A comment was made, "Leave the artist Joy Harjo alone she speaks the truth for all people." This is precisely the problem with Harjo's actions--the perception that she represents "all people," or at least all Native American people. This is the kind of power she has to influence others and why her decision not to respect the BDS movement and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people is a huge problem for those of us Native people who do. Harjo does not "speak the truth" for me. From my perspective, Israel is a settler apartheid state engaged in ethnic cleansing of lands that belonged to other people before 1948. Regardless of what you think of Palestinians as Arabs or any other kind of people, it doesn't change the facts. In 1948 the world's foremost colonial powers saw fit to ship all it's Jews back to a place they had left long ago, without the consent of the people who would be displaced. No matter how you try to spin the story, this was the net effect. That is the essence of settler colonialism.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 08:57