Thursday, March 16, 2017

How might we see the following from a racial justice lens?

How might we see the following from a racial justice lens?

from By Stephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star

NO WORD FOR WALL For the Tohono O’odham Nation, the U.S. border with Mexico is an unnatural line that divides their indigenous homelands. About 2,000 of the tribe’s members live in Mexico, and many of them use services such as the dialysis clinic, which is on the U.S. side in Sells. Sells, the tribe’s capital, is about 60 miles southwest of downtown Tucson. The expansive Arizona reservation is roughly the size of Connecticut. The tribe essentially has a wall already, many members say. Most of the tribe’s border is already lined with steel vehicle barriers that wind around saguaro cacti, across sacred archaeological sites, and allow for rushing waters to cross the border through washes that water their land during summer months. The added security has had effects. Places where members can legally cross the border with tribal identification cards have shrunk from seven to three in recent years, in some cases tripling travel time to visit families and attend ceremonies in Mexico.

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1 comment:

  1. The thought that the TON Nation has no word for "wall" reminds me of Michael Moore's movie, Where To Invade Next. At the end Moore talks about another wall that used to be up and no longer is and how that happened. Then a couple weeks ago, a friend shared his definition of antiracism as everyone coming together, all welcome no matter what. And racism, he said, is about separating. So, now, in English, I have another word for wall. Thank you, friend!