“I don’t believe in men. I’ve never met a man in my life.”

Today, Guernica Magazine published a great, insightful and inciting interview with South Asian trans performance duo DarkMatter. For instance, this is how they expand upon the above statement that Alok never met a man:Janani Balasubramanian: I think what Alok was saying with the idea of how we’ve never met a man in our lives, is …

This idea of “ruining,” or really, “changing” Cuba, felt condescending and arrogant, erasing the Cuban people from their own narrative. Since the founding of the United States, when Thomas Jefferson’s “candidly confessed[ed]” his desire to colonize the island nation to the moment when Americans “celebrated” Cuba’s independence from Spain—and then proceeded to exploit the country’s …

García Márquez Has “Gone to Texas”

Not sure what to make of this:  Gabriel García Márquez, who died in April at 87, was a strong critic of American imperialism who was banned from entry to the United States for decades, even after “One Hundred Years of Solitude” vaulted him to international celebrity and, in 1982, the Nobel Prize in Literature. But now García Márquez, who …

chirotus: constant-instigator: ermefinedining: This map should be included in every history book. Oh wow! I’ve been wanting this for ages! This needs to be in every history book along with a map showing where those nations have been pushed to now. A map of the major (indigenous) linguistic groups in North America.

Columbus Day

To still believe that Christopher Columbus was a great man who “discovered” the “new world” and to downplay the horrors of colonialism that started after his arrival is like believing the world is flat. Horrors that can’t be undone. Certainly European people can’t (and shouldn’t) be removed from the Americas today, hundreds of years later. …

Yellowstone To Kill 900 Bison During Winter Cull

I admit that it’ss easy to say as someone in non-rural Germany, but still: I’d love to see more Bison in the wild – and not just in specified areas like a national park. A population of 4,000 bisons isn’t that large, there used to bve millions. Not like that area is cramped for space. …

Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New …

When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White : Code Switch : NPR

Kat Chow on NPR’s code switch blog wrote a great article on the history of vanilla. As with so many things originating on the American continent, the history is inextricably connected to colonialism, slavery, and appropriation by whiteness. For instance, the Totonac Indians of Mexico had the knowledge how to efficiently cultivate vanilla beans, a …

I have noticed that whenever you have soldiers in the story it is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history. Paula Gunn Allen, American Indian Writier (via poppascrew)