one should be so intimidated they aren’t willing to discuss it in something resembling a sane and thoughtful manner, it can’t be covered up by some societal mimicry of a cat in a litter box, and people should understand history is being created in every waking moment of every day.
And so once again I say S T O P and don’t care if anyone wants to distort and corrupt my meaning in saying so as I know exactly what I mean and it hasn’t a damn thing to do with anti semiticism.
I was accused of being somehow racist or lack empathy because I think it’s wrong for black people to call themselves “niggah”, I think it’s wrong for my own red people to protest a team mascot or name and then call themselves “skins”.
If it’s all about striking an offensive word from the lexicon no one should use it.
Wrong because if I use the word “rebel” some may be offended because they will associate it with the Civil War and the Confederacy – didn’t matter that the word speaks to rebellion, rebelling against entrenched inequities like racism – didn’t matter that in that I likened Martin Luther King jr, Mahatma Ghandi, and Nelson Mandela as rebels.
Doesn’t matter that people of color and conscience rebelled against George Wallace or Jim Crow laws – doesn’t matter that my people rebelled against an invasion, about being confined to gulags, or continue to rebel against injustice.
Doesn’t matter that the word can be employed in the context of disgust for governmental policies and societal norms.
In one of Pee Wee Hermann’s movies there’s laughable moment when he says he’s a rebel – does that mean that Hermann who is Jewish supports the Klan or any other lunatic group?
No, none of that mattered, it’s all about what some may erroneously or prefer to think – well here’s the wake up call I’m going to say what I damn well please whenever I feel like it as I know exactly what I mean, there is no secret meaning, no “coding”, no racist intent – in a word I’m not going to play that game or cater to the whims of others.
If my words are so obscure, so difficult for anyone to understand they can ask, once told it’s on them and they can take it however they like, file it in whatever agenda folder they like.
As nations our voice was taken from us for decades and I’m not giving it up to appease anyone – not the word and thought police, the crazed over the top political correctness crowd or trolls, or closet racists accusing others of being racist.
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” Kahlil Gibran
Thing about okra is the surprise when it blooms, people I know who had never seen one before would say they knew about okra, even liked it, and if they would have thought about it they would have assumed it flowered but didn’t have any idea how attractive it could be.
Kind of interesting in that it is a sturdy plant and looks like one but until it begins to flower you aren’t aware of the beauty within.
Same thing with weeds, the bane of gardens, and yet some produce beautiful flowers.
I knew an old man once who was fascinated about all things related to the “wild west”, had read volumes about it and was something of an historian – he would tell me tales about outlaws and notable figures and I in turn would tell him stories about our historical figures.
He wore dentures but wasn’t always inclined to use them, when he opted not to it could get a little amusing and I would do my best to keep a straight face.
I knew nothing about “wild west” women of that era like Annie Oakley and Belle Star, hence the title of this particular blog – when my friend minus his dentures would speak of Oakley it came out okra, and I initially thought her name was Annie Okra until her name came up again when he was fully teethed and he pronounced it Oakley.
He was a good man and I enjoyed his company.
Balance, something I believe people generally make an effort to maintain in their lives but there are exceptions – exceptions like having that extra piece of pie or cake, writing a check and hoping to make a deposit before it hits the bank, not knowing when to give it a break, or putting something on the card when they know they shouldn’t – probably related to the origin of the term impulse buy.
I don’t see a balance in graffiti such as the above, rather an imbalance – the difference between a well executed mural on the wall of a building or just some inane distribution of spray paint.
It isn’t anarchy, resistance, or any kind of social message, though it can be at times, it just basically boils down to senseless vandalism.
Kind of like spam that will attempt to present itself as meaningful when everyone knows it isn’t and amounts to little more than internet graffiti.
And this word balance has led to other thoughts I feel are related:
You can no more fool grandmother than you can mother nature, I’m convinced she has built in antennae or a third eye and can sense if somethings bothering you ( some sort of imbalance).
She’ll kind of sit back and observe and when she believes the moment is right or you haven’t worked through it will say walk or sit with me and ask if something is wrong?
You can’t be evasive, it just doesn’t work, and you have no desire to be because of who she is and her good heart – she won’t ask if you’re attempting to but you know she knows if you are and she’ll quietly wait to see if you want to discuss something or not.
If you do she’ll listen, nod her head, and wait to be asked for an opinion or advice.
