It’s not that all sorts of peoples haven’t been teasing and mocking shit public figures say since forever. The jokes about Ralph Klein, former Premier of Alberta, notorious for getting drunk and wandering into a homeless shelter, where he then threw change at clients there and screamed, “Get a job!” Or when he plagiarized and essay for an online college degree…well, had those jokes been made immediately public, all that kitchen table chatter, it would have easily sparked news reports the way some twitter hashtags do now.
What’s different now, is we get to collaborate, and learn from each other. Sometimes when we call out, we still miss things…and then someone points it out and that light goes on.
Do you realise how much more quickly our youth are learning to recognise and name microaggressions, microinvalidations, and yes even lateral violence? How much more supported our youth are to understand and push back?
A lot of people of my generation felt lost in a fog of isolation, and how many of my peers are gone forever as a result? It’s still happening, at shockingly high rates…and so much more needs to be done…
But social media is giving people a wider community to tap into, and when it comes to understanding, recognising, and addressing the nasty attitudes and the embedded structures that impact us daily, that access is so, so important.
I mean, I feel like NDNz sort of just got this access a few years back, compared to a lot of other groups, and it has linked up academics, artists, activists, Elders, youth, community members and so on…in a way we just didn’t have before.
Not saying it’s all good, you know it gets hairy.
But in terms of immediately addressing Settler BS, wahwa!
Kihtwam itwek, nitotemitik!