Can we talk? Good! We discussed the loaded term ‘homestead’ in Homestead Act 2.0 a bit ago and I’m sure you are eagerily awaiting Homestead Act 2.1 coming soon. Really it is. Can you hardly wait?
In the meantime, I’d love your thoughts. If you haven’t, read or re-read the post and give me your take. The post has gotten some attention over at Homegrown Evolution and there is an ongoing discussion in the comments. Discussion is good my friends.
Again – my main goal is having folks think about the terms they use and the loaded historical significance embedded in the term ‘homestead.’ I am in no way criticizing the actual work/activities people are undertaking.
I am calling for a more critical analysis. A more critical race analysis. That makes folks uncomfortable, question and squirm. Like most good deep learning does.
Thoughts? I would love to hear what people think! Has the way you thought about the term changed? Or not?
And if you were to name this movement that is characterized (generally) by growing/preserving food, sustainability, DIY, community, eating locally, etc… what would you call it?
Just added: Inder over at Inder Loves Folk Art has also been thinking about the subject and written a great post! Check it out!