August Is For Activism: Introducing The Warpaths

“You don’t need receipts when you live it everyday.” (@.warpath) This is still one of the dopest quotes ever.

Dr. Angela Davis said that the only people that would be familiar, are familiar, with the struggle of African-American people are Native Americans. With that said, let me back up a little bit.

The American Indian Movement started in July 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

“The American Indian Movement (AIM) is an American Indian advocacy group organized to address issues related to sovereignty, leadership, and treaties. Particularly in its early years, AIM also protested racism and civil rights violations against Native Americans.”

In this space of all things world-changing, I would be disingenuous to not mention two of my favorite Native TikTokers: Mia Warpath (@miawarpath) and Warpath (@.warpath). Since being on TikTok for almost a year, I have l learned so much from them, and become that much more aware of the AIM. With that awareness, I feel that I should have known (more) about this before! This is yet another reason to love and respect Dr. Angela Davis.

One of the things that made me highlight them this month, is how dedicated they are to activism, their family, preservation and protection of their culture and traditions. From them (and the completely amazing @aunt.calei–follow her too!) I have learned about land rights, how the U.S. KEEPS violating treaties, American (White) History is trash, and the need to stamp out cultural appropriation at every turn!

One of the things that is crucial about activism, and what makes it it so dynamic, is it provokes you to learn! It provokes question, examination, and will demand that you understand that the world does not revolve around you. As one that walks through the world as Black and woman, my struggle is different and similar to Native women. It is that struggle that allows me, provokes me, to stop being an ally (conditional) to being an accomplice (committed). Through this exposure, this immersion into Native TikTok, I have a greater appreciation to what AIM is, and just how crucial–and overdue–everything they are asking for is.

Activism is not a buzzword, it is not a thing to do. Activism is life-changing. It is thought-provoking, and it reminds you that the world you inhabit is not owned, but shared. Besides, sometimes the best thing to do is to just give native peoples their land back.

Notes:

If you want to know more about what MiaWarpath does, follow her linktree and also find Native Voices Podcast.

Please consider following and supporting the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement. Why should you care? Every stolen sister is OUR sister.

Stop line 3. WATER IS LIFE. Click here.

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