All the great religions of the world have, at their core, a code of conduct that seeks to instill a sense of what is acceptable behavior and what is not, what is viewed as moral and what is not. The problem with organized religion is in following blindly the tenets of the religion, without questioning either the applicability of its teachings to the modern world, or its greater impact as an organization, upon the world. The more money an organized religion takes in, the more power it gains as an entity in its own right, the more corruptible it becomes. Catholicism is a great example of this, having historically used its power to shape and destroy millions of lives with edicts given from a largely unassailable source, supposedly the most holy and therefore most moral of all, the Pope and the Vatican.
We do not need organized religion, however, to live by a moral code. All of us have convictions that are held deeply in our hearts, boundaries we will not cross, values we are willing to fight for. Some of these are shared by the majority of humanity: Do not murder, steal, envy. Do unto others as you would do unto yourself. Simple common sense, really. All we want as human beings is to be treated fairly, respectfully, HUMANELY. And, at least in theory, we wish to treat other human beings with the same fairness and respect.
If we genuinely wish to live in accordance with our most deeply held values, and make efforts to do so, even when it costs us something in effort, time, money, or even pain, then we are living by our own moral compass. If that moral compass is inclusive of the basics shared by most moral codes, then it should be a simple, logical concept to accept that if we break that code, there are, and should be, consequences.
If we murder someone, shouldn’t we be held accountable? If we steal, should we not be made to return the item or recompense its owner? Why then, is it hard to understand that by our genocide of the indigenous population, we are guilty of murder? Why then, is it unreasonable to assume that our theft of the indigenous lands and resources must be amended by our return of those lands, and reparations for the resources we have stolen?
But that was generations ago, you say. Does that, in any way, absolve us as moral human beings? How can we justifiably say that the egregious crimes committed by our ancestors should go unpunished because those ancestors are long dead? We cannot.
By any reasonable moral code, the consequences of a crime committed stand, regardless of time. There must be a reckoning, a payout of the debts we owe. Moreover, though it is our ancestors that committed those original crimes, we have continued through to this day to enjoy the many and varied benefits those crimes have brought us.
We can choose, as decent human beings, to right the wrongs so long unanswered by those who came before us. We can CHOOSE to resolve the debts of our past and forge a new beginning as truly moral human beings. We MUST or we will forever be in conflict with not only those whose land we inhabit, but within ourselves. We carry the scar of that guilt. We cannot both act as virtuous and moral human beings, while also allowing our crimes to remain unpunished and our debts to remain unpaid.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Our people tend to have a reverence for all things "Indian," whether it be their presumed cosmology, their oneness with nature, their fierce yet peaceful nature or any other attributes our society has ingrained in us to believe are the hallmarks of the true "native American."
We love it so much we steal it. We admire it so much we try to make it our own. We created a million dollar industry in native American costumes just so once a year, we can dress up like these brave warriors of old. By the way, that's called cultural appropriation, and if you do it, you're a DICK. Secondly, our assumptions about these native Americans are way off base.
How so? Well, let's start with the "of old" part. Yes, we DID slaughter between 80 and 100 MILLION indigenous people from 1492 on. We did it with force. We did it with biological warfare in the form of blankets soiled with smallpox, to decimate the indigenous populations. We did it with forced assimilation, destroying the indigenous cultures by supplanting them with our own, requiring their obedience in order for them to have the barest necessities. We did it with Christianity, ramming our God down their throats as a replacement for what we perceived as their primitive belief systems.We did it through rape and slavery. We did it through theft of all their resources. We did it with residential schools and missions. We did it in a hundred other equally savage ways. We continue to treat the indigenous peoples as less than, somehow inferior to us, and less worthy of everything we took from them.
DESPITE all our efforts, 5% of the indigenous population on this land survived. SURVIVED. And they are STILL HERE. And not just in those reservations we herded them into, and made smaller, year over year, the worst sections of land we'd already gleaned whatever resources we wanted from. No. They were, and are, all over what we call North and South America.
Here's a question. Did you know Mexicans are indigenous people? At least 75 - 80% of today's Mexicans, by most estimates, are of indigenous blood. The very SAME blood as those "Indians" we so admire, with their feather headresses and stern looks, tipis and peace pipes, rain dances and calling on the ancestors. They are one and the same people.
What makes them different in our eyes? The border that WE created. That politically drawn line in the dirt that has physically separated families for decades, and which now Trump wants to build higher, stronger, and which already is, terribly divisive.
It's always been OUR perception that, here in the states, we have some native Americans, who live on reservations, but they're slowly dying out. Our government gives them money to live there (false!) but they're a shadow of what they once were thanks to drugs and alcohol (which we poisoned them with!). We've maybe been to pow-wows, and have been awed and saddened by these once proud people and what they have become.
