By the 1700s indentured servitude had largely been displaced by the enslavement of Africans; and this is how Whiteness was born …
It was a tool to justify the enslavement of an entire continent of people and cultures; their heritage pillaged, and their descendants put into service for an entity which can never truly know it self.
I don’t hate white people, and while I don’t generally care for whiteness, I do not hate it … I do hate what is has done to me, my family and my community though.
Hate the sin, not the sinner, right?
Whiteness has intentionally obscured whole populations, their connection with our planet and their heritage. While it does matter, as these connections are more than just the stories of elders;
Yes the stories of our elders our of incredible importance; and to comprehend them takes more than ears, minds or hearts.
Their stories are but mist rising from the land … and I’m talking about a connection with the air, the trees and streams.
Whiteness took beauty, diversity, excellence and tragedy, mushed it all together into a horrifically ambiguous ball of nothingness; an all consuming void, gobbling up what cultures it can. Repackaging the artifacts and selling them back to us at a premium.
What can web3 community do ?!?
I can only speak on indigeneity, personally, which, in my personal estimation, is tied intrinsically to the land. The land is where all things begin and end.
What is the web3 community doing ?
Conversations are happening daily around the environment; and while there may be much sincerity, both progress and process, need to be more clearly conveyed and publicized? imo
Culturally … we’re still scratching surfaces, while being incredibly powerful; which makes us more dangerous than not.
This is a long road of both personal and cultural reconciliation. It started before our lifetime, and will continue after we have passed. Personally, I think I am only just beginning to comprehend that sentiment, enough to truly enact the walk it requires.