Asheville, NC hardcore act Dead Mothers have released a new song titled “White Squaw.” The track will appear on the band’s upcoming EP, Life Is Poison. You can listen to the song and read what Dead Mothers vocalist Olive Ardizoni had to say about the song below.
Dead Mothers will release Life Is Poison on this summer via Bitter Melody Records.
“White Squaw” is about cultural appropriation under the guise of “new age” spiritualism and unacknowledged privilege.
It’s a comment on how we, as white people, deny our ancestral connection to the genocide of a people by appropriating from their nearly eradicated culture without accounting for the fact that they are still greatly voiceless and marginalized in our current day society. Whether or not we like it, white people are the face of the oppressor.
I chose to call it “White Squaw” (“squaw” being a highly offensive term that was used to diminish native women) in order to call out my fellow white community in a way that demands that they acknowledge the fact that commodifying and appropriating from a culture that is oppressed is just as, or more, damaging than the words that are used to dehumanize them.
I also want to state that I acknowledge that by using the word “squaw”, as a white person, I am crossing a line for the sake of art, in order to invoke thought, and if anyone finds it to be offensive I am more than willing to accept that, apologize, and hold a conversation free of defensiveness.
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