We may feel pity for them, which is wholly inappropriate, given the facts of our own actions in attempting to wipe them off the face of Earth entirely. But what we feel for MEXICANS? That's entirely different. We see them as dirty, lazy, subhuman, incapable of ambition or intelligence, great worthy acts or fine arts. We see them as less than second-class citizens, less than our own vaguely accepted "Indians." And now they're trying to sneak across the border and STEAL OUR LANDS?!
The horror! The gall! They should come here legally or not at all!
Did WE come here legally? Oh no, we "won" fair and square and they should just accept it, right? NO. No, we did not. We came here, and seeing the land already inhabited, planted our foreign flags on it and claimed it as ours ANYHOW. Then taught our children Christopher Columbus DISCOVERED it.
This land, every inch, from Canada to the tip of South America, rightly belongs to the indigenous peoples, and always has. BEFORE we came here, with our manifest destiny and our killing God, with our greed and disease and perversion, this land was tread by indigenous people from one end to the other, with NO WALL. No BORDER. No need to segregate ONE PEOPLE.
How incredibly arrogant of us to tell Mexicans to "go home," when THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN LAND!. How incredibly despicable of us to accuse them of the vilest acts that WE ourselves, committed upon their people! And how inaccurate of us to call them, OR ANY PEOPLE, illegal, because we feel a false sense of superiority to them! How IMMORAL of us to suggest that the rightful owners of these lands should leave us, the invaders, in peace to enjoy the fruits of our genocide upon them!
Monday, January 1, 2018
When you think about roller coasters, what do you feel? Does the thought fill you with excitement and anticipation? Or maybe with queasiness and dread? Do you look forward to the next time you get to ride one? Or maybe avoid any chance where the possibility exists?
Most of us have been on roller coasters at least once, and have our own experience of them. They may be attached to memories for us, that are either happy or fearful. Two people riding the same roller coaster may well get off the ride having experienced vastly different things.
The roller coaster didn’t change. The roller coaster itself was exactly the same for both people. It operated on a set of rules, which defined how fast or slow it went, how long or short was the ride, how far the tracks were laid, how many loops there were along the way.
Yet, if you were the person that experienced a great time, and found it to be exhilarating and fun, do you doubt that the other person experienced fear or nausea? No. You know their experience to be true for them, just as your experience was true for you. Some people just don’t enjoy the same things you do. Or maybe you were the fearful one, and can’t imagine what the other person found so wonderful about the experience, but do you doubt their experience was different? No, of course not.
The roller coaster didn’t change. It was exactly the same for both of you. What was different? Your PERCEPTION of the experience. A reality can exist and be agreed upon by both of you to BE reality, and yet you experience it in two different ways.
What, then, is so difficult in understanding the vastly different experiences people have of living in this land? When a superstar athlete kneels during the national anthem, and you are enraged that he would be so “unpatriotic,” isn’t it quite possible that his experience of the reality in this country is very different than yours? YOUR perception of it is different. You can’t understand how he can react in such a way because you haven’t experienced the same as him in this country. The country is the same for both of you. It is the reality; it hasn’t changed. Yet, your experiences of it are not the same.
What is so difficult in understanding that, for people of color in this country, their experience with police is vastly different than yours? The police are the same; they are the reality. Yet, what people of color experience in their interactions with police is different than what YOU experience in your interactions with them. Both are no less true.
Just like the roller coaster, this country runs on a set of rules. Those rules are built in a way that favors Europeans in a hundred different ways. It is geared toward making YOUR experience better, easier. You cannot perceive this privilege because it’s the only perception you’ve ever known. You haven’t experienced living here as a person of color. You can’t possibly know how VERY different their experience is of the reality of this country’s systemic racism.
You have only your own perception, your own experiences, on which to draw. But isn’t it possible, just like your perception of that roller coaster, that others have an entirely different perception? We must look outside our own experiences, our own perception, to truly understand the reality that maintains white supremacy.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Where does BTE stand on politics?
We are, essentially, European-descent indigenous nationalists. We perceive the governments of Cemanahuac to be unlawful assemblages given that they are on stolen land. We do not recognize the American president as being lawfully elected, or even America itself as being a lawful entity. We do not engage in partisan political involvement at all. However, we DO use our votes to help elect into current office those parties that would be least detrimental to the indigenous peoples. We do not celebrate “national” holidays.
Where does BTE stand on religion?
We are anti-religious. We are cognizant of how Christianity has been historically used to indoctrinate the indigenous peoples, further separating them from their cultures, language and cosmology, through horrific acts of barbarism. All religious structures have the capacity for this evil, as they are, by nature, exclusive to any who disagree with their beliefs. We see religion as a tool of white supremacy, to continue the oppression of people of color by means of sedating their ability to think critically and thereby cast off the chains of colonialism. We do not celebrate religious holidays.
Are you a non-profit organization?
No. We are fully self-funded by our members. We do not accept donations. Establishing a non-profit organization requires funds be given to the government we do not recognize, in order to be “official,” and receiving external donations would be receiving indigenous resources, which we avoid.
