Why and How “Hakuna Matata” May be Reclaimed from Disney

Disney’s move to trademark “Hakuna Matata” entails an unfair restriction of the use of the phrase by its owners. It is theft of cultural property. It is not too different from colonialism. This is cultural imperialism. It is unacceptable and must be resisted.

It is probably a moment to ask not what your society can do for you but what you can do for your society, to paraphrase JFK.

Black Lives Matter

The recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is just another, among dozens of attestations of systemic racism with which America’s social fabric is smudged. Like a cat hunts a mouse, the police, who ironically are supposed to protect and serve everyone, are more often than not an additional menace to black lives. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is dictated by one’s skin color in the US.

The Badgers?… But why?

The badger is a ubiquitous phenomenon in Madison, Wisconsin; the badger bus, the Bucky badger, badger football, badger gymnastics, badgercare, badger cab… the list is so long, we could go on and on and still not be done. The ubiquity of the badger may, and has certainly caused many Madison residents to be oblivious of its origin…