When you do she will fix her gaze on some distance object as though seeing or reading smoothing, maybe ask a question or two and then offer her opinion, suggest a course to take or tell a story comparable to an Aesop’s fable with an attached moral, but always includes that whatever decision arrived at is your’s to make and should be given some thought, maybe pray and offer about it.
I sometimes feel as though it must be a burden to her, this willingness to shoulder a burden with another. But grandmother says absolutely not, it’s about family, loved ones, and friends and besides she has some sage in her hand she’s going to touch you with at some point.
Maybe I’m just rambling on here but we live in an increasingly disposable society arguably lacking balance on every level.
Unless of absolute necessity people are generally inclined to dispose of an item rather than repair it and that becomes something of an embedded mindset capable of migrating to other areas.
An emphasis is placed on Me, what’s convenient, how much effort is required and is it worth it?
Unfortunately an attitude that’s applied to elders at times, grandmothers or grandfathers, mothers or fathers, even children, and that’s a sad commentary about individuals and society that one’s such as these can be seen as a burden.
Everybody has rights and won’t hesitate to tell you what they are but seem to have difficulty in accepting the fact that their rights may end where another’s begin.
Words have become so cheap and vacuous at times they’re thrown around like confetti, splattered across a canvas of conversation and national discourse as to become as counterfeit as the proverbial three dollar bill.
But you know, it’s about more than individuals being seen as disposable, it’s about entire populations, men, women, and children being seen in the same way.
Demographics like the Palestinians, the Rohingya of Myanmar, and generally speaking indigenous populations around the world including my own and those throughout this hemisphere.
I believe injustice wherever it takes place impacts us all and the health and welfare of the entire planet as well, a planet which by no means is disposable though out of balance as it wobbles on it’s axis.
I have a friend, an elderly man who is Palestinian, an immigrant years ago who has become a citizen, a good man by any applicable standard that recently returned from his homeland after visiting relatives – when I saw him again I asked if he had any problems reentering the U.S. and he basically said not all that much, the real difficulties were in Palestine and the constant hassles of not being able to take the more obvious shorter route between points A and B but a circuitous more lengthy one and rightfully attributes that in part to the Middle Eastern fiasco of ISIS.
And though we didn’t get into a lengthy conversation or specifics Israel has more than a little culpability in all this as well – Palestine is after all a country occupied by a foreign force whether any elect to argue that Palestine is neither a country or should receive recognition as one.
Sound familiar? It should as it is cornerstone of world history and is no different than what took place in this country and this hemisphere.
Anyone who thinks they can invade a country regardless of how “righteous” they believe their cause, what god is on their side, or what ethnicity they are without resistance is a fool.
Even more so if it is the result of concepts like Manifest Destiny or portrayed as some divinely ordained mandate or obligation.
Racism and greed haven’t a thing to do with some omnipotent omniscient god, they have to do with an imbalance and are entirely of human construct.
I honestly believe if people were able to sit down and discuss territorial disputes the possibility of a solution being found would increase – the key word being people, not governments with a militaristic approach.
Now it would be a great thing if all people of the world could join hands and sing we are the world, but that ain’t happening, never has and I don’t believe ever will because of that the concept of disposability will continue to haunt humanity and a societal imbalance will in all likelihood increase.
There are things that do become disposable, the requirement and wisdom is understanding when and if that becomes the case – as people we will always have burdens to shoulder and I haven’t a problem with sharing the weight of another’s burden, but we shouldn’t knowingly create them or assume any that truly are unnecessary.
Cultures have been under relentless pressure and the truth of the matter is those pressures have led to cultural modifications and corruption and it has become obvious at least to me not all modifications are beneficial or even valid in my opinion.
These modifications have been characterized as being progressive as opposed to traditional and a case can be made for each in varying degrees.
An Aztec tradition was human sacrifice, obviously something that isn’t acceptable – slavery among myriad cultures was a traditional norm and not acceptable by today’s standards though still in practice in a number of countries.
The French Guillotine was an acceptable cultural norm at one time and while beheading a captive or rightly convicted prisoner may have been seen as such it no longer is.
Burning witches or perhaps more to the point those accused of witchcraft was culturally acceptable, setting a person on fire in these times is seen as barbaric, which it is.
When such as these were commonplace they were interpreted as a balanced approach but from the perspective of historical hindsight they were anything but.
So the question arises what among modern cultures seen as being acceptable will from a future historical perspective be seen as an imbalance and is anyone paying attention?
