damn, this is a dope song. thanks for posting. he comes hard critiquing north american latinos who go back to their parents country of origin and participate in “revolutionary tourism.” i remember participating in some traveling of my own a few years ago, going to a zapatista encuentro and seeing the “zapaturismo” first hand. there was a certain romanticization of the struggle in chiapas in a way that made a spectacle out of it. hundreds of young people from around the world gathering and participating in forums, but when it came to interacting with the rank and file of the lacondon jungle there was very little actual, direct, dialog.
reminds me also of so much of the people of color left in urban centers like the bay area where identity politics run rampant and people who are ostensibly radical end up reifying their cultural identity rather than engaging in direct struggle against oppressors, the state, and capital. there’s a romanticization of culture, past struggles, and struggles happening far away without looking at the way (or without participating within the struggles) in which people of color are fighting as racialized workers within the capitalist economy.
one thread that connects both of these tendencies is a lack of understanding of the material links between the struggle in the former colonies and the struggle of oppressed workers within the imperial centers of capital. for instance, look at the way in which land struggle go down in various parts of mexico. take the yucatan peninsula for instance, where land grabs by tourist capitalists, bourgeois speculators, and petty bourgeois retirees all play a role in breaking up the ejidos and dividing the peasant/indigenous community against one another through the privatization of land. then follow the displaced workers up to the bay area where many work in the back of restaurants washing dishes, or as line cooks, etc. the material relations that the yucatecan migrants find themselves situated in is one in which they struggle against opportunists in their community in mexico, and then find themselves struggling against their direct bosses on the shopfloor of their workplaces. proletarianization is an ongoing process that blends together the struggles for land among indigenous communities of the struggles of indigenous workers around the world.
thanks for letting me go on this rant. dope video.
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