I have been thinking a lot about the notion of colonization..
So… this is about to get real subjective so just roll with me.
Imagine someone comes to your house. A house that’s been in your family for generations. With a yard you take meticulous care of, in the only neighborhood you’ve ever known. Imagine you keep all your stuff at the house. Your kids and partner live in the house, and are very happy there with you.
Then one day, someone comes to your house.
They bring 5 dudes with machine guns, kill your children, rape your partner and burn the lease to your house. They beat you up, take all of your food and ration it to you. They invite more friends over, who put their shoes on your kitchen table and leave trash in your yard. They redecorate, throw out your music, dvds, and change all your bookmarks online.
They claim they’re adding culture to your house by putting up their favorite band’s posters, and their favorite artwork.
Eventually, the people who live in your house now decide the fairest thing to do for you, and your traumatized partner, is to move you into the shed.
Then, while you’re living into the shed, the people who took your house invite others over, and tell them they bought the house, own it and have made it something wonderful.
That’s America and Australia.
How are we okay with this? We tell our children in school that the theft of people’s homes is heroic. We tell our children that the people defending their homes were passive or didn’t even exist.
I’m not for that at all. Don’t lie to the children. Don’t lie to yourselves. Europe has done some brutal, unforgivable things to the world.
Some white people would say, well are we supposed to apologize?
The answer is no. Don’t apologize to me about the culture of your people, and their evil, psychopathic tendencies.
Apologize for carrying them on, and change your behavior.
A conversation I had with a friend made a great connection in my head.
Gentrification feels wrong, and it feels like an invasion. It feels like theft. It feels like people are walking into your neighborhood and calling it their own. They tell you what you need and that nothing is going on, and they move forward in changing things as if you don’t even exist.
Hipster colonization is happening, and we need to work together to strengthen our neighborhoods. We MUST pay attention to who is interested in developing near us, if we care about maintaining our histories and the unique cultures of our neighborhoods.
This cropped up in my timehop today. Still have these feels.