Who is behind BTE?
Currently, BTE is run by one person, its founder Chandra Zafra. In time, we will add additional members who share our views. There are numerous works we would like to be involved with, but need help to do so, and welcome supporters to lend a hand if they are so inclined.
Scholarship is defined as “academic study or achievement; learning at a high level.” For us, this study is threefold:
- We must educate ourselves fully in our history of crimes against humanity, amongst them our savagery, biological warfare, rape, slavery, and enforced assimilation of the indigenous peoples.
- We must educate ourselves on the myriad ways the illusion of our white supremacy is maintained, the methods by which systemic racism is permitted to continue, and the current issues facing people of color.
- We must educate ourselves on our own true genetic history to understand better our specific, individual cultures and ancestry within Europe.
Lastly, our self-education should be shared. Share what you learn with other Europeans you know, share on your social media, share your learnings any way you can. Take care to remember we are all at a different point in our learning and some may not yet be ready to absorb some of the knowledge you’ve gained.
Materials for study are readily available on the internet, your library, your book store. Study of Mexica Movement’s recommended books, websites, social media, and videos is encouraged. BTE will be developing a recommended reading list, specific to Europeans, over time.
Stewardship is defined as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.” Let’s be clear: the indigenous peoples didn’t ENTRUST us with anything; we STOLE it. Nor are we to “manage” or “supervise” something that doesn’t belong to us. However, while we ARE here, it behooves us to take very good care of these lands and resources, so they will be in as good a condition when we leave them as we can possibly ensure.
Back to Europe encourages moderation and minimalism in all things, from where you live to what you consume. Taking only what is necessary and leaving as little waste as possible is the aim. Wealth accumulation is in direct conflict with our philosophy, as this is only gorging on resources we have no right to!
Stewardship extends to involvement in protecting the environment wherever possible. Fighting pollution of this land’s natural resources is a big part of this, whether that pollution is by fracking or littering or building irresponsible pipelines through natural animal habitats or indigenous water supplies.
You can engage in proper stewardship in hundreds of ways, from small, individual steps you take such as ensuring your refuse is properly disposed of and doesn’t find its way to the ocean, to larger scale steps taken in affiliation with other groups such as beach cleanup days. You may find you’re already committed to stewardship in your daily life in some ways, but haven’t thought about it in these terms before.
The key is to question every action or behavior as to how it will impact indigenous land or resources. Consider yourself a very unwelcome guest (because you are!) trying your best to “fly under the radar” and not make your overly patient hosts any more annoyed by your presence. Seek to work in concert, in harmony, with your environment, rather than obnoxiously taking from it to fulfill your personal greed.
Another form stewardship can take is in how you spend your money. Seeking to spend it as much as possible in Nican Tlaca owned and operated businesses helps to ensure the resources you’ve used return naturally to their proper owners. This also helps those businesses thrive against massive European-based superstores or chains. Consciously choose who you support with what you make. Support the indigenous, and deny the companies that seek to make profit from them.
Service is defined as “the occupation or function of serving” or “contribution to the welfare of others." For us, as moral Europeans, service may frequently take the form of engaging in protests or demonstrations to further indigenous rights, or to fight systemic racism or perceived white supremacy. As a non-violent organization, we will not take part in any aggressive or agitating actions, but rather those that allow us to educate and spread the principles we try to live by and hope to inspire in other Europeans.
Service can take more of a behind-the-scenes format, such as assisting with numerous BTE projects to fight white supremacy and colonialism, whether by contributing time, artwork, writing, or whatever your business or talents suggest, if there is a need for such.
Speaking up simply means speaking to other Europeans when a teaching moment arises. If someone says something offensive, ignorant, racist, it is on US to speak up. Obviously tailor how you do this to the situation and setting. There are calm and thoughtful ways of letting people know their words are unacceptable that don’t require you jeopardizing your work or freedom, but silence is NEVER ok. As long as Europeans are permitted to voice racist convictions, they will continue to do so. It’s up to us to let them know, in whatever way we can, that such behavior is not tolerable.
Speaking up is an outward manifestation of our internal moral convictions. We serve the greater goal of dismantling white supremacy by holding those around us accountable to at least public morality, and hopefully, over time, changed behaviors.
Speaking up can also be proactive, in seeking out places to educate, such as the comment sections of newspapers which tend to run amok with unmoderated racist remarks, or group forums on social media, or even in inviting a small group of friends over for a more casual, but informative, conversation. Seek out opportunities.
Back to Europe is a non-violent, educational organization composed of European-descent people. Its aim is to educate European-descent people on our shared history of crimes against humanity, to become an accountable, moral people, and to eventually repatriate to our countries of origin, returning the lands of Cemanahuac (North and South America) to the Nican Tlaca (indigenous) people. We believe the full removal of ALL European-descent peoples from these lands is a moral imperative, the necessary action of any MORAL people to correct the grave injustices committed upon the indigenous peoples.