True Education: Indigenous Feminism and the Fight for Autonomous Education

Our education is about having a dignified struggle and one heart, so that we can walk together in the same direction. We believe that education is not only about teaching literacy and numeracy, but also about solving problems between our peoples, how to defend ourselves, about our history and how to keep on fighting.

— Hortencia, Tseltal promoter of True Education

Thoughts on Native American and Black Solidarity

November is Native American Heritage Month and though I pride myself on being knowledgeable about the histories of people of the African Diaspora, I had to be real with myself, there is still so much I don’t know about the histories of my Native American brothers and sisters. Thinking of the importance of this solidarity led me to explore the topic of Black/Native American resistance.

Are you global enough?

“They are speaking out, starting their own movements, businesses and building their own coalitions. The children of the new millennia are committed to blazing their own trails and they are using music, technology, fashion and everything in their creative arsenals to make it happen.”

Sweet Water Oshun and the Black Feminine

In Monique Morrison’s phenomenal book Pushout: The criminalization of Black girls in schools she dedicates an entire chapter to the way schools craft that Jezebel narrative around our girls and how that narrative helps to push Black girls out of our schools. I challenge you to think of ways to engage our Black girls in these narratives that are crafted around their attitudes, their intellect, their sexuality, their passiveness, their dangerousness, their ghettoness, their ratchedness and their very Blackness and I offer to you Yemaya, Oshun and Oya (you will learn about her soon) as the lenses with which to dissect Black femaleness but even deeper than that Black Divine Femininity.

Mama Yemaya

So as today is our last day to celebrate the accomplishments and triumphs of Black people here in America and tomorrow marks the beginning of celebrating the accomplishments and triumphs of women of the African Diaspora, we thought that there would be no better way to honor this transition than to intersect these two celebrations through Mama Yemaya. She personifies the strength of diasporic women throughout the world. Full of love and expansive power and wisdom but will flip the script when she has to…talking about flipping the script.

Side bar: Now Remy, to me, is more Oya than Yemaya but I couldn’t let today pass without honoring her, again, because I know Cathleen did yesterday. You know, because it’s been 48 hours and Nicki still quiet but maybe she’s waiting for Women’s History Month to start in order to officially strike back.