Social media, and uniting indigenous nations

The times, they do change. With the corporate media then in totally unchallenged dominance, the voiceless were just that, and an awkward irritant best left ignored. However, with the advent of social media, nations and their peoples that have long existed, but studiously ignored, now have their voices heard. With the corporate media, the plunder of resources – with assorted intimidating murders of community or tribal leaders – would be rationalised as deterring ‘terrorists’ (or evil Communists in another era) from depriving their disadvantaged people of the benefits of ‘civilisation’. The times have changed, as ‘legacy’ media are increasingly being treated with the opprobrium deserved, well-deserved.

That unity of nations, indigenous nations, would be expressed most forcefully with that centuries old hoax exposed with vehemence, and with a demand for atoning acceptance of atrocities committed with the arrival of Christopher Columbus – who ‘sailed the Ocean Blue in fourteen hundred and ninety-two’. To these nations Columbus  remains the antithesis of that mythic hero to most Europeans and USans; and the celebration of Columbus Day, in the US (?) of all places, makes the thing all the more perverse, risible.

What better way to look at the event than through reporting from social media – but here the news blog, teleSUR. It addresses the infamous 12Oct in an article (and solid reference) from Indigenous Resistance Day Its brief introduction,

From the U.S. to Latin America, the Day of the Indigenous Resistance is increasingly displacing the celebration of Christopher Columbus’ non-discovery of the continent in 1492 and the begisnning of its so-called “civilization.”

From the Mapuche now in Argentina to the Sioux now in the US, the story follows the basic pattern: depredation, violence, pollution, and even displacement with the assent or connivance of policy makers. In the case of Honduras,  the slight pause in the aggression that resulted from the uproar at the murder of Berta Cáceres would be just that.

Thanks to social media and blogs, and the very few remaining, fairly independent newspapers – as The Guardian shows with Yasuni Man film is an intimate portrait of a beautiful land under siege for its oil – the indigenous and their supporters can now be informed more promptly, coordinate more effectively and enlist influential and influencing forces, non-violent, to confront the aggressive forces of neoliberalism.

For the indigenous (and campesinos/peasants) of the world, green shoots of optimism do seem ready to spring forth. Then, again, those malign forces seldom cede a victory unless it is a truly Pyrrhic one. This time we expect time to be on the side of social justice.

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