Originally posted on Dancing with Decolonization:

Every one has heard the crabs in the bucket story. Most Indigenous people have heard it applied to themselves and their communities. A big ol’ bucket of Indian crabs pulling at each other so the other can’t move into the suburbs with the mollusks and starfish.

In the words of George Watsky:

“Don’t drag each other down, cause being a crab in a bucket is mad lonely.
Be the crab escaping from crab prison.
Who creates a crab rope out the window made only of crab homies.”

Have ya’ll ever asked why it’s like this? The term lateral violence should ring some bells. If one who is oppressed (aka held back by society) cannot strike upwards (to the powers that be), then they will strike outwards to those who are nearest to them.

Those who are nearest are the children, sacred gifts from the Creator. Family members, aunts, uncles, and…

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Lateral Love™ Australia Lateral Love Australia is devoted to bringing lateral violence, particularly for Aboriginal & Islander (including the Torres Strait) Peoples of Australia, into the public arena. Lateral Love™ Australia aims to share truthful information about the history of Australia, highlighting the deliberate impact of colonisation, and the damage made to the Human Spirit regardless of race due the manifestations of lateral violence. William Brian Butler & his niece Nicola Butler are the individuals behind the "Lateral Love & Spirit of Care for all Humankind 2012 - 2022 Campaign". This campaign is a product of the culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler creating an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well being for all Aboriginal and Islander peoples in this country.
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  1. yourothermotherhere says:

    I really like that quote. It fits society so well today!

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