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'tis enough, we are sufficiently peeved.

If we could stop pretending like systemic violence/oppression isn’t as Sri Lankan as kawum and kokis, that would be great. Just a quick walk down memory lane would show us that, whether it’s in the form of Buddhist Chauvanism (best oxymoron so far) or Tamil seperatism, radicalism and its consequences moulded and maintains the current political structure. I mean, the years we’ve spent in war time - and the destruction and traumas and paranoia that go along with it - dwarves our peace time gains. It’s really about time we stopped worrying about rocking a boat thats already capsizing, and for systemic changes that address structural violence, because the status quo will almost surely ensure that we’ll go down with it, come hell or high water.

While BBS may amplify only a minority Sinhalese view, what’s important, vis a vis the current situation, is that it has the power to wreak havoc in society at large. In this light, maintaining that its only a fringe movement is to entirely overlook how systemic violence/racism has worked to fuel the oppression of minories - which, given our history, is irresponsible at best. So yeah, dont do it. Please.

"The nightmare lasted so long and the distances traversed were so vast that communication was breached between home and diaspora; even memory lapsed, and the two sides lost each other; they forgot who they were, their proper name. One side earned the name of slaves, and the other of savages. Oppression renames its victims, brands them as a farmer brands his cattle with a common signature. It always aims to subvert the individual spirit and the humanity of the victim; and the victim will more or less struggle to remove oppression and be free.

Unfortunately, oppression does not automatically produce only meaningful struggle. It has the ability to call into being a wide range of responses between partial acceptance and violent rebellion. In between you can have, for instance, a vague, unfocused dissatisfaction; or worst of all, savage infighting among the oppressed, a fierce love-hate entanglement with one another like crabs inside the fisherman’s bucket, which ensures that no crab gets away. This is a serious issue for African-American deliberation.

To answer oppression with appropriate resistance requires knowledge of two kinds: in the first place, self-knowledge by the victim, which means an awareness that oppression exists, an awareness that the victim has fallen from a great height of glory or promise into the present depths; secondly, the victim must know who the enemy is. He must know his oppressor’s real name, not an alias, a pseudonym, or a nom de plume!"
Chinua Achebe on the ‘African/American connection’ (via kawrage)