你好. Hola. नमस्ते.
DIY.DECOL is for anyone seeking support, resources and connections to help deepen our understanding on diversity, decolonisation, power and privilege.
Everyone is welcome to use this site regardless of race, religion, political views, sexuality, disability and gender.
*Close your eyes and take a moment to vision a world where all souls are happy, free and treated equal*
*Now close your eyes and really feel into how far away from this we are. Feel it deeply, deeper than you have ever felt it. Get angry about it. Then open your eyes when you feel ready to do something about it.*
DIY.DECOL is also created to inspire and support people wishing to start conversations around anti-oppression as well as forming groups that tackle cross-sector decolonisation.
e.g. decolonising wellness; decolonising economics; decolonising education; decolonising environmentalism; decolonising the legal system; and more.
DIY.DECOL takes vulnerability and patience. The promise is that although the work will challenge you, the process of awakening from racial + social justice innocence will be empowering.
If anyone would like to add/remove resources OR use this site to host conversations please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an emergent work - welcoming contributors, input + collaborators.
My name is Samantha Moyo and I make no expertise nor ownership claims for this home-made site. I share passion for this work based on situated knowledge - barely finished university, was born and raised in Zimbabwe, am proud queer, was stateless for 8 years, recovered from drug and alcohol addiction, started a sober revolution, survived various forms of oppression and am a dedicated social innovator.
The dream is for this site to be co-facilitated by a multi-cultural collective. Also happy for it to stay as it is. Noone owns DECOL so feel fully welcome.
*DIYDECOL IS A CONTRIBUTION NOT THE ANSWER*
I pledge to continue advocating for decolonising wellness
I pledge to continue to advocate for decolonising environmentalism
I pledge to advocate for decolonising education - welcoming ways to contribute in this effort
I pledge to support campaigns for borderless societies + find ways to connect and support refugees
I pledge to re-design my personal projects in view of this work + evolving findings
I pledge to stand up for injustice whenever I see / experience it
I pledge to boldly express anger + rage, fearless of being labelled "angry black woman"
I pledge to stay on the DIYDECOL path especially when it challenges me
WHAT IS YOUR PLEDGE? #DIYDECOL
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS DECOLONISATION?
Please do your own research as there are so many framings available. All useful. I discovered two pathways:
Decolonising our minds (warning: this can result in white victimhood and fragility)
Decolonising structural issues e.g. land, labour, economics, healthcare etc
“Decolonisation itself refers to the undoing of colonial rule over subordinate countries but has taken on a wider meaning as the ‘freeing of minds from colonial ideology’ in particular by addressing the ingrained idea that to be colonised was to be inferior. Decolonisation then offers a powerful metaphor for those wanting to critique positions of power and dominant culture.” SOURCE
"Decolonization requires non-Indigenous individuals, governments, institutions and organizations to create the space and support for Indigenous Peoples to reclaim all that was taken from them. Indigenization: ... Indigenization identifies opportunities for indigeneity to be expressed." SOURCE
Decolonization restores the Indigenous world view
Decolonization restores culture and traditional ways
Decolonization replaces Western interpretations of history with Indigenous perspectives of history
Decolonization is about shifting the way Indigenous Peoples view themselves and the way non-Indigenous people view Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Peoples are reclaiming the family, community, culture, language, history and traditions that were taken from them under the federal government policies designed for assimilation. Some communities are reclaiming control via self-government agreements, treaties, or other negotiated agreements. It’s about revealing, renewal and rediscovery.” SOURCE
WHAT IS OPPRESSION?
prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority.
the state of being subject to oppressive treatment.
mental pressure or distress.
HOW DO I MANAGE THE TOXIC ENERGY THAT THIS CAN SOMETIMES BRING UP?
Resource yourself with self-care practices, healing sessions and movement e.g. yoga, meditation, fitness or nature trips. It’s very important to keep clearing yourself
Immerse yourself in pleasure activism to ensure that you’re kept lit up and full of juicy energy. If you spend all day thinking about oppression your creative spirit may be hampered so be sure to prioritise pleasure.
