White men have monopolized our ethnosphere and the ecosphere for eons, and with the highest value being placed on white male wealth and power, everyone in the Americas continues to be affected by the kyriarchy of intersectional oppressions (race, gender, wealth/class, sexual orientation and ableism). Even the land itself, and the many elements and creatures in nature have been ravaged and oppressed by patriarchal ideology ("speciesism"). The patriarchal founders and robber barons of Empire, the rich, entitled, rapacious, racist, misogynist, warlord, bible-thumping, immoral and power-mad white men and their policies have imposed their will on our bodies, minds and souls, and have dictated the destruction of our world. And we need to object!
As activists everywhere continue to engage with social justice, we are guided by ally theory (or allyship) that offers meaning and protocol for acting in solidarity with marginalized groups, people of colour, women, those living in poverty, the disabled and the LBGT community. As we take responsibility for our many privileges and step up our co-resistance, we are in agreement that equity comes before equality, and that placing ourselves behind those in a subordinate position will propel the most oppressed forward, and is the only way to affect change. And as we expand our anti-racism work we encounter important guidelines, and begin to see that "since racism was created by our white ancestors, it is the white majority, not people of colour, that need to dismantle it." How can it be otherwise? Any other conclusion would continue to perpetuate the goals of Empire. It is white people, not any other group, that must take responsibility for the disaster created by the white supremacist founding and maintenance of the Americas, to eliminate racism and the intersectional oppressions, and to create the conditions in which equality is the outcome of equity, and tolerance can unfold for all.
If we take this guideline up a notch to the next logical level, in the same way that white people are responsible for ending racism, we must then conclude that men are responsible for ending the patriarchy. If our new meme follows that "since white men created Empire, it is up to white men to undo it" then I have a great suggestion. Why don’t privileged European/Anglo-Saxon/Germanic white men spend their days undoing the destruction their patriarchal forefathers (the government agents, religious zealots, "scientists," masters of industry and robber barons) perpetuated against women, people of colour and the pristine ecosystems of the Americas? With no more excuses, sidetracking, stonewalling, moves to innocence, denial, derailment, hand-wringing, guilt, whining, or pleading, this work can begin right now. Men have the ability to interrogate, interrupt and halt the white man worship of each other and Empire - the resource extraction, power-tripping, luxury-sucking, money collection worldview - and get on with what really matters, which is health, equity and equality for all human beings, and sovereignty for the other-than-human world.
ATTENTION: MEN OF THE AMERICAS ~ feel free to step up and take on this important and sacred work, as this is YOUR TIME! Kindly right the wrongs of history, clean up the mess your fatherlines bequeathed us from their greedy “Kings and Conquerors” rampage, and fulfill your true destiny. The planet is at stake, and in these historic times, can there be any higher cause that would ensure full liberation for both men and women, all beings, and our entire Earth Community??
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Pegi Eyers is the author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community," an award-winning book that explores strategies for intercultural competency, healing our relationships with Turtle Island First Nations, decolonization, recovering an ecocentric worldview, rewilding, creating a sustainable future and reclaiming peaceful co-existence in Earth Community.