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Happy Día de la Raza!

Today marks the day we recognize the European GoldThirsters coming upon humans they never met before; the era that Italian, French, and Spanish LandWanters came sailing onto shores where other people lived; the time that yet provides the template still acted upon in many ways, wherein those who Know Better visit violence upon others to better distribute their resources.

Arte by Nezua, using arte from the Codex Tepetlaoztoc as well as bg image by T. Mursell

 

Although Christopher Columbus was perhaps not the first to discover America, as has so often been claimed, he was the one to bring about the first real contact and interaction between Renaissance Europe and the American continent with its various civilizations; and that has shaped and changed world history in countless ways. Over 500 years later, this date is still celebrated, lamented, and debated.

One of the main consequences of this contact, was the imminent conquest of the new world by the old. In writing of his discovery, Columbus noted how he and his men were greeted with gifts and said: “As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts”. And, generally speaking, this was to characterize relations between the old world and the new: Europeans sought wealth and to impart (or impose) their culture. The indigenous people befriended them and were dominated by armies from abroad.

Día de la Raza

 

AND NOW FOR THE PURA MEZCLA ANGLE, which I am always happy to give you here at UMX.

Today marks the day we recognize the European GoldThirsters coming upon humans they never met before; the era that Italian, French, and Spanish LandWanters came sailing onto shores where other people lived; the time that yet provides the template still acted upon in many ways. Wherein those who Know Better visit violence upon others to better distribute the resources of the weaker, wherein those who Talk Louder and with many mouths pave the alleys that lead to their own coffers with many a smooth fabrication or rationalization, wherein those who center their own immoral culture and so declare another unworthy and aid in the destruction of that other culture. 

Here’s the mezcla part. Just as I am a living example of indigenous blood meeting European blood and contain this meeting within every cell of my spiritual and physical being, so do we all have this ideological potential within us. We all harbor the ability to act on our greed, on our Empire’s ethnocentrism, on our selfcentrism, on our Right to decide for others. We are all conquistadores, given the right opportunity and weakness. And yet, we are also always able to act otherwise. To consider the culture—feelings, reality, ritual, values—of another, to ask rather than to demand, to share rather than to steal, to think collectively, rather than hierarchically or patriarchically. Not only every day is this within our reach, but from moment to moment.



    5 Comments

    1. Alexa says:

      Nezua, gracias for this. very compelling. I would be honored if you would consider crossposting to NION sometime today for our First People observance. your voice is always very welcome. I really appreciate this post a lot.

    2. […] The Unapologetic Mexican writes: Just as I am a living example of indigenous blood meeting European blood and contain this meeting within every cell of my spiritual and physical being, so do we all have this ideological potential within us. We all harbor the ability to act on our greed, on our Empire’s ethnocentrism, on our selfcentrism, on our Right to decide for others. We are all conquistadores, given the right opportunity and weakness. And yet, we are also always able to act otherwise. To consider the culture—feelings, reality, ritual, values—of another, to ask rather than to demand, to share rather than to steal, to think collectively, rather than hierarchically or patriarchically. Not only every day is this within our reach, but from moment to moment. (more) […]

    3. democommie says:

      Nezua:

      516 years; boy, how time flies. And, in all that time, the conquistagreed has not been assuaged–of course, it cannot be, ever.

      You are, of course, absolutely correct in saying that we have the ability to choose a soft, easy way of hatred and fear, or a hard, difficult way of love and trust. I waver, at times, but I persevere. Carry on.

    4. jorge says:

      mestizaje is a myth. families of the elite ruling class of this continent can trace their lineage back to families in europe. at the time of the invasion, there were no national armies, only hired mercenaries. our ancestors were raped and killed by them. your homework assignment is to tell us who made up the majority of mercenaries of that time. we do have some of their blood in us by force. but mainly we survived and either isolated, acculturated, or assimilated. i say we look critically and deeply at our history and honor our ancestors by uncovering more truth about the invasion, not perpetuate myths which essentially minimize our ancestor’s sacrifices.
      con respeto and in struggle,
      jorge

    5. nezua says:

      jorge, your homework assignment is to learn how to speak to me with respect in my house. saying “con respeto” doesnt make it so! dig thy tone.

      i dont mind opposing viewpoints or learning more. but are you sure you know everything about “our ancestors”?

      one human’s myth is another human’s life experience.

      peace.

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