“Accomplices Not Allies” remains an indictment of artificial declarations of “allyship,” it is not a prop for woke theatrics.
Since we authored the provocation Accomplices Not Allies in 2014 we have witnessed its extraordinary proliferation & co-optation. We are not surprised that liberals would gravitate towards any sense authenticity, their insincerity is such that any truth can be manipulated and used to camouflage and maintenance of their privilage(s). Like the not so casular permenantly uncritical opportunist that they are, “truth” can only ever be lost on them. Their vocation isn’t truth or justice its the fomentation of illusions and confusions to keep the exploited and oppressed divided and befuddle with false promises, and a permanent defeatism disguised as their opposite. Because though they know the authentic among the oppressed and colonized cannot obtain justice from their colonizers, and oppressors. They equally know that they themselves, as opportunists, collaborators, and co-oppressors can obtain justice as “rewards” under Capitalist Settler Colonialism. It is quite literally the medium of exchange, as “justice” means, just us. It presupposes a necessary maintenance of the status quo, though perhaps under more decorative and beautified terms.
This next example in a long legacy of activist theatrics and self promotion displayed at the Grammys is no exception.
We would otherwise enjoy ignoring the grandiose elitist auditory spectacle but we felt a particular sting when the music stopped & this uncomfortable statement attached to our initial analysis was made, “It’s time that we demand the freedom that this land promises… We don’t need allies, we need accomplices.”
We are compelled to clarify that stolen land offers no promise of freedom. This is the great historical lie of colonial invaders whose promises of freedom & democracy were fulfilled through genocide, theft, & slavery. This is what “freedom” and settler “democracy” on stolen lands encompasses. Lest we forget that the very concept of American “Democracy” and “Representation” were misappropriated, stolen and corrupted by the very violent psychopaths from the Indigenous subjected to that violence and colonialism.
This pattern of rhetorical spin and misrepresentation has been the typical way that the non-profit industrial complex and professional liberalism/activism in militant dress has pivoted and weaponized Accomplices Not Allies and most calls for radical solidarity against the very movements it claims to support. They literally are the very people who Accomplices Not Allies is describing and critiquing. We’ve experienced this in our own struggles and we’ve witnesed it with the Black Lives Matter movement, we authored the original provocation to expressly point out this fact. Lest what we say now be twisted further by these pathogens called Allies, or any other disguise, to be clear, we unequivocally support BLM in its militant rebellion against white supremacy and state violence. Solidarity of BIPOC communities is essential in our collective struggle towards total liberation. Yet most declarations of “accomplice-ship” (as some movement entrepreneurs now regrettably call it) are interpretations of the original piece that are really just moves towards cooptation & counter-insurgency in service of all of our on going colonialism, genocide and enslavement. In a world where the facts of our daily lives are materially abject and tangibly self evident there is nothing to interpret, there is no history, no need for follow-up, it’s what we live.
If you are not directly challenging or unsettling power with actions that break the bonds, laws, & social order that are our permenant condition of colonial genocide, you are not OUR accomplice. Though you indeed are someone’s. Yet our power is with the people, our ancestors, and sacred lands.