Saturday, December 30, 2017

Our Four Guiding Principles

Scholarship

Scholarship is defined as “academic study or achievement; learning at a high level.” For us, this study is threefold:
  1. We must educate ourselves fully in our history of crimes against humanity, amongst them our savagery, biological warfare, rape, slavery, and enforced assimilation of the indigenous peoples.
  2. We must educate ourselves on the myriad ways the illusion of our white supremacy is maintained, the methods by which systemic racism is permitted to continue, and the current issues facing people of color.
  3. We must educate ourselves on our own true genetic history to understand better our specific, individual cultures and ancestry within Europe.
Scholarship requires thoughtful self-education, focus, discipline. It is best accomplished within a framework that is both sober and supportive. This means avoiding time wasting activities like hours of television watching or sporting events, and maintaining a clean mind to develop critical thinking ability by avoiding drugs and alcohol. To properly commit yourself, you may find it necessary to remove distractions or people that would prevent you from learning. Unfortunately, there are many such people who will be threatened by what you learn, and will seek to hinder your progress. Recognizing these people for what they are is key. Your process to develop into a morally righteous being must be guarded passionately from such enemies.

Lastly, our self-education should be shared. Share what you learn with other Europeans you know, share on your social media, share your learnings any way you can. Take care to remember we are all at a different point in our learning and some may not yet be ready to absorb some of the knowledge you’ve gained.

Materials for study are readily available on the internet, your library, your book store. Study of Mexica Movement’s recommended books, websites, social media, and videos is encouraged. BTE will be developing a recommended reading list, specific to Europeans, over time.

Stewardship

Stewardship is defined as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.” Let’s be clear: the indigenous peoples didn’t ENTRUST us with anything; we STOLE it. Nor are we to “manage” or “supervise” something that doesn’t belong to us. However, while we ARE here, it behooves us to take very good care of these lands and resources, so they will be in as good a condition when we leave them as we can possibly ensure.

Back to Europe encourages moderation and minimalism in all things, from where you live to what you consume. Taking only what is necessary and leaving as little waste as possible is the aim. Wealth accumulation is in direct conflict with our philosophy, as this is only gorging on resources we have no right to!

Stewardship extends to involvement in protecting the environment wherever possible. Fighting pollution of this land’s natural resources is a big part of this, whether that pollution is by fracking or littering or building irresponsible pipelines through natural animal habitats or indigenous water supplies.

You can engage in proper stewardship in hundreds of ways, from small, individual steps you take such as ensuring your refuse is properly disposed of and doesn’t find its way to the ocean, to larger scale steps taken in affiliation with other groups such as beach cleanup days. You may find you’re already committed to stewardship in your daily life in some ways, but haven’t thought about it in these terms before.

The key is to question every action or behavior as to how it will impact indigenous land or resources. Consider yourself a very unwelcome guest (because you are!) trying your best to “fly under the radar” and not make your overly patient hosts any more annoyed by your presence. Seek to work in concert, in harmony, with your environment, rather than obnoxiously taking from it to fulfill your personal greed.

Another form stewardship can take is in how you spend your money. Seeking to spend it as much as possible in Nican Tlaca owned and operated businesses helps to ensure the resources you’ve used return naturally to their proper owners. This also helps those businesses thrive against massive European-based superstores or chains. Consciously choose who you support with what you make. Support the indigenous, and deny the companies that seek to make profit from them.

Service

Service is defined as “the occupation or function of serving” or “contribution to the welfare of others." For us, as moral Europeans, service may frequently take the form of engaging in protests or demonstrations to further indigenous rights, or to fight systemic racism or perceived white supremacy. As a non-violent organization, we will not take part in any aggressive or agitating actions, but rather those that allow us to educate and spread the principles we try to live by and hope to inspire in other Europeans.

Service can take more of a behind-the-scenes format, such as assisting with numerous BTE projects to fight white supremacy and colonialism, whether by contributing time, artwork, writing, or whatever your business or talents suggest, if there is a need for such.

Speaking Up

Speaking up simply means speaking to other Europeans when a teaching moment arises. If someone says something offensive, ignorant, racist, it is on US to speak up. Obviously tailor how you do this to the situation and setting. There are calm and thoughtful ways of letting people know their words are unacceptable that don’t require you jeopardizing your work or freedom, but silence is NEVER ok. As long as Europeans are permitted to voice racist convictions, they will continue to do so. It’s up to us to let them know, in whatever way we can, that such behavior is not tolerable.

Speaking up is an outward manifestation of our internal moral convictions. We serve the greater goal of dismantling white supremacy by holding those around us accountable to at least public morality, and hopefully, over time, changed behaviors.

Speaking up can also be proactive, in seeking out places to educate, such as the comment sections of newspapers which tend to run amok with unmoderated racist remarks, or group forums on social media, or even in inviting a small group of friends over for a more casual, but informative, conversation. Seek out opportunities.

More questions? You can email us at backtoeurope@yahoo.com.