October 08, 2022
Burning the Papal Bulls, Not Just Symbolically
Every year at this time, while the U.S. celebrates Columbus’/
Discoverers’/Indigenous Peoples’… Day, we ask people to hold a ceremony called, The Burning of the Papal Bulls, to reject colonialism.
The "Papal Bulls” were edicts issued by several Roman Catholic popes, that set in motion 600 years of colonialism, the forceful spread of western civilization, religion and culture, often resulting in atrocities against native peoples. This included the violent taking of lands (even whole continents), displacement, genocide, the rampant plundering of resources, and wanton environmental destruction.
Today, colonial attitudes and practices still dominate the world’s culture, economy, and politics. Like it or not, colonial doctrines continue to drive the mechanisms of global society. Much of today’s civil unrest is pushback against the tyranny of nearly 600 years of colonialism.
In December 2020, the United Nations (a club consisting of colonial countries and their former colonies) issued a declaration for 2021-2030 as the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. Wow! Sounds great! The UN says it wants to eradicate colonialism! But wait! What’s this? Fourth decade? What happened in the first three decades? Sadly, nothing!
Like the infamous 1993 U.S. Apology for the taking of Hawaii, the previous three UN declarations to end colonialism, ended up as just lip service.
However… this time… something is stirring. Last year, 2021 the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution A/48/7 –titled, “the negative legacies of colonialism on the enjoyment of human rights.” And rather than let it sit on the shelf, just last week, the Council, at the UN’s Palais des Nations, Geneva, conducted a special panel discussion on the matter.
I was there in the main assembly hall for that session. Statements by the member states, experts and civil society were impressive in their unequivocal condemnation of colonialism and its continuing negative effects.
The cry was loud and clear: Colonialism must end!
Coupled with the General Assembly’s Fourth Declaration for the eradication of colonialism, and a recent assertion by the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, this opens the door to jumpstart and seriously overhaul the UN’s broken-down decolonization process.
If this is pushed, it could give a tremendous boost to the many peoples and nations that had fallen by the wayside when freedom was being dispensed. It can also correct the 1959 manipulation of the UN’s decolonization process that made Hawaii and Alaska captive “states” of America.
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
For the latest news and developments about our progress at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, tune in to Free Hawaii News at 6 PM, the first Friday of each month on ʻŌlelo Television, Channel 53.
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