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Education means Liberation.
Check out Nican Tlaca University on youtube for lessons on our Nican Tlaca identity and history.
Education means Liberation.
There is a square in the capital of what is now known as Bolivia. It is called the Plaza Murillo. Just the thought of it fills me with a feeling of immense pride and warmth.
I hear children laughing, and mujeres de pollera talking in Aymara, one of our original languages. The sweet scent of pasankalla is in the air. Young Nican Tlaca Indigenous couples are going for a walk with their guagita, their baby. Elderly men are feeding the pigeons some pan de maiz. Inti, the sun, warms my skin. I see the wiphala on the governmental palace, dancing with the Andean breeze. I see the flag of my ancestors. I see my people being led towards liberation.
There was a time where the wiphala would be nowhere near ANY governmental building and the president was a descendant of the European invaders, a criollo. It was during that time, that my abuelito, my grandad, and his father, went on a day trip to the capital city. His father wanted to show him the square and the governmental palace. But as soon as they arrived, a soldier told them that they were not permitted to be there and they had to go. My abuelito, in his ponchito and chullito, was sent away. Sent away by a brainwashed Nican Tlaca Indigenous brother, restricted from moving around freely on his own ancestral land.
It was on that same square that my great warrior-ancestors, Bartolina Sisa and Tupac Katari, were killed by the European invaders. Tupac Katari was brutally tortured and executed; his body was chopped into four pieces. Bartolina Sisa was savagely tortured, beaten and repeatedly raped before being beheaded. The heads and limbs of my courageous warrior-ancestors were exhibited in various regions as a warning to my people to not dare do the same thing they did.
And what did they do exactly? The magnificent Bartolina Sisa and Tupac Katari, with an army of my ancestors, laid siege to the city of La Paz for 184 days. 10,000 Europeans starved to death; the ones who survived were forced to live off the meat and flesh of their dead children.
In another part of my region, my great warrior-ancestors Micaela Bastidas and Tupac Amaru II also fought against those pale-skinned pillagers. They, along with an army of my people, spread like a raging fire throughout the land, burning down the homes, businesses and plantations of the Europeans, killing anyone who got in their way.
Their fearless rebellion led them to being viciously murdered by the Europeans. Tupac Amaru’s tongue was ripped out of his mouth, his body was chopped into four pieces and he was beheaded. However, before they put him through this cruel death, they forced him to watch the torture and execution of his warrior-partner, Micaela Bastidas.
And what were my ancestors fighting for? They were fighting for our people, our land, our lives. They fought for the lives they once knew; lives filled with beauty, knowledge, morality and dignity.
They fought for our Nican Tlaca societies where women and men balanced the universe together. Where we complemented one another creating a beautiful duality. A beautiful duality that has been stolen from us, bit by bit, since 1492.
I can see my female ancestors when I look at the artefacts of Supe Caral, I see the participation of my sisters in a city that existed in 5500 BCE; one of the oldest cities in human history. You see, my people knew of the importance of both man and woman; this is nothing new for us.
My people in Tawantinsuyu, under the political state of the Inca, created a society that not only eliminated poverty through the collective hard work of both women and men. We also created two political hierarchies that existed side by side; one made up of my Nican Tlaca sisters and one made up of my Nican Tlaca brothers.
To a colonized eye, it may seem like a division, but in actual fact the women and men of Tawantinsuyu were two halves of a whole. There was the Temple of the Moon, panelled entirely in silver, with a Nican Tlaca female face on it. There was the Temple of the Sun, panelled entirely in gold, with a Nican Tlaca male face on it. Such creativity in our expressions of duality.
My Inca sisters not only fuelled political life but they also preserved our cosmology, archiving it through the weaving of textiles. They were priestesses who would carry out rituals, teaching the younger women our cosmology; passing down the knowledge generation through generation.
