Below a quote from a cartoon I saw recently dealing with alcoholism on the rez. The very hallmark of colonization-that of passing the buck.
“Our own people who would rather blame their own to gain favor as pet of the establishment before considering the systemic nature of colonization…”
Right-the problem always lies elsewhere than with the individual-they have zero responsibility for their own actions, no personal strength to call upon as our ancestors did when they mounted up to fight.
They’ve just laid down, made a treaty with alcohol or drugs, and ceded EVERYTHING.
The welfare of loved ones and community is of a secondary nature-even their own personal welfare-and that is what’s becoming systemic.
I know someone who is a clinical psychologist and they can offer an excuse, an explanation, for any kind of behavior-but having lived with a drunken abusive father while I may not have a piece of paper to hang on the wall or be a cartoonist I am qualified none the less to say that excuses and explanations don’t stop the hand that delivers the blow-they don’t put food on the table from money that was spent on getting drunk-they don’t pay for those new shoes in winter time or a jacket-and they sure as hell don’t stop the rape of woman or the commission of a crime…and I have yet to see anyone holding a gun to a drunks or rapists head forcing them to do anything.
I’m a long time over this whining, crying, it’s nobodies fault because they are a victim BS-we all know about being victims, but we sure as hell don’t have to embrace it-I won’t, and I don’t care who has a problem with that.
I’m not interested in being a pet of the Establishment of Denial.