I can’t say I’m terribly surprised to see that my previous post on Permagora has generated a fair amount of controversy. I feel inclined to speak on this, and to make one thing perfectly clear.
I am not a supporter of supremacist groups, nor do I ascribe to any racist tenets or ideologies. I am adamantly opposed to those who would devalue the lives of others based on skin color (or any other type of orientation.) Having re-read my article about punching Nazi’s over and over again, I did not find anything I wrote that would indicate otherwise, but a few people have inferred from my opinions that I must be a racist.
I am saddened by this, but I understand that people feel how they feel, and I cannot dictate to others how they must react to something. So I would like to submit my apologies to anyone who feels my words were offensive or insensitive. I will formally retract my statement that racial tensions in this country were, for a time, diminishing, as I can see that this does a disservice to all those who have suffered from racial prejudice. Even though some steps forward may have been made, plenty of problems remain, and I cannot deny the experiences of others who may feel we have not made much progress.
I can only speak from my perspective. My experiences growing up included quite a few interracial situations where no tension appeared to exist, and I compared this to the reality of the nineteen thirties (I was so appalled the first time I read To Kill A Mockingbird) or even the sixties and the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., during which time racism was policy and law in our country. Please excuse my oversimplification of what is clearly a complex matter, much broader than any one person’s experience.
I stand by my assertion that racial tensions are being instigated and exacerbated by a ruling class through their monopoly on media. I also stand by the thesis of the article, which is that instigating violence against others who make racist remarks or identify with bigoted ideologies is not advisable or excusable. I firmly believe that we should call them out and make it known that they are not welcome in our communities, but violence is not the way to achieve peace.
I appreciate all who read my work, and I certainly don’t wish to alienate my readers, though I know that parts of my message are going to be controversial and challenging. I am not perfect, and I don’t have all the answers. I am simply answering a call to action, to spread the ideas of peace and freedom, and to encourage others to challenge the institutions that threaten them. I want to help restore our world to health and prosperity, and I am simply offering my approach. Permaculture principles and agorist defiance of illegitimate authorities are my focus. I support those who wish to focus their efforts on fighting racism. I oppose racism, and any other form of hatred or oppression. However, focusing on race, bringing it up at every turn, is not my preference or style.
Planting edible landscapes and participating in counter-economics is the thrust of my message, and I believe these are things that all people from all nations and races can participate in and work together on. Finding common ground is the best way for us to move ahead, and I truly yearn for world where we can have our own cultures, our own tribes, and still coexist peacefully, in spite of certain differences. Thank you my friends, and keep up the good work.