I can see my Mayan ancestors on murals and sculptures; depictions of matrilineal societies, where both men and women were leaders. My Huastec sisters stare back at me whenever I go to the Mexico section in the British Museum of Stolen Goods.
My Olmec abuelas defiantly stand beside my Olmec abuelos in sculpture form; a sign that both my female and male ancestors held positions of prestige. This is something that confused European men when they invaded my land. They had just come from a place where women were accused of being witches and burned at the stake when they tried to enter the fields of medicine or education.
That is why they always belittle the role of Nican Tlaca women in our pre-colonial societies. We are simplified, we are erased from the pages of history.
We are not seen as the great Mexica women who played a vital role in warfare, making the weaponry that would be used by our brothers. We are not seen as the doctors who would treat their battle wounds, who would develop the medicinal knowledge of our people as a whole. We are not seen as the scribes, composers, teachers, merchants, litigants; as the students who attended the mandatory education of the Mexica state.
When one of my ancestral Nican Tlaca sisters would give birth, she would be honoured as a warrior. The female obstetrician would recite poetry that spoke of our complex cosmology to the newborn child. The mother and baby would be taken around the city or the village. All the people would come out and show respect to these two warriors. What a way to live, where Creation was so highly respected and us, the ones who continue Creation through childbirth, would be revered.
Look at how we live now, as a COLONISED people who have to watch the Europeans completely disrespect our Creation, our continent, with their greed. We, the Nican Tlaca Indigenous people of Cemanahuac, are currently a COLONISED people. Myself and my sisters do not belong to a generic woman experience, nor do we need a Eurocentric ideology to help us fight colonialism. Feminism cannot be used as a tool for my people’s liberation, it was made by and for the white woman.
It was first created because the European woman wanted to play a bigger role in the colonial power structure. They wanted the power, the privilege, the profit; you name it, they wanted it. They embraced white supremacy wholeheartedly, they perpetuated our genocide as well as the holocaust of our African sisters and brothers.
The white women in the United Settler States were appalled at the prospect of black men being able to vote before them, so they created their suffragette movement. Feminism was a movement based around the demand that US society acknowledged their whiteness, their superiority. Their equality with the white man was the only thing that mattered to them.
Amelia S. Quinton, a white feminist, once said “Let us give to the destitute tribe Christian homes and missions, for without these no race can rise.” European women loved white supremacy, it fuelled their arrogance, to the point where they began to see themselves as the “mothers of the human race”; pretty ironic considering they were only crawling out of the caves while we were developing beautiful civilizations.
A Nican Tlaca sister, Pam Colorado, summarises feminism perfectly; “It seems to me the feminist agenda is basically one of rearranging social relations within the society which is occupying our land and utilising our resources for its own benefit. Nothing I’ve encountered in feminist theory addresses the fact of our colonisation, or the wrongness of white women’s stake in it… I can only conclude that, like Marxism, which arrives at the same outcome through class rather than gender theory, feminism is essentially a Euro-supremacist ideology and is therefore quite imperialist in its implications.”
We do not need a Eurocentric ideology to help us practice what we have ALWAYS practiced as a people. The only reason we stopped respecting one another, irregardless of gender, is because the Europeans brainwashed our ancestors into acting like them. That is why our Nican Tlaca brothers shout at us, hit us and abuse us. It is not because it is part of our culture; something I have heard my sisters say numerous times. It is part of our ongoing oppression under colonialism.
It is part of living as a colonised Nican Tlaca man, who has no real power on his own land, or anywhere else on this planet. My brothers have to put up with white supremacist abuse on a daily basis, whether it be through institutions or individuals. They have to feel hungry despite coming from a continent that could feed him and all our people easily. Here, we have to struggle to make ends meet, holding down two or three cleaning jobs, sometimes more. Back home, we also have to struggle, because we are forced to pay rent, to the white colonial government, to live on OUR land. We have to pay bills to white colonial companies so that we can drink OUR water.
