Friday, January 15, 2010

Opeyemi Parham Decries Treatment of Women and Children

Afghanistan, March 2002 - Afghan girls sing at...Image via Wikipedia

Local Bias Blog:
NOT for the faint at heart
I speak for women and children of this world. We have been sold down the river.
That is a phrase that comes out of the uniquely African-American experience of slavery. It means you go from a difficult situation (like Kentucky, two hours walk from freedom in the North), to one that seems IMPOSSIBLE (like Mississippi).

I respect my president, and he has sold women down the river.
My heart broke, as I heard the words of war he chose to speak, as he accepted the Nobel Peace prize.  I remember the Afghani women and children who pleaded for us to help them by leaving their country:
Here is a quote from the essay, above:
Withdraw all troops," Roshanak says… "First, the U.S. should negotiate with the Taliban and ask them to participate in government. If you think it’s impossible to talk with Taliban – that’s not true." Second, she says, "Everyone knows the center of insurgency and training camps is Pakistan. If you don’t give money to Pakistan for one year, the fighting will finish in Afghanistan." Third, she says, "Instead of sending troops, send engineers, doctors, teachers."  (italics mine)
My security wobbled more, as the Stupak-Pitts amendment took away women’s rights to abortion:
For full text of the amendment, see:
Here is Planned Parenthood’s summary of its effects:
The Stupak-Pitts Ban would restrict women’s access to abortion coverage in the new private health insurance market, undermining the ability of women to purchase private health plans that cover abortion, even if they pay for most of the premiums with their own money. This Ban reaches much further than the Hyde Amendment, which has prohibited public funding of abortion in most instances since 1977.”
Then came Copenhagen.
I took a deep breath.  I remembered the words of the Hopi vision about the Earth Changes:
“….and, do not look outside yourselves for the leaders...WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR”.
As we Do The Work I call in the spirits and elders of this world who have been women, exploited and manipulated, abused and enslaved.
What better archetypal image represents this, than that of the Black woman slave, sold down the river?
Use this image, to explore YOUR connection to your own creativity. We need to use our imagination. And let us do ALL the work. Even the shadow pieces.
Because here is the rest of the story:
we the enslaved, the women, have LOVED the men who have done this to us. Nursed you, fed you, born your children…
Read about Sally Hemmings
What better archetypal image represents this story?
How about that of the INDIGENOUS women of this world, as they encountered TAKER culture?
So see the movie, “Avatar”. For its beauty, and for the eye opening potential to help you white boys WAKE UP AND STAY AWAKE.
And, if you are really, really feeling courageous, come to Greenfield, to see “What a Way to go” on Jan 9 or 10, 1 to 5 p.m.

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