Since being a kid, I have loved the Olympics. I still do. I've been watching the Vancouver Winter Games and enjoying them. Go Apolo!!! Break the record! And a huge congratulations to Alexandre Bilodeau, on his Men's Moguls Gold Medal accomplishment, and for the love between him and his brother, Frédéric, who has Cerebral Palsy and inspires Alexandre. Congrats also to the self-possessed and super smart Hannah Kearney for her Gold in Women's Moguls.
I've also been considering, at least during commercial breaks, how enjoying things that require genocidal activities is required to be part of dominant society.
I suspect one key dynamic in dominant cultural apathy and resistance to being conscious of what is actually going on to allow the dominant West to be dominant is that it manufactures and promotes so many ways for all of us to be "entertained" and distracted, deluded, in denial, caught up in dominant cultural spectacles, as well as financially invested or economically dependent, socially and institutionally tethered, and politically obligated and obliged. I'm sure there are whole books on this subject. I don't think I'm saying anything new, and I've thought about this on and off for years. But it really sinks in and hits nerves when reporting here on atrocious activities that I am "enjoying" the practice of--off-camera, to be sure. I plan to write more about this. For now...
All that follows is from *here*, with thanks to Brenda at Censored News.
Olympic Resistance: Indigenous Groups, Anti-Poverty Activists, and Civil Liberties Advocates Protest 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
Our Olympic coverage begins today in the streets of Vancouver, where some say a historic convergence is taking place. Indigenous groups, anti-poverty activists and civil liberties advocates are some of the voices being heard in protests against the Olympic presence. Franklin Lopez of the Vancouver’s Media Co-op has been following the Olympic protests. He filed this report. [includes rush transcript]