All of this creates helplessness and frustration in my Nican Tlaca brothers and after a day of working and worrying and struggling, they take their anger out on us. I am not saying it is right, I am not saying we should put up with it. I am just putting it in context. We should always put it in context. Our men are not innately abusive and violent. All we have to do is look back at our original societies in order to understand this. We have to look at the bigger picture and see that domestic violence is a symptom, not a cause; it is not the root problem.
At the same time, we must not ignore the sexism that my Nican Tlaca brothers go through. Masculinity in a brown body seems to scream DANGER in this white supremacist society. Their masculinity makes white women clutch onto their handbags and the arms of their partners a little tighter. At the same time, their sexuality is fetishised, they are seen as the forbidden fruit in the eyes of the white woman, an exotic accessory.
All of this is further perpetuated by the colonial label of Latino, a label that takes our true Nican Tlaca Indigenous identity away. Instead of being seen as descendants of genius and greatness, my brothers are seen as gangsters, drug dealers; not sought after for their honourable heritage, but sought after because they are “sexy Latin boys”.
My sisters are reduced to Spanish-speaking, salsa-dancing sexual objects who wear body-shapers and bum-lifters in order to conform our Nican Tlaca Indigenous bodies to this stereotyping fetish.
Both my brothers AND my sisters have fallen for this colonial trap. My brothers find themselves going after those of us who tick the boxes of this Latina stereotype. My sisters seem to be only be attracted to the “bad boys” of our community, instead of the brothers who are less contaminated by this colonial cliche.
It is a vicious circle, but it is not a circle that has been carved out by us. It has been carved out by our colonisers, our oppressors; the Europeans.
The term Latin America was first coined by the European settler, Francisco Bilbao, in 1856. From that came the identity Latin American, an identity that was originally created for the Europeans who had been born on my land, on the blood of my ancestors, on the ruins of our civilizations. The Latin American identity never belonged to us, the original people of Cemanahuac.
The label of Latino is not truly our’s either. It is merely an invention of the Cubans in Miami, the Spanish criollos who had to flee Cuba because the wealth they had stolen from our Nican Tlaca people and our African sisters and brothers, was being taken away from them. They took control of the media and used the term Latino – and Hispanic too – to target my people for profit and power.
Both the European man and the European woman are involved in this disgusting distortion of my people’s true identity as the Indigenous and rightful owners of our continent. Feminism is merely a tool for the white woman to gain more power over us in the colonial structure.
Both the pale man and the pale woman have played a role in the genocide of my Nican Tlaca people. She turned a supposed “blind eye” to her husband’s thievery; whether it was our gold, silver or the virginity of Nican Tlaca children. She watched her home get built by Nican Tlaca and African slaves, whom she had purchased at the slave auctions. She happily lived in that house and on the land that was stolen from us.
And when we weren’t picking enough cotton out on the plantations, that were created on STOLEN LAND, she made us get whipped and beaten until the blood poured out of our backs and the bruises spread over our skin. She ran the Indian boarding schools; she molested and beat the pride, dignity, culture, identity and HUMANITY out of our Nican Tlaca children, our ancestors.
Now there are European women as heads of states, in the colonial nations of Argentina, Brazil and Chile. And just like the Spanish queen Isabella, who funded Columbus’ invasion of my land, they continue to kill my Nican Tlaca sisters and brothers. They steal the Amazon from my people in Brazil, they send the army and police out to shoot my people dead in Argentina and they imprison our Mapuche warriors in Chile. They violently plot against our warrior-leader, Nicolas Maduro, in Venezuela.
These white women are not fighting for my sisters. They are part of the same colonial system that oppresses both Nican Tlaca women and men EQUALLY. In order to fight for my people’s liberation, I must use the tool of decolonisation, of Nican Tlaca nationalism. Feminism – in any of it’s forms – only helps to maintain the illusion that the struggle of a Nican Tlaca woman is against our Nican Tlaca men. It does not go to the root of our oppression. It does not expose the fact that it was European men who indoctrinated my brothers with machismo.
