i dunno why but rn i’m thinking about stuff like
the white savior complex in permaculture
and like, how come we don’t hear about or see people of color, especially women of color acting as fonts of experience/knowledge/wisdom when it comes to growing your own
and why that’s explicitly linked to colonialism, destruction of culture, so that there are so very few people who hold to that deeper way of living (((thinking of haitian farmers burning the monsanto seeds that were donated to them in the name of feeding more people with less. how rad. how vital.)))
and why it seems likely that it would cycle around the way it has so that dudes most privileged to travel just to see some vietnamese family’s 300+ year old homestead (((and not even tell the rest of the world their names??? as if they’re just another raw material???))) so he can turn around and be the messiah of the environmental movement
(like it’s not vietnamese immigrant women returning to vietnam to talk shop about gardening/forestry—it’s captain white intellectual man—and that has meaning)
seems like respect for human culture is lacking—and it’s subtle and it can, by its own rules, change—that the only worthwhile cultures in permaculture are between human + plantS + animalS. that polyculture doesn’t apply to human culture, because so far i’ve just seen casual colonialism.