Sunday, July 3, 2011

Real Men...Know (Their) History

Today is my 3rd blog day and today is about real men knowing their history. This seems less serious than yesterday's post about rape but I think it's important and ties in as well. Men, thanks to patriarchy and our propagation of it have been on the top of the world. Men need to know this history so that we can change our ways and improve the world. We must challenge our male privilege. We must level the playing field and understand that is is not level.

As men of color we need to know the history of our people. We need to know about the status of our suelo natal (homeland) and help the next generation to know the same but also to know our history here in the US and how the fights are not done. We come from generations of story tellers and from oral traditions. We must know this to send it forward to the children and the children of the children.

White men must know the history of their homeland as well. Even if we don't go farther than a few generations we must look at our history and for white men in the US the history of oppression has been very real for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and more.

Okay so real men know their history, you may ask what's the point?

I am a firm believer in the idea that if you don't know your history you're doomed to repeat it. If you don't know where you're from you don't know where you're going. This one is open to interpretation but I think that knowing that America's beginnings were on the soil of the Native people will and should affect they way we legislate and treat people coming into our country. When we celebrate a holiday in the US like the 4th of July, Independence Day it is important that we remember the Natives that were murdered and robbed (and still live in poor conditions)...remember that the US still has Puerto Rico as a colony...that women make less than men...because knowing this we can change it. You cannot solve a problem if you don't the context. it doesn't matter that x=4 if you don't know the formula or how to use it.

Men, we must know our history so that we can move forward toward a better a tomorrow. Men we need to put a value on knowledge of self, and of past, and we need to pass this on to our sons AND our daughters. If we can know and understand our past, we can see the context of the present and move forward into the future. Maybe we'll have a paradigm shift, maybe we already did, maybe we won't at all but the point is to know where you come from, where you are, to get going in the best direction!

Brightest Blessings!

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