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Posts from the ‘Power’ Category

Bearers of Discomfort

Bearers of Discomfort

If being such, means
That our message
Sinks in and resonates
Beyond the skin
Flesh deep!

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Whiteness matters: on domination and seeing what’s not to be seen

"We may be on our way to genuine hybridity, multiplicity without (white) hegemony, and it may be where we want to get to – but we aren’t there yet, and we won’t get there until we see whiteness... put it in its place and end its rule. This is why studying whiteness matters". ~ Dyer, 1997

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Downing the Brown: When two tribes go to war

Representations of Māori in the media: "The processes of colonization attack us in our most sensitive areas: in the way we perceive ourselves blind to the way those perceptions have been constructed for us initially" ~ Spokane poet and scholar, Gloria Bird, 1993

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Frankenstein Science: The Creation of the Warrior Gene

It may seem a stretch linking Shelley's Frankenstein to an exploration of 'the warrior gene' 5 years on, nevertheless the links are clear and unmistakable...

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Out of a liberal’s Africa

Misinformation about Africa has become a growth industry in the West.
~ Ama Biney

I think I need a new category called 'pissed off' pieces. Cos every now and then I stumble across an article that makes me so mad I just want to hurl fury and insults...

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Occupy Wall Street & Tame Iti: The power of the image

Don't panic! Tame Iti isn't occupying Wall Street (unless Wall St have their sights on te Urewera for some sort of mining project, wouldn't surprise me) - there's a method to my madness...

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Occupy Wall Street: The power of police

Brief thought: Earlier this year a colleague was describing a visit to the Australian Embassy in Wellington to renew a passport. She had been shocked to find a significant police presence in the surrounding streets to the embassy until she realised that the Australian Prime Minister was visiting. Still, I had to wonder...

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Occupy Wall Street: The power of words

Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.
~ Toni Morrison

Occupy Wall Street is a fast growing movement...

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The Opiate of Hope

I loved the Shawshank Redemption. Its on my list of all-time favourite movies. There is enough inspiration in its themes of redemption, loyalty, and integrity-in-the face-of-corruption, to satisfy a consummate dreamer like myself through numerous sittings...

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The promise of Mana, truth telling, and the struggle of ideas

The most potent weapon of the oppressor, is the mind of the oppressed
- Steve Biko, Cape Town 1971

Upon reading that veteran activist John Minto has declared his stand for Mana...

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