Through decolonisation, my people – irregardless of gender or age or anything – can find complete liberation. We can rid ourselves of the machismo, the homophobia and all the other poisons the Europeans infected us with.
There are movements throughout my land that are fighting against the colonial governments and these movements involve both Nican Tlaca women and men. In Colombia, a republic that is ruled over by Spaniards, there are two Nican Tlaca women running for president; Clara Lopez and Aida Avello. They are not fighting over gender issues. They are fighting for our land and our resources; they are demanding that OUR land and OUR resources are in OUR hands, and not in the greedy hands of the invaders.
In Venezuela, there are fierce Nican Tlaca and African women who together formed a cordon in order to stop Maria Corina Machado – the white opposition leader – from entering parliament after it was revealed that she was planning to violently overthrow our warrior-leader, Nicolas Maduro. The head of the country’s Armed Forces is a Nican Tlaca sister, Carmen Melendez, someone who is ready to militarily defend our people against the claws of the criollos, the European descendants who continue to loot our land.
In Bolivia, our warrior-leader Evo Morales Ayma is staying true to our Nican Tlaca roots and making the changes necessary so that my Nican Tlaca sisters can play key roles in political life. Under his leadership, the proportion of Nican Tlaca women in parliament has doubled, we now hold 47% of Senate seats and Ana Maria Romero, a Nican Tlaca sister has been elected Senate president. Furthermore, my Nican Tlaca sisters make up nearly half of the mayors and council persons in Bolivia’s 327 local governments, and 96% of them are holding public office for the first time.
All this goes to show that with the power back in our own hands, instead of the hands of the European settlers, we will practice the ways of our ancestors and respect one another, irregardless of gender. We will work together, as one Nican Tlaca people, in order to regain our land, our resources and the right to govern ourselves, with no interference from the criollos.
We have not been an independent people for 500 years. Our independence was taken from us when the Europeans invaded our lands and killed 95% of our ancestors through the cowardly use of smallpox. Our holocaust continued during and after the criollo independence movement, a movement created by and for the white settlers on my land; so that they did not have to take orders from the European crowns anymore, having complete free reign to rape and pillage.
These criollos are still raping and pillaging. We are still under attack by the colonisers, the invaders, the true illegals on our continent. Take a look at the elite who are constantly undermining the leadership of our honourable warriors, Evo Morales Ayma and Nicolas Maduro. You will see European faces, red with anger, because our people, in those regions, are slowly but surely putting an end to their reign.
I will fight these parasites as a Nican Tlaca alongside my sisters and my brothers. I will rid my land of all European poisons. I will rip them out by the root. I will not allow my gender to be a barrier between me and my brothers. I will not demonise my brothers, my fathers, my grandfathers. I will uplift my sons, my nephews, my grandsons. I will tell them of our ancestors, how honourable we were, how we worked as a collective, developing societies that would outshine anything they could imagine.
I am a descendant of those Nican Tlaca women, of the warriors, scientists, weavers, poets, farmers, astronomers, philosophers who, alongside Nican Tlaca men, wove Nican Tlaca society together. And together with my Nican Tlaca brothers, we will pick up our weapons of literature, we will fortify the pride of our true identity and fight against our one and only enemy; white supremacy.
Awqa Yayra Colque
As the mixed-blood and full-blood Nican Tlaca Indigenous people of Cemanahuac (The Americas), we are still colonised and oppressed by the European invaders on our land. Our topmost enemies are colonialism and white supremacy, and they come in many forms.
Historically, we have been an oppressed people for the last 500 years.
Our great warrior-ancestor, Tupac Amaru II once said; “The people who do not cultivate their memory will never be able to construct their own history, they will lack independence and sovereignty. They will not be able to interpret their past, confront their present or project their future.”
