Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Decolonize!

Hey all,

We just sent our newest issue to the printer, so let's hope to get it back soon!

In the meantime, check it out online!  This is the "Decolonize" issue.  Learn more inside....

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

That ad for Indigenous Solidarity day was on October 8th. You may want to remove that from the issue since it was two mouths ago.

Thomas, Student Insurgent said...

It's in the past tense... A report back, if you will, which details the event. Thanks for the feedback though! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

If it's in the past tense then why do you have a date and time for the event? Also the article next to the ad does not talk about the event that much.

Thomas, Student Insurgent said...

we used the poster for the event as an image, because it is beautiful and spoke to the event and because the people hosting the event designed the poster.

i'm glad you read the article. thanks for checking out the insurgent!

Anonymous said...

You couldn't remove the words at the bottom?
Also the whole "past tense" thing you said isn't true then, if you just wanted to use the image.

Thomas, Student Insurgent said...

Dearest Anonymous,

An attempt to be cordial is clearly not working. you seem really stoked on getting out your microagressions over the internet. We would love some constructive feedback, or maybe some thoughtful response to any articles, but pickin' bones about a poster just ain't doing us any good. Take a breath, go outside, and make some revolution.

Again, I'm glad you're checking out the issue... hopefully you see some things that you like.

Thomas, Student Insurgent said...

Dearest Anonymous,

An attempt to be cordial is clearly not working. you seem really stoked on getting out your microagressions over the internet. We would love some constructive feedback, or maybe some thoughtful response to any articles, but pickin' bones about a poster just ain't doing us any good. Take a breath, go outside, and make some revolution.

Again, I'm glad you're checking out the issue... hopefully you see some things that you like.

Anonymous said...

You want more constructive feedback. Okay.

The reason I mention that poster on page four is because I have a strong feeling that this Cimarron Gillespie only wrote three paragraphs (one is just a rant about Columbus) is because he did not attended the event, and you put that image which takes up most of the page, so that one article could take up the rest of the page. And if you guys did do that, then that makes you look very lazy and unprofessional.

That’s a pretty trivial notion and I could be wrong, but my major issue I have with your magazine (and most of your issues) is the underlining hatred towards policemen. In the article you wrote on page 15 you talk about how anyone who puts on a uniform is soulless and should not be considered human. Instead of talking about authority figures that abuse their power and racial profiling, you decided to call all uniform officials soulless and paint them with a big brush. That is very similar attitude to those who stereotype and marginalize people of color.

This whole magazine only has brief information about serious issue in our world; the rest is you guys trying too hard to get a rise out of people and very insincere writings. You could have taken this time to talk about diversity in America and immigrants and facing intolerance, or the fact that Columbus Day use to be a day of celebrating Italian American immigrants overcoming their obstacles. But you didn’t. You decided to make a very typical magazine filled aimless ramblings.

I hope this was constructive enough for you. And by the way, if you want to call me an asshole just call me an asshole. Don’t pull this whole passive aggressive altitude on me. It’s very unbecoming.

Thomas, Student Insurgent said...

Yes. This is much more helpful. Thanks for the input, especially about the Italian American immigrant/Columbus Day thing. Also, I wrote the article on page 15, and I appreciate the feedback. I stand by my statement that people who uphold systems of domination sacrifice themselves in order to do it, and what I intended to get at is that all of us, whether indigenous to the land we are living on or not, are negatively affected by colonization, in the sense that it is a very dehumanizing process for everyone involved. That was my intention, but perhaps i didn't do it justice.

I agree that the critique of police/military could have been more pointed as to the ways in which they abuse their power (and, i argue, dehumanize both themselves and the people they abuse in the process), but because police/military are dominating forces which enforce heirarchy and the status quo, i do not believe that criticizing those people as a group is the same as having racist attitudes towards people of color. I am criticizing people in uniform for a choice they have made, and I also recognize that they can rescind that choice (a.k.a. quitting). Racism comes from the socially constructed idea that a person of color acts a certain way because of the color of their skin, as if some attributes related to melanin are "inherent." That is very different from criticizing a person for a choice.

Thank you for the critical thoughts. They are helpful and important. There is always room for growth!

Anonymous said...

So I was right about page four then.

Thomas, Student Insurgent said...

You mean about the reporter going to the event? He did go to the event. But about the other stuff... layout, etc... i guess that's just a matter of opinion. but just know we're trying!

Anonymous said...

"we're trying!"
Really? You could've fooled me.

Acre said...

The Anonymous guy, kind of makes a good point. Why did this Cims guy have a bloated rant about Columbus and not talk about the event?

Anonymous said...

I know right. But I was just trolling with that article, most of its made up too. But the rest of this magazine is just meh.