University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
The Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society (STARS) promotes anti-racism education at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan through the support of the College. We work collaboratively to understand, identify, and address individual and systemic racism and its interlocking forms of oppression based on gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion and other socially constructed categories. We believe that anti-racist and decolonizing education, when woven together, can create humanizing and emancipatory change for everyone.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"The one who takes the best meat for himself": Aaron Huey on America's Prisoners of War

In this video, Aaron Huey intertwines white privilege and Indigenous oppression while offering a decolonized perspective of American history extending to the present. Huey explores the notion of white privilege through the Lakota term "wasichu" meaning "non-Indian" or "the one who takes the best meat for himself." As he speaks, Huey explicitly indicates to the [predominantly white] audience that they are the beneficiaries of a brutal American history based on slaughter and exploitation:"We are at a private school in the American West, sitting in red velvet chairs with money in our pockets. And if you look at our lives, we have indeed taken the best part of the meat."

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