Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

What’s going on?

”Ain’t no new thing” … Gil Scott Heron might reply…

I’ve been awake at night quite a bit thinking about this. I watched the clip of Sandra Blands arrest and then of her mother speaking. Then I wanted to say something on social media, then realised it would take up too much space for a brief Facebook post. The ‘United States’. Undoubtedly and always a global hotspot of karmic chickens coming home to roost – but since August of last year, we are now witnessing an epidemic of racist police brutality that defies belief. I would go as far as to say that it’s a global tragedy. A planetary emergency. I would also propose that there’s something about it that borders on demonic. I have no wish to list or re-post any of the dozens of extremely disturbing candid clips, usually taken on civilian iPhones, of US police brutalising black citizens, including children. Every day there’s a new clip, a new report, a new cluster of ‘accidental’ deaths in custody, a new variation on the choke hold, the taser, the broken ribs/suffocation, the shoot-to-kill. I have watched a lot and am shocked and jittery every time and don’t want to ever stop being shocked and jittery, sad and worried and nauseated and distracted because I believe that’s the reasonable human response. The combination of 24 hours social media and on the spot amateur footage means we know more and faster – so is it worse than ever, or just looks that way?

There are calls for justice within America that are heroic, often poetic and artistic, dare I say it, shamanic in scope and courage. Brave and visionary, especially as just like in the ’60s, it’s becoming risky to be identified as an activist and I think this is why Sandra Bland was targeted for supposed ‘traffic infringements’. Since the shooting of Michael Brown, I’ve seen some incredible footage of flashmob style street opera,  peaceful spoken word protest outside police stations and an amateur video (which I will never forget) of a man praying/singing out loud, calling for help from the spirits and ancestors, even as the police electrocute him with a taser having wrongly apprehended and harrassed him, clearly out of their depth and presumably having run out of ideas. The citizen patiently and firmly reminds the police. ‘You don’t own me.’ The gap in intelligence between persecutor and captive is astounding. Ironically, the force of the taser knocks him out of the police grasp and he runs away. Also, there are also numerous black entertainers and celebrities, who are bringing their influence to bear by funding and supporting protest and by pressuring Barack Obama to step up. (If ever there was a time, now would be it…)

If America was a dysfunctional family member, (which arguably it is, special relationship and all…) common sense would surely now call for some sort of compassionate but very firm INTERVENTION. The UK has a unique responsibility in this matter. Therefore, where is the mainstream movement in this country? If you’re reading this and have any information I would seriously like to know if I have missed something. I realise there are petitions going around, grassroots activities, the Ferguson solidarity tour which came to Tottenham and Brixton last year, and many artists and jazz musicians, commentators and activists some of whom I know – who are doing good work – drawing attention to this and saying that it’s UNACCEPTABLE.  I’m not talking about any of that though. The bohemian, artistic community has limited power, time, energy and social leverage – struggling as many of us are to make any kind of living. What I mean is this – I want to see some comment and response from the mainstream UK establishment figures that actually have real power and influence. Again please tell me if I missed something…

Seriously… did I miss the plethora of UK pop entertainers at Glastonbury who used the power of the mic and mass media coverage to read out names of those murdered by the police? Or to call for some seriously sober 1 minute silences? Was it unreasonable to expect this at Wimbledon perhaps? Have I yet to be enlightened by mainstream UK actors or film/TV/music/sports celebrities – who are now boycotting the USA, refusing to tour or work there for example, until they sort the racism out? Where are the voices from white people in this country who need to be saying something? Again, people of at least some power and influence. White people need to be speaking to white people both here and in the US to extend firm alternative re-education and information to those who think they might want to join the law enforcement in order to express their racist brutality tendencies. (This needs to happen in the UK too, as we have our own horrible history of institutional racism – just fewer guns.) Some of these white cops responsible for racist violence, I consider to be mentally, spiritually and ideologically diseased. Individual expressions of a system based on arrogance and ignorance. Racism is a kind of mental illness/disconnection. It needs to be isolated and healed. And it’s not a ‘black’ issue – it’s clearly a white one.

America. Amerikkka. Land of the free. God bless America. Goddess help America. Turtle Island. A huge, beautiful and magical natural resource. Stolen, occupied land based on the deception and slaughter of its original people. Wealth and power built on the  kidnap, torture, rape, enslavement, brainwashing of African fellow humans. I have a book, ‘Iroquois Supernatural’ – about the diverse confederation of the Iroquois nations – whose territories, and later burial grounds constitute vast areas of upstate New York. And that’s just a fragment of the devastation. Anyone who has read ‘Roots’ or ‘Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee’ knows that the First Nations genocide and the slave trade ran side for side for generations. The legacy, literally the blood, still flows through the land with oppression continuing in modern form to this day.  From this history of abuse, what should we expect by now but a(nother) crisis point? How can we extend healing and cleansing?

I started this blog originally to highlight the work of the council of 13 indigenous Grandmothers. They have a prophecy which says that the global domination that is America, will be solved by America, from the enlightened, progressive agencies within, who can press for change. They also speak of the ‘eagle’ of the North, healing/harmonising/combining with the ‘condor’ of the South. This might mean a resurgence of traditional shamanic wisdom and a fearless move from powerful Americans of all races with a social conscience, to heal and transform the system. I hope so.

Thank you for reading.


Resources:

”A Taste of Power – A Black Womans Story” by Elaine Brown  The fascinating story of activist, musician and Black Panther – Elaine Brown.

Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers – 13  wise elders and custodians of indigenous knowledge.

Dream ways of the Iroquois” by Robert Moss.

Sergio Magana – Mexican lucid dream teacher. Healing dreamwork modalities from the ancient Toltec traditions.

Iroquois Supernatural: Talking Animals and Medicine People” by Michael Bastine and Mason Winfield.

The 5th Sacred Thing” by Starhawk – classic 1993 novel –  a blueprint for revolution.

South Dakota Exposed. – The Lakota Peoples Law Project reveals state operated psychiatric profiling and removal of Lakota children from homes and families into foster care.


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