Laughter is always the best medicine. All work and no laughs will lead to a slow and painful death. See your friends, play, get hugs and laugh.
Decide on your boundaries and stick to them. Depending on the level of trauma or wounds it may be that you need to take space between conversations to allow your body to heal. Listen to your body, it’s important to create the right environment for this work.
THE MAIN THING IS NOT TO BURDEN ANYONE FROM AN OPPRESSED GROUP WITH YOUR FRAGILITY UNLESS THE PERSON SPECIFICALLY DOES THIS WORK.
I WANT TO DO THIS WORK BUT I AM SCARED.
That’s ok, we are all afraid of seeing darkness in ourselves and in our world. Contact DIY.DECOL directly if you require connections with people who have already gone through this process of awakening. Please also check out our list of therapists/liberators/reconcilers and contact them for one-on-one support.
Listen to some motivational podcasts and do this work in bite-sizes. Self-care first. The main thing is to keep going.
I KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD REALLY BENEFIT FROM THIS WORK AND I'M NOT SURE HOW TO SUGGEST IT TO THEM.
You can’t force anyone to learn, understand or attend something they are not ready for. The most important person to equip is yourself first and hope that your sharings and empowerment with them will one day inspire your community.
Buy them a relevant book, point them towards some podcasts, forward any interesting articles you come across.
CAN YOU OFFER WORKSHOPS OR GROUP WORK FOR ME AND MY FRIENDS?
First do some DIY work. If you want some regular support, gather a group of trusted friends in a sharing circle that is focussed on this topic. Listen to Layla F Saad podcasts; read books on topic together; find poetry by James Baldwin and discuss what feelings come up. No-one wrote a how to colonise book so we have to figure out how to DECOL ourselves. I also recommend reading Gal-dem and Afropunk articles for more/regular perspectives.
THE ANGER THAT OPPRESSED GROUPS PEOPLE FEEL IS REAL.
Yes it is. Have compassion. If you're a person who feels blocked when people express their anger, search for some articles online to read different perspectives on the expression of anger. Remember so many movements that pushed things forward have been born from anger and people saying enough is enough. This site is born from frustration and wanting to see shift happen. Stand tall in the line of fire. Keep listening, learning and asking "what is needed for healing and balance to be restored?"
Stepping up as a Non-binary Ally
LIBERATORS + RECONCILERS
Learn from as many people and resources - happy to add more here.
Layla f Saad - http://laylafsaad.com/
Nova Reid - https://novareid.com/
Yazz Min - https://www.instagram.com/standforhumanity/
Austin Channing - http://austinchanning.com/
Camille Barton - https://www.thecollectiveliberationproject.com/
Reni Eddo-Lodge - http://renieddolodge.co.uk/
Samantha Moyo - https://www.samanthamoyo.co.uk/
Haji Healing Salon - https://hajihealingsalon.com/
These incredible healers have experience supporting people on the decol path
Jasmin harsono @ https://emeraldandtiger.com/
Mel Garcia @ https://www.holisticminduk.com/
Diahann Holder @ https://urbanavatars.com/
Jaha Browne @ https://www.instagram.com/jaha_browne/
Darren Le Baron @ https://www.darrenlebaron.com/
Richie Bostock @ https://www.thebreathguy.co.uk/
Yoli Maya Yeh @ https://sites.google.com/site/yolimaya/
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-lodge
White Fragility by Dr. Robin D’Angelo
Eshun's memoir, Black Gold of the Sun
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging By Afua Hirsch
Slay in your lane by Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke
Me and White Supremacy by Laayla F Saad
There is a world of books, podcasts, youtube videos out there. Geek out on diversity and decolonisation. The path will not always be easy and mistakes will be made. The important thing is to keep going and create a community of people who are also doing the work with integrity.
Special thanks to Tarik elmoutawakil + Nova Reid for the inspiration and support. Praise to Hana Hull for requesting this TWICE.