We must understand that Europeans have been deliberately distorting historical facts about our Nican Tlaca history since the invasion of 1492; reducing our ancestors to “superstitious savages” who lived in “simple societies”. They have forced their “Latin/Hispanic” identity on us and called the rape of our grandmothers a “mestizaje”. We must confront these historical distortions by educating ourselves. We need to understand our true history and true identity. We also need to understand the illusions that the Europeans have placed in front of us. Understanding these illusions will allow us to see our colonised reality for what it is. By asserting our Nican Tlaca Indigenous identity we also assert the fact that we are the original and only owners of our continent and that the Europeans and their institutions are nothing but invaders and illegal entities.
As a people, we are oppressed economically.
We must challenge the colonial structure of capitalism by learning about how this economic system was formed, and how it has effected our people from that time up until the present day. Consequently, we must expose this information to our people so that we can collectively understand that we are not a “poor” people, we are a robbed people. A people whose land and resources have been looted for five centuries.
As a people, we are oppressed politically.
We must challenge the political structure of the colonial elite through educating ourselves and others on our political reality, how it came to exist and how it impact our lives every single day. We must organise protests to challenge the colonial governments on our land, as well as classes and meetings to raise awareness amongst our community.
As a people, we are oppressed socially.
We must challenge the oppression we face by supporting one another throughout our experience of this white supremacist society. Whether these experiences are our managers talking down to us, being followed around shops by security guards or being on ￼the receiving end of “casual” white supremacist “jokes”. We must empower ourselves by being active in our march towards liberation so that these situations do not demoralise us.
As a people, we are oppressed culturally.
We must challenge their attempt at culturally castrating us by refusing to be labelled as “Latino/a” or “Hispanic”. These colonial labels come with the image of us being shallow gangsters, dancers, drinkers, smokers, party people; not a people who descend from genius and great civilizations. We must arm ourselves against this cultural attack by educating ourselves and others on our true history and identity; on our genuine culture.
As a people, we are oppressed worldwide.
We must link our oppression here in the UK, as captured Nican Tlaca, to our people’s oppression back home in Cemanahuac. Our struggle is one and the same. The reason our people have to come to Europe is the same reason our people, back home, face poverty and violence. It is the European invaders on our land who drive us out of our ancestral lands. It is the European invaders who make our people’s lives a living hell back home.
As a people, we must work towards complete liberation.
All of our work must be done with the aim of completely liberating our land and our people from colonialism and white supremacy. We must eliminate all Europeans, European sympathisers and their political, educational, military, judicial, social and cultural institutions off the face of our Cemanahuac. We will reconstruct our history, our identity, our institutions and our Nican Tlaca nations once our land is free from all parasites. We will no longer be forced off of our land due to the poverty and violence Europeans impose on us.
As a people, we must not be misguided by foreign ideologies that are a dead end for our people.
We cannot use foreign ideologies to explain our reality. Through studying our history and analysing our current condition it becomes clear that we are still colonised. Therefore, we must seek national liberation throughout our whole continent. We must use the liberation tool of Nican Tlaca Nationalism to educate and organise ourselves.
“It has little to do with overt race hatred or with negative racial attitudes, or with the projection of racial stereotypes … or with whites not understanding the nature of their racism; that’s not it. And when you define it in terms of attitude you find yourself then solving the wrong problems. These people will stop expressing those negative attitudes, you see.
They will smile more regularly at you. They will even marry you and go to bed with you, sleep with you, but you will note that the effects of racism, the effects of poverty and all of these other things will continue. But not only do they continue, they increase.
Ultimately you must recognise that racism involves the power of one race to impose its will upon another. That ultimately then, it is about power, and we have to face that fact. Whites engage in racism because they have the power to do so. And if we are to end white racism, then we must end white power.”
In order for us to accurately explain what is happening today we must put it in context. We must look to the past to see how it shapes our present day reality. We did not become exploited cleaners overnight. This is a result of hundreds of years of colonialism in all its forms; the most obvious here being the economic aspect of capitalism.
