#HelloKitty, I love you! I found this plastic “Hello Kitty” button in the #stumpery, which is a small garden featuring decaying, exposed #roots and all the life that natural process of #decomposition nourishes. The stumpery is near the #Archives that hold Henry Shaw’s papers. There,
I spend most of my time reading financial and historical documents related to #HenryShaw’s life as an active colonizer of the lands now known as #StLouis. It is weird and #boring and scary to study Shaw with the goal of putting an honest price tag on #genocide. Here, I don’t mean abstract genocide such as what happened to my ancestors in the #Caribbean after the arrival of #ChristopherColumbus.
I mean tracing the sale of rifles, blankets, and ammunition that Shaw sold to specific massacres. He was such a good record keeper and I’m a good enough researcher that I’m sure, with adequate time and #SelfLove provisions, I could do just that.
Shaw was famous for “outfitting” white colonizers moving westwards. He hired notorious #slavecatchers to find people like Esther and her two young children who dared steal themselves. In looking at his books, I can trace genocide in #slowmotion... and I can review the network of beneficiaries such as the family who founded #LindellBank. I can also see how Shaw and his fellow white men saw people such as my #Native, #Jewish, and #African ancestors. In the books, #BlackPeople made into slaves, for example, are not counted as even 3/5 the #value of white people. They are listed alongside clocks and watches. #TickTock.
I share this because I’m studying Shaw through the lens of #DecolonialBiznessWorld so I can help people design businesses aimed at #reparations and decolonization — and solicit funding directly from the families whose ancestors gained wealth through genocide. Each symbol in the regenerative medicine wheel showcases business principles.
As for Hello Kitty? She’s a #memory device in miniature. She reminds me to take time to stroll and #imagine new futures, including a world without a statue of #Columbus in #TowerGrovePark. She reminds me of the film I made next to the statue of Columbus that Shaw erected in 1886. #DecolonizeSTL
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