We need heros? Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr./¿Necesitamos heroes? Reflejando sobre Martin Luther King, Jr.

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U.S. white supremacist capitalist society has such distorted images of Black people, Latinxs, Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, or really, any one who is belatedly, years after they are no longer around causing trouble, declared a hero or a champion of the people.

Really can we expect much, though there definitely has been lots of movement in reexamining and rethinking what heroes mean, through people-most-affected lenses, and not solely within the framework of the wealthy white straight male pantheon (founding fathers, any one?) of who qualifies as such.  In re-thinking this Civil Rights Movement, both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X serve as important symbols/archetypes/human beings (some incorrectly see them as bookends), mostly because they are one of the examples of the dialectics working out in Black Lives Matter, which to many of us, has never eva been a question, but it apparently is for much of U.S. society, and not even one for the police departments all over the country.  So, although Martin and Malcolm are good examples to think through violence, social change, and how do we get U.S. society to wake up and realize that Black Lives Matter, what about Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Dolores Huerta, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Sandra Bland, and so many other sisters, and differently gendered gente like Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Marlon Riggs, Gloria Anzaldua, Cherrie Moraga and so many, many others.  Not a question.

One needn’t pluck the brothers out the community in a patriarchal reproducing linear narrative that distorts how societal transformations begin to happen in the first place.  It only serves racist capitalism, after all, de todos modos.  And really, what do singular sanitized heroes mean when there are so many unrecognized ones walking around every single day.  A break down of the debate about Manny Marable’s biography of Malcolm X and the firestorm around it for so many of the masculinist nationalists is very useful, for example.  As if the narrow, narrow Nation Of Islam caricature of Malcolm Little/X was ever a useful way to look at reality any way.  Malcolm’s purity as opposed to the philandering Martin.  A fully human Malcolm, the horror.

To me, praxis is really important, what do freedom fighters (the ones who help transform the world collectively) have to do with modern day oppressions and struggles to be free. Not a question.

As I participated in a moving celebratory Martin Luther King Jr. bilingual event last night at a Spanish-speaking church peopled by glowing working Garifuna gente in the Bronx, I saw the application, the realness of what it means to be working for freedom today in a society gone even madder (not in a hierarchy sense of it is much worse, but in a deepening widening police state sense) since the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s to 1970s.  MLK, Jr’s life and witness backed up by Oscar Romero’s, I love our people’s hybridity and analysis. Not rights, since they hardly exist, but rather tactics towards liberation.

No exceptionalisms ever, lots of particularities and gradations of how oppression works and liberations erode it, because after all, as Martin said, the long arc of history bends toward justice, and as he also sampled Gandhi’s correct analysis of freedom means every one.

The heightened shackling and mass caging, social control of immigrants in the ever widening net since (let’s not forget before) Sept 11, 2001,

don’t get it twisted repression has always been bad in this home of the free,

often has been seen as secondary, or AND, to the mass incarceration of U.S. citizens (even for those few who are so concerned). Life is more complicated and not as cut and dry as that, as I can attest to as an immigrant born in Califas, multiplea third or fourth classed, gendered, sexualized and raced.

La sociedad capitalista y de supremacia blanca estado unisense tiene unos imagenes bien distorcionados de gente Negra, Latinx, Americanxs Nativos, Asiaticxs, gente de las Islas Pacificas, o sea, cualquier persona que mucho después de que no pueden hacer bulla se declara un heroe o campeon del pueblo.

De veras, que se puede esperar, aunque ultimamente si a habido movimiento al re examinar y repensar lo que significan heroes, por medio de las gaffas de la gente más impactada, y no solo con el marco del panteon blanco rico heterosexual que nos dice quien llena ese papel  En repensar el Movimiento de Derechos Civiles, Martin Luther King, Jr. al igual que Malcolm X sirven como simbulos/archetipos/seres humanos (algunos dicen incorrectamente que son subjetalibros), más porque nos dan ejemplos de la dialectica desarrollandose en Vidas Negras Valen, cuyo para muchxs de nosotrxs nunca jamas fue pregunta, pero obvio que lo es para mucha de la sociedad estado unisense, y para nada para los departamentos de policia por todo el pais.  Entonces aunque Martin y Malcolm sirven como ejemplos buenos para pensar la violencia, el cambio social, y como podemos despertar a la sociedad estado unisense para darse cuenta que Vidas Negras Si Valen, que de Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Dolores Huerta, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore,Sandra Bland, y tantas otras hermanas, y gente de generos distintos como Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Marlon Riggs, Gloria Anzaldua, Cherrie Moraga y tantxs otrxs.  No es una pregunta.