How did we end up here as migrants in the first place? Did we leave our homeland by choice? No! We were forced to come here. The police and military of governments across our land have scared us out of our ancestral homes, our family’s lives and onto planes to Europe. And these governments are colonial governments, made up of criollos, the descendants of the Europeans who invaded our continent in 1492. How much has really changed?
Some of us were so poor back home that we had to leave, with the hope that we could find a better life here, a life where paying the bills and putting food on the table is not a heavy rock weighing you down, but a simple task in life. Something easy, something normal. Instead, we found ourselves still finding those things a challenge. Our qualifications, which we worked so hard to gain, back home, had to be thrown away and instead of being doctors or nurses, we are now cleaning the shit and piss of people training to be doctors or nurses. Our skills in law, journalism and sports are pushed aside to clean the buildings of institutions that treat us as if we are invisible and irrelevant. Our teaching talents are rendered obsolete; our pen must be replaced by a mop, our books are replaced by a bucket.
Why did we find it so hard economically back home? Why were we so poor? The usual answer is “multinational companies”. But the fact is, is that these multi-national companies have a nationality, an identity, they are all European. There are British companies looting our land right this second. There are Spanish companies stealing our resources right this moment. There are French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian companies on our land right now, taking the natural wealth out of our land and out of our hands.
These companies cannot be separated from those companies of the US and Canada; because who runs those companies? The European settlers of those two colonial states. Where is all the profit going to? Europeans in Europe and Europeans who have settled on our land, on the bones of our ancestors, on the blood of our abuelas. The only people who benefit from the current system of colonialism are the descendants of the first colonizers; that is why when we look at the ruling elite of all of our countries we see European faces looking back at us. If we were to put a large group of Spanish people living in Spain into a room as well as Santos and his family, Pena Nieto and his family, Pinera and his family, not one of these colonial presidents would stick out; as they are Spanish themselves. How much has really changed in the past 500 years if we are not being allowed to govern ourselves?
Colonialism never ended. It began in 1492 and it is still going strong in 2013. We had to leave our land because the criollos made it impossible for us to live there. Now we are here, as migrants, as cleaners, facing white supremacy in the workplace and all other aspects of society.
The British Museum exploits our people while making money off of the artefacts they have stolen from all the people they have colonized around the world. We are the descendants of the Muisca, the people who created beautiful golden figurines, the figurines that are in the British Museum right now. They belong to US. That is our legacy, our heritage, our pride. Yet the closest we get to them is through a glass window that our people must clean.
I want to be clear; I am not here to undermine the role of cleaners in society. Cleaners are essential for the organization of a city and should be valued. While this is something the people here cannot seem to grasp, our ancestors understood it perfectly. Prior to the European invasion, there were hundreds of cleaners in Tenochtitlan, keeping the city pristine, clearing the pavements so people could get to restaurants, barbers, and other places without a problem. Unlike here, where education is not easily accessible for those who are on a cleaners’ salary, our people made education mandatory for all.
Cleaners were not marginalized but a part of society, something vital to the function of our great civilizations, and were treated as such. Here in Europe, in this day and age, it is a whole different story. As our Amauta (teacher) Olin Tezcatlipoca said to us, “the people who are now cleaners are people who could have been doctors, teachers, engineers, and other professionals, if not for colonialism that has robbed them of the wealth of their lands. Our people have proven themselves to be creators of civilizations, builders of large cities, architects of beautiful buildings, doctors who invented medical procedures and who developed medicines, and philosophers, poets, and mathematicians. All of our possible genius has been stolen from us by the colonial and genocidal hands of the Europeans”.
We must begin to effectively resist the conditions that are being imposed on us. We must realise that we do not only deserve holiday pay, sick pay and better working conditions. We also deserve reparations and restitution for everything that has and is being stolen from our land and our people. We deserve and must start demanding an end to colonialism on our land because it is the on-going colonial system that has put us in this place.
