Whitewashing the silences created by the conqueror’s history

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The film I share below is from the TED website.  Although I have issue with some of the ideas they propose as well as some of the support they receive, they do have some wonderful presentations that open your eyes to thoughts and ideas you may not have been aware of.  That’s what growth is all about- awareness- ennit?

The following is a presentation that touches on the history of the relationship between the US and the Indigenous people of the land they invaded and conquered, as evidenced by the relationships held with the Lakota.

This is not the history you were taught in school…

Thanksgiving Day: to Thank or not to Thank…

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Every November, on the fourth Thursday of the month, the US celebrates Thanksgiving Day with food, drink, parades and sports.  Families gather together, whether they like each other or not, to eat, drink and be merry.  But this merry-making is not to be found everywhere for the day is not a celebration to many of the original peoples of this land. Continue reading

Why We Should NOT Celebrate Columbus Day

A point by point response to the OSIA.org flyer,Why We Should Celebrate Columbus Day, prepared by: The Order of the Sons of Italy in America in Washington, D.C.  Telephone: 202/547-2900  Web: http://www.osia.org Continue reading

The conquering of the American Hemisphere and Indian Country~Thoughts on Columbus Day 2010

 

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"Spirit of the Frontier" portraying the idea of manifest destiny, the holy duty to expand west in the name of God.

 

The American Indians were defeated because their time was spent arguing amongst themselves instead of uniting to overcome the Europeans.

The Europeans came on a mission.  The American Indians never quite understood “United we stand, divided we fall.”

The conquering of the American Hemisphere and Indian Country is a topic that has come up often in personal discussions, particularly around this time of year.  The comments above are representative of what I commonly hear from non-NdN folk when discussing Thanksgiving Day, Columbus Day, Independence Day or even the “special” status afforded natives when it comes to casinos, taxes and what have you.  It never ceases to amaze me how limited in scope the information is that supports these “enlightened” opinions, and how little people seek to educate themselves beyond that which they have been spoon fed as truth.  But it breaks my heart when the above mentioned opinion is shared by a person claiming native or indigenous identity.  The reason for this is that the above quoted comments are nothing but the parroting of Euro-centric propaganda that has been circulating for centuries.  Misinformation propagated to support manifest destiny, a modern rerun of the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition and right-by-might, rehashed.  It also justifies how and why natives deserve their lot, then and now, by “proving” the inferiority in native thought and action (or lack thereof).  The fact is that there were many elements involved in the conquest of our people, our relations and our lands.   Maybe this opinion, shared above, is not expressed to foster these anti-indigenous thoughts, in NdN or non-NdN, but it is nonetheless the idea conveyed by both the words and the attitudes behind them. Continue reading

Nanas and Beans and Heads, oh my!

Further Afrocentric criticism dissected…

Again, I received a response regarding my thoughts on the topic of Afrocentrism.  These were posted in the comment section of the essay titled They came before Columbus…and what?!? . Because these questions are valid and others may have them as well, I sought to respond via email as well as in essay form.

I read Van Sertima’s books, They came before Columbus and Early America Revisited.  I not only read them, I studied them with a critical mind.  I analyzed them with the desire to believe, but his words just didn’t hold up to scrutiny.  Please notice that my disagreement with Van Sertima is not with regards to the idea of pre-Columbian intercontinental travel. That makes complete sense to me.  Hawaii is about 3,800 miles from Guam and Guam is about 1,500 miles from the Philipines.  The Maori (New Zeland/Aotearoa) have an oral history that links them to Hawai’i and these islands are over 4,000 miles apart.  The indigenous population in these islands have been present for thousands of years before the Europeans even dared travel out of land-sight distance and I’m  sure they didn’t swim there.   Just because scientists don’t believe in ancient man’s intelligence and ingenuity doesn’t mean they didn’t have it; it’s what has brought us to the technological levels we enjoy today. Continue reading

In the spirit of Hatuey

It has come to my attention that my words have caused a flurry of confusion, anger, criticism and gossip regarding the thoughts and feelings I