On Nonviolence in Apartheid – Culturally-Entrenched Context
Racial & Religious-Biased Intolerance & Discrimination

 

Apartheid indicates a context of discrimination, exercised in racial, religious, or nation-state power, to hurt, maim, kill, exile, torture, & marginalize. The South African word apartheid, (pronounced “apart–hate” in English), evolved to describe discrimination reified in British Commonwealth law; (as precedents for Ameri–Canadian Indian laws that aimed to exterminate indigenous cultures).  “Nonviolence” in apartheid context indicates civil disobedience without resort to violence — from Jainist–Dravidian concepts — which arose chronologically from Southern African struggles led, e.g., by “Ba” & “Mo” Gandhi, living in a Judeo-Christian body politic, while employed by Muslims, in ashrams or communities guided by Buddhist & Hindu cultural customs, which influenced global liberations struggles from India.  In other words, “nonviolence” surfaced etymologically during the early 1900s, historically, in struggle against apartheid in the planet’s polar source of gold, diamonds, & other heavy metals like uranium.  Twenty-first Century “nonviolence” symbolizes struggle to resolve polarizing world poverty & religions with less violence.   Current Lebanese, Israeli, or Palestinian nonviolence campaigners might be more likely to describe NATO–Israel apartheid “oil” as protracted planetary “black death” wherein a global 1% elite use local citizens in war zones as experiments for controlling oil & water — enforced by militarized oil war hegemony.  Lebanese peace movement friends have called their reality a modernized "Black Death" concerning oil war plagues.  Israeli peace movement friends have responded, when asked what people in the U.S. should know about their reality, is to please stop using “us” as experimental “guinea pigs” or “lightning rods” for “perfecting” hegemonic wars to control oil & water, (globally & locally).

 

Nonviolence indicates a context of using nonkilling force, power, and coercion to co-create cooperation responsibly, so as to heal and overcome damage from violence. In nonviolent contexts, power becomes an ability to effect mutual change for mutual benefit through nonviolent action and interdependence. Nonviolent force prompts and facilitates power toward sustainable or self-reliant security & development. Nonviolent power channels force & power toward reconciliation or a higher balance. Nonviolent coercion combines conflictive use of force & power, for example, to facilitate access to housing, health, education, and employment opportunities — means or methods being consonant with ends for mutually-beneficial change.  Housing has proved more difficult to liberate, as it were, than access to health, education, & employment options in post-apartheid South Africa.  Spiritually-influenced through near death experiences–NDEs, emerging inspirational nonviolence may improve human needs & rights futures, past hellishly-violent religious dogmas or eschatologies.  Even if blind from birth, humans still share analogous NDE insights into prescient consciousness. On planetary levels, NDEs may transcend common hope needed to overcome, as it were, the collateral, dogmatic hegemonies of “friendly fire” while energizing equitable individual needs & rights.

 

For related sites online, please see, e.g.: http://www.peacehost.net/Vieques/August.html, http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/Articles/nonviolence.htm, http://www.members.tripod.com/auspcr/nonviolence.htm, and http://www.aljazeerah.info/Documents/Conference%20on%20Israel,%20Sanctions%20and%20divestment,%20by%20Paul%20Hubers.htm.