Unx no necesita sacar a los hermanos fuera de la comunidad en reproducir un narrativo lineal del patriarchado cual distoriciona como las transformaciones en la sociedad ocurren desde el primer instante.  Eso solo le sirve al capitalismo racista, en el fin y al cabo y any way.  Y de verdad, que significan heroes solitarios limpios cuando ha tantxs quienes nos se reconocen andando cotidianamente.  El debate sobre la biografia de Malcolm X por Manny Marable y el infierno alrededor de el para tantos nacionalistas machos es un ejemplo eficaz.  Como que si de cualquieroa manera sirviera la caricatura estrecha estrecha de Malcolm Little/X de la Nación de Islam.  La pureza de Malcolm opuesta a el mujeriogo Martin.  Un Malcolm sumanmente humano, que horror.

Para mi, la applicación es lo clave, que tienen que ver luchadorxs por la libertad (lxs de veras, cuales tranforman al mundo de manera colectiva) con las opresiones modernas actuales y las luchas para la libertad.  No es pregunta.

Cuando participe anoche en un evento anoche para celebrar a Martin Luther King, Jr., conmovedor y bilingüe en una iglesia hispano-parlante llena de vibrante gente Garifuna en el Bronx, vi el praxis, la actualidad de que significa la lucha para la libertad actual en una sociedad enloquecida/chiflada (no en un sentido de jerarquias, pero en sentidos de un estado policiaco más profundo, mas amplio) aun más que durante el Movimiento de Derechos Civiles de los 1950 a los 1970.  La vida y el testigo de MLK, Jr, respaldado por la de Oscar Romero, amo a la hibridad y el analisis de nuestro pueblo.  No derechos, por poco los hay, pero mejor tacticas para llegar hacia la liberación.

No hay excepciones nunca, muchas particularides y gradaciones de como anda la opresión y como la desbarata la liberación, porque como la dijo Martin, el arco largo de la historia se inclina hacia la justicia, y como además reprodujo de manera hip hop al analísis correcto de Gandhi que la libertad incluye a todes.

El agudizamiento del encadenar y enjaular masivamente, el control social de inmigrantes en la red que se expande mucho desde el 11 septiembre 2001 (sin olvidar todo lo que ocurrio antes),

no lo distorcione, la represión siempre a sido mala en este hogar de lxs libres,

muchas veces se a visto como algo añadido al encarcelamiento masivo de cuidadanos estado unisenses (aun para lxs cuantxs que se dan cuenta).  La vida es más complicada y no tan blanca y negra, como yo le puedo contar como inmigrante nacido en Califas, de manera multiplicadamente cuidadano de tercer o cuarta clase, construida de cierto genero, sexualidad y raza.

Bueno, a bailar –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWcASV2sey0  A great song and video, despite it’s gendered and raced contradictions/Una canción bakana, aun con sus contradicciones de genero y de raza.

Y que lo que/And what, what!

 

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  1. Posted by V Spike Peterson on January 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    wow! excellent – as ever. thank you. s

    V Spike Peterson, Professor of International Relations, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ http://sgpp.arizona.edu/user/v-spike-peterson Affiliated status in Dept of Gender and Women’s Studies, International Studies, Institute for LGBT Studies, and Center for Latin American Studies

    Recent articles: ‘Sex Matters: A Queer History of Hierarchies.’ 2014 International Feminist Journal of Politics; ‘Antagonizing’ the Marriage Debate. 2014. Hysteria #4 (Oct); ‘Family Matters: How Queering the Intimate Queers the International.’ 2014 International Studies Review.

    On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 1:18 PM, Finca del Pueblos Blog wrote:

    > fincadelpueblo posted: ” U.S. white supremacist capitalist society has > such distorted images of Black people, Latinxs, Native Americans, Asians, > Pacific Islanders, or really, any one who is belatedly, years after they > are no longer around causing trouble, declared a hero or a c” >

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    • Thank you so much, Spike. It is always great to get your kind words!

      I got your bearth day invite. I’m going to do my best to make it, it should be a grand celebration!

      Love, Rafael

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