That’s something for everyone to consider before they plunge ahead – it’s one thing to learn from a history and another to ignore the lessons and repeat it.
As a species that talks about an evolutionary aspect to life, the life we lead, the attitudes and philosophies are reflective of not just who we are but governments as well and should be improving as we move forward and our ability to comprehend and give a damn allegedly improves.
Lot of history between hotóá’e and the people.
I get asked about cultural appropriation not infrequently, in the age of political correctness and word police I have a few simple questions – if wearing an article or articles of attire can be railed against as cultural appropriation does Russell Means homage to Hop Along Cassidy in the above photo qualify, or does it only work one way depending on ethnicity?
I mean really, look at this, he looks like he’s going to a Halloween party – all that was missing was a pair of six guns strapped to his hip and a sidekick like Gabby Hayes.
When it comes to appropriating which is more egregious clothes or money?
Why money you ask? Consider Means for personal profit law suit against the Cleveland Indians – a multi million dollar suit Means “settled” for thirty five thousand and split with his Cleveland AIM chapter home boy Jerome “Warhorse” Weitzel as he skipped town possibly due to his involvement with a married woman.
What became of Means take? Your guess is as good as mine though Means claimed when pressed he used it to begin Yellow Thunder Camp.
If you’ve ever been to or seen photos of the “camp”, another “donations” scams Means abandoned saying he was tired of “babysitting” when it didn’t become the cash cow he anticipated you’d be obliged to question whether fifteen thousand was invested in it.
Since the suit was all about political correctness and promoted in that way on behalf of Means great concern for his “people” and the scourge of cultural appropriation shouldn’t they have had a say in any settlement arrived at? Shouldn’t they have been the beneficiaries?
If say for instance a person like Dennis Bank$ makes and sells drums to a non indigenous person is he trafficking in cultural appropriation? How about marketing ceremonies, does that qualify?
And if so where’s the politically correct outrage?
Since Means boasted of only flying first class I wonder if his homage to Hoppy was designed and put together by Versace as children, our children, ran around half clothed or in hand me down rags?
The photo from a Center for Western Studies conference at Augustana College related to Wounded Knee 2 in 2012 when AIM got raked over the coals and fully exposed related to their reign of terror and destruction that became known as Wounded Knee 2.
Personally I prioritize issues when it comes to cultural appropriation, I’m not going to jump on whatever the latest meme happens to be
If it comes from any quadrant of the AIM universe I’m not only going to take a second look but a third and fourth as well to ascertain whose behind it, the motivation, and the level of validity.
Prioritize as in the selling of licenses to conduct ceremonies, who puts in appearances for a fee at bogus new age sweat lodges and conferences.
Whose making and selling those dvds of “sacred knowledge”, whose serving up our belief systems and traditions to be hybridized with inclusions of UFOs, “chiefs” acting as emissaries for ETs as they deal tarots cards and gaze into crystal balls accompanied by those without a verifiable drop of indigenous blood who adorn themselves with what they believe is the appropriate ndn attire and name.
Laughable names something like Blue Spirit Eagle Sky Feather or Dances With Humming Birds as they drone on about the great warrior, medicine man/woman, or Cherokee princess they were in a past life or the prophet, “channel”, and healer they are in this life.
Where’s the outrage? Where’s the demand for political correctness?
Is it mitigated by whether a buck or two can be hustled? Whether they are of the nations?
Halloween not long ago was a day when children put on costumes and got to pretend, for the most part now it’s about adults going to parties and getting drunk, and as we all know drunks can get pretty stupid at times.
Do I have an issue with a non indigenous child pretending to be ndn on Halloween?
Not in the least – not anymore than if they pretend to be Spiderman or Cat Woman, or if one of our women makes Chinese of Italian food.
What I have an issue with are those who pretend to be opposed to cultural appropriation as they engage in it themselves – and I really don’t care what their name is or who they think they are.
The origins of Halloween are somewhat obscure – some believe it is of Gaelic origins while others say it is Christian in origin.
If it is Gaelic then one could say it has been culturally appropriated in this country and else where and if our children go “trick or treating” are they engaging in an act of cultural appropriation?
The point being when it comes to political correctness and word and thought police there can be no end to it and as one of multiple priorities we ought to focus on the more egregious appropriation of gangbangers and drug dealers within our communities calling themselves warriors or the appropriation of titles like chief by those who wouldn’t recognize a chief if one stood in front of them.