This will not happen overnight. In order to achieve decolonization and true liberation for ourselves, education is necessary; self-education on our ancestors, our civilizations, our heritage of creative genius and the real reason we find ourselves in the mess we are in today. This education must be passed down to children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, everyone. Education is crucial to liberation.
We may be exploited cleaners for now, but we cannot let ourselves be defined as that. Our ancestors were great warriors who fought for their lives and land to be respected; we can be the same. Until one day, we no longer have to say goodbye to our homelands, our friends and family, to come to a European city and be cleaners. Our current situation is only a tiny part of millennia of mind-blowing achievements.
Throw those shoulders back, Nican Tlaca. We are a people of dignity, honour and strength. Hold your heads high, Nican Tlaca. Our liberation will come as long as we fight for it. Let us be more like the warriors that we descend from and make it happen sooner, rather than later.
Awqa Yayra Colque
Poor whites have their culture, have their values, have their institutions; ours have been completely destroyed. We need alliances with people who are trying to rebuild their culture, trying to rebuild their history, trying to rebuild their dignity, with people who are trying to rebuild their humanity. Poor white people are not fighting for their humanity, they’re fighting for more money. There are a lot of poor white people in this country, and you haven’t seen them rebel yet, have you? Why is it that black people are rebelling? Do you think it’s only because of poor jobs? Don’t believe that junk the honky is running down. It’s not only poor jobs – it’s a question of a people fighting for their culture and their nature, fighting for their HUMANITY.
We have been so colonized we are ashamed to say we hate, and that is the best example of a person who’s colonized. You sit in your house, a honky walks in your house, beats you up, rapes your wife, beats up your child, and you don’t have the humanity to say, “I hate you.” You don’t have it. That is how dehumanized we are. We are so dehumanized we cannot say “Yes, we hate you for what you have done to us.” – can’t say it. And we are afraid to think beyond that point. Who do you think has more hatred pent up in them, white people for black people or black people for white people? Obviously the hatred has been more from white people for black people. What have we done to them for them to build up this hatred? Absolutely nothing! Yet we don’t want to hate them for what they have done to us.
We have the best justification of all for hating honkies. But we have been so dehumanized, we’re like a dog that the master can throw out the house, that the master can spit on, and whenever he calls, the dog comes running back. We are human beings and we have emotions. We’re fighting for our humanity, and in regaining our humanity we recognize all the emotions that are in us. If you have love, you’ve got to have hate. You don’t have one-sided emotions. That’s a lot of junk. If you don’t have hate, you cannot differentiate love.
That brings us to the point of communism and socialism. The ideologies of communism and socialism speak to class structure, to people who oppress people from the top down to the bottom. We are not just facing exploitation. We are facing something much more important, because we are victims of racism. Neither communism nor socialism speaks to the problem of race. And to black people in this country, racism comes first. Far more important than exploitation. No matter how much money you make in the black community, when you go into the white world you are still a nigger. The question of racism must be uppermost in our minds. How do we destroy those institutions that seek to keep us dehumanized? That is all we’re talking about.
Now for the white people who are exploited, the question of communism comes first, because they’re exploited by their own people. If you were exploited by other black people, it would be a question of how we divide the profits. It is not that for us. It is a question of how we regain our humanity and begin to live as a people. We must therefore consciously strive for an ideology which deals with racism first, and if we do that we recognize the necessity of hooking up with the 900 million black people in the world today.
Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)
First of all I just want to make it clear that this is for my Nican Tlaca people, for those of you who are on the verge of dropping into the abyss of white leftism. However, if you are a white Marxist then stop being a masochist; get on your bike and go sell those newspapers, this isn’t for you.
I was brought up by left-wing parents who were critical of Marx but had not developed or adopted an ideology that was truly their own. They still explained our oppression with the Marxist idea of a “working class struggle” and the white supremacist power structure at best was called “western imperialism”. The old worn out phrase of the “rich against the poor” was far too common when I attended left-wing meetings with my parents as a young boy.
