Friday, June 10, 2016
Portland State University/Student Union Room 296
This panel discussion is an attempt to process and address issues of the impact of colonization on Indigenous and African/Black communities, the impacts on our current lives as Indigenous and African/Black people, how we continue to struggle under colonial rule, how our collective struggles are tied to each other and subsequently how our liberation is tied together, and how we might support Indigenous and African/Black liberatory struggle in the 21st century.
Central to the philosophy of colonization is domination, control, and exploitation. Colonization is an intersection of systems of oppression, while the reasons for American colonization were primarily based on religious, economic, and political factors, in actuality this colonization attempted to destroy the social and cultural structures of Indigenous cultures in every corner of the planet. At the point of contact on Turtle Island (All of North and Central Americas) colonization had a significant impact on both Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and African peoples brought here during the transatlantic slave trade. These events created parallel and lasting experiences for these groups of people that continue to this day. This process continues to have grave consequences to the lives of the living ancestors of Indigenous and African people that we see play out in the policies of genocide and the way in which these populations are treated in this country and across the world impacting:
-Climate change and its impact on communities of color,
-Access to traditional food, hunting and fishing rights,
-Substance use and food access as social control
-Police brutality and the Prison Industrial Complex
-Violence against women and trans folks,
-Human trafficking, etc.
The history of colonization still impacts Native people by continuing to be made invisible, and African people continue to be disposable. We believe that as our history of oppression is tied together, so is our liberation.