- I also want to acknowledge that I first noticed the phrase #TheCultOfCelebrity from something that Zoe Todd wrote on her timeline. The thoughts are mine but I want to acknowledge the inspiration.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 16:53:46Author Joseph Boyden’s shape-shifting Indigenous identity http://aptn.ca/news/2016/12/23/author-joseph-boydens-shape-shifting-indigenous-identity/ … via @APTNNews
- This was where I decided to start talking. Immediately after this article; the very real concerns were dismissed as "lateral violence". For the last few years I have been consistently reluctant to use lateral violence in this context. I elaborated in this thread. Throughout this entire time; I have advocated for the truth. I do not believe that he is a bad man but I do believe that he was someone in NEED of correction but who's status would not allow for that.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:40:01Here's the difference between lateral violence, internalized oppression and correction. Lateral violence moves laterally among community.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:41:59So it manifests as gossip, back stabbing, and a multitude of dysfunctional behavior that we are ready familiar with...but it moves laterally
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:43:35Now, once people have moved into spaces of great privilege within the community...ie. leadership or celebrity...and they use that to keep
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:45:23others from moving forward, silence dissent or further marginalize ppl within the community; you are stepping into internalized oppression.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:46:42You position of privilege allows for that to happen. It manifests most prominently through cliques, exclusion and in these cases; the gossip
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:48:16backstabbing and silencing of dissent has long lasting consequences...right down to whom you are allowed to date, network with...work.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:49:40Expressing dissatisfaction with those in those positions of privilege is not lateral violence. It looks the same but the power structures
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:51:09and systems of oppression do not change. If I have no power or privilege...and complain about someone who does...it doesn't mean a thing
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:52:26except that they get offended. But if I have power and privilege...and express displeasure with someone of less...then that person can find
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:53:44themselves without a job, without a home, without a way to support themselves and their children as well. Correction is when those with mr
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:55:01experience than you, cultural knowledge than you and usually less power and privilege than you; sees you going sideways and tries to veer
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:56:22you back on to the path. The problem is that due to how we buy into the colonial rhetoric of "making it"...we stop listening to those
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Fri, Dec 23 2016 23:58:21considered not at our level. So often we see correction being dismissed as lateral violence...when it actually a balancing mechanism.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Sat, Dec 24 2016 00:00:49It used to be that people understood these things...and were grateful to be corrected. Correction kept your community strong and united.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Sat, Dec 24 2016 00:02:33Now it is some kind of curse that needs to be squashed or something. B4 you scream lateral violence make sure you aren't being corrected.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Sat, Dec 24 2016 00:04:03Because from my experience, you may not see what needed to be corrected today or tomorrow but you will look back and realize you were an a$$
- The preamble
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Sun, Dec 25 2016 00:14:40
- — Stephen Cree (@coreindianness)Sun, Dec 25 2016 07:44:00This response doesn't address a single criticism directed at Boyden. https://twitter.com/josephboyden/status/812798846438928384 …
- This is the #TheCultofCelebrity thread.
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Mon, Dec 26 2016 17:55:45Sadly... #TheCultofCelebrity is a very real and painful reality. It will not matter what valid points are made...who makes them...
- — Dawn Marie (@Cree8Dawn)Mon, Dec 26 2016 17:58:08how important they are...celebrity is socially constructed to be beyond correction. We want our heroes. They make us believe that we can
Things to consider on Self-Identification
I have noticed that some of my threads are being shared and moved around so I thought that I would put them here. I also want to acknowledge @tdawgyo, @ZoeSTodd and @CotySavard for many long conversations about some of these issues.
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