Even though I was conditioned to be receptive and sympathetic to the alleged struggle of the white working class, I intuitively understood that what white lefties stood for was far removed from my people’s struggle. My gut feelings were then confirmed when I found the teachings of Malcolm X who explicitly said that there is no place for white people in our struggle. I have been challenged many times for saying this, some argue that he came back from Mecca wanting to hold hands with white people – this is a lie. Malcolm was a fierce black nationalist and pan-Africanist until the day he was taken away from us. I am still waiting to see evidence of Malcolm working alongside white people after coming back from Mecca.
Marxism and all ideologies developed by the European left are not for us in any way. It pretends to be concerned with the struggle of colonized people, but in reality its real interest is to colonize our minds with yet another Eurocentric ideology that ONLY has the interest of the white working class at heart. I must confess that I am extremely embarrassed to have even thought that they were genuinely sympathetic to our cause. It is clear that both Marx and Engels were white supremacists who did not have the interests of our people at heart. Why would they? Their main concern was for the working class of Europe. On the colonization of our people, Engels wrote:
“Let us not forget, however, that this organization was doomed to extinction. It never developed beyond the tribe…. the gentile constitution in full bloom, as we have seen it in America, presupposed an extremely underdeveloped form of production, that is, an extremely sparse population spread over a wide territory, and therefore the almost complete domination of man by external nature, alien, opposed, incomprehensible to him, a domination reflected in his childish religious ideas.”
We must understand that what white Marxists really want is to dominate us. They are seeking to get more of the colonial pie of off the white capitalists and they will definitely continue the looting and enslavement of our people if they gain power.
“Revolutionary Marxism is committed to even further perpetration and perfection of the very industrial process which is destroying us all. It is offering only to “redistribute” the results, the money maybe, of this industrialization to a wider section of the population….the only way in which American Indian people could participate in a Marxist revolution would be to join the industrial system, to become factory workers or “proletarians” as Marx called them. The man was very clear that his revolution could only occur through the struggle of the proletariat. that the existence of a massive industrial system is a pre-condition of a successful Marxist society.”
The story of the great ancestors, Micaela Bastidas and Tupac Amaru II, is very insightful when it comes to working with white people in the struggle for our liberation. To begin with, they were also willing to work with the poor whites, the ones who had been unsuccessful at making a living from colonizing our people. They believed that they could use the help of some of them to defeat the colonial state of Peru. They quickly realized that these poor whites were nothing but opportunists who were plotting to turn on them once they turned their backs. They not only stopped working with the poor whites, they actively sought out to eliminate them. They understood that the poor whites were just as bad as the rich and that given the opportunity they would colonize our people just as the others had done. They realized that there was no room for white people, rich or poor, in Tawantinsuyu.
This lesson should serve as a warning for us who are working towards the liberation of our people. White people of all backgrounds are selfish in their motives, even in the most “progressive” circles. They all want a piece of the colonial pie; white communists still want the resources from our land to develop their socialist economy.
We must broaden our view, brothers and sisters, this must go far beyond the personal relationships you may have with them. Some may be well meaning, but in the end they still participate in organizations and structures that only have their white supremacist interests at heart. Our liberation will come through understanding our own problems and developing our own ideologies that deal fully with OUR problems. Working with the white left is not just a stone in your shoe, it’s a rock tied to your leg. There is no moving forward until you untie yourself from their heavy, outdated and useless ideologies.
Let us move forward free from the mental chains, my Nican Tlaca brothers and sisters. Let us create a movement that shakes the foundation of every aspect of our oppression. Let us look to Nican Tlaca Nationalism as a way forward.
Amaru Aquimin Tundama
- Quotes can be found in the book; The Tragedy of Progress by David Bedford and Danielle Irving