Tuesday, October 07, 2014

#NoMoreStolenSisters

Hi friends,
I'm not sharing this link because I believe that doing so will return a single lost love or restore a single life: I know that such beautiful outcomes are beyond the power of my blog  and of my facebook page.
I'm sharing this because seeing the link on my friend Mary's facebook wall reminded me of something I should not have been able to forget.
This post is not here as a platitude, and it is not here to make me or you or anyone else feel better. It is here to make us feel worse. It is here to remind me to be CONSCIOUSLY AWARE of this ONGOING HORROR. It is here to remind me that if I haven't taken some action today, real direct action, then I share responsibility for the woman who goes missing tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.
As Canadians, we have a duty to put pressure on our reporters, and on our politicians, and on our police, nationally or locally, and to keep putting pressure on them until native women are no more likely to disappear or to be murdered than any other Canadian.
So far, I have failed my community in this matter. That stops today. From now on, every day that I am on-line I will start by asking a police official, a news agency, and a politician what they have done to resolve this issue.
My friends, I encourage you to consider doing the same. If you think I'm going to be wasting a whole 20 minutes of each day (perish forbid!) then I encourage you to come up with a better solution. If you do, please share it! I will be one of the people cheering for you!
Be well. Do good.
John

Friday, May 02, 2014

We Are (almost) All Monkeys

So, you've probably heard the story by now. In fact, you've probably heard the follow-up stories and you've certainly had every possibility to see some of the photos, and you may even have been one of the thousands of tweeters, re-tweeters, google+ers, facbookers, snapchatters and over-the-fence-gossips who helped to spread the story. For those who missed it, it goes like this:

Dani Alves, a footballer in Catalonia, was subject to a VERY COMMON racist insult during a match. Some schmuck threw a banana onto the pitch, with the usual accompanying cries of "monkey". Alves picked up the banana, peeled it, and ate it, inadvertently launching a campaign that one of his colleagues had been planning for some time: a social media campaign of footballers and other celebrities eating bananas with the hashtag we are all monkeys.

The police have arrested the cap-de-cul, and just about everyone in the world has had something to say about it up until now. As the last lemming in the parade, I'd just like to add share my opinion. Of course, I could be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time today.

You see, I think that the banana-thrower may just be right about one thing. Maybe he isn't as much of a monkey as all of those other people eating bananas in front of cameras. As an anthropologist and an educated member of the human race in the 21st century I agree that we are (almost) all monkeys. I mean, I would prefer the words "great ape", but monkey will do.

I add the word "almost" because I think the racist banana-thrower may not be a monkey, and I have evidence!

After all, everyone knows that most monkeys are full of bananas and throw their shit.

#weareALMOSTallmonkeys