Pierce Pioneer

Resist Hate.

One voice, turning into millions participate in march.


On Jan. 21, 2017, an estimated 2.6 million people marched, some in outrage, some in protest. Some marched to express what they saw as an unfair result to the presidential election. Others joined out of concern for how Donald Trump’s policies were going to affect women’s rights, immigration, and Muslim communities.

In the days that followed, Trump picked his advisers and began to lay out policies that came from his campaign promises. People began to see a growing animosity towards certain groups. The Muslim ban and emphasis on illegal immigration only seemed to add fuel to the hostility.

Here on campus, students have expressed uncertainty and fear. Ishmael Rodriguez, a student pursuing general studies, echoed their concerns. “What I see, I don’t agree with the policies. They create distrust and fear. I can see where their fear about being deported is coming from; I’m Puerto Rican and share the same fear.”

When looking at the news feed on any social media outlets, it doesn’t take long to see the growing divide among people. Accusations on Facebook display a definite polarization. If someone voted for Trump, then automatically that person is labeled racist and supports bigotry. On the other hand, in sharing news reports one can be accused of promoting “alternative facts.”

Dennis Escobar, a student pursuing an AA/DTA, sees mainstream media as a contributing factor towards the antagonistic attitudes. “Media seems to be focusing on what’s wrong, what’s dividing us. I see them manipulating the truth to serve their own interests,” he said.

In his opinion, self-interest groups can also add to the division. By focusing only on their agenda they limit the conversation that could be had to find common ground for a solution. “I see a lot of hate and it is not just one way, but they tend to reciprocate,” Escobar said. “A simple conversation won’t be possible until their leaders stop focusing on themselves and start focusing also on others. People need be willing to sit at the table to ask, “Are you okay? What can I do to help?”

Getting involved in the community is a great way to combat the sense of helplessness many feel. Still, it can be difficult to know how to take a stand and resist hate.

One of the newest members to the college, Oneida Blagg, has some ideas to consider. She is the Executive Officer of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Basically what she does is bridge the resources between students and their achievement goals.

She had this advice: “Being informed and being respectful of opposing points of view are the best things. College is learning about academic ideas and how to present them civilly. Talking about controversial things is important. Do you want a good idea to be rejected because of how it was delivered? Talking in angry tones can prevent a conversation towards a solution. Learn how to respond rather than react.”

The global march in January grew from a statement one person made on Facebook, “I think we should march.” News reports and pictures show what could happen if one became thousands, then millions. What can one person do? Apparently quite a lot.
















A Tribe Called Red: Revolutionizing Electronic Music

This Canadian Band embraces their Native Heritage.




Over the past few centuries, news stories regarding Native American or Aboriginal tribes have been usually either been absent or negative. Many people know the Trail of Tears, the smallpox genocide, and recently the Dakota pipeline controversy. Mainstream media covers mostly one side of Native-American culture: pain. That’s why music groups like “A Tribe Called Red” is especially important in contributing positive or inspiring music made for and by First nation people.

A Tribe Called Red consists of band-members, DJ NDN, Bear Witness, and 2oolman, who collaborate on mixing native tribal rhythms with contemporary electronic beats.

This technique unites the young with the old, the modern with the traditional. The finished product becomes a composition of thought-provoking melodies and four-by-four beats.

Their group is infamously known for “Native Puppy love,” a song that debuted on a tampon commercial; “Electric pow-wow drum,” and recently “Burn your village to the ground.” According to Historica Canada, they have collaborated with people like Northern Cree and Angel Haze, who are also native musicians.

A Tribe Called Red is a hit with the youth. Not only do they portray of a modern outlook on First Nation culture, but they also have a political consciousness that resonates with today’s current events.

According to Historica Canada, the group debuted a song called “Woodcarver,” inspired by John T. Williams, who was killed by a Seattle police officer in 2010. Their activism goes further than just music when it comes to cultural appropriation (i.e. Redskins) and discrimination.

Recently, non-native music listeners were seen wearing native headdresses, a huge disrespect to native culture. That’s why this group has a strict rule for music festivals: anyone red-facing or wearing feathered headpieces will not be given admission to the show.

Their music fits perfectly with the times. It is a fresh perspective on native music and electronic music. They have songs that sound like battle anthems and just make people feel pumped and ready to take on the world. They are an example of First Nation people triumphing discrimination and degrading stereotypes. It’s almost like their music is saying “We are still here, and we’re stronger than ever.”

Their albums are on Youtube and Spotify. Their most recent album, “We Are the Halluci Nation” was released in late June. They will also be playing at The Crocodile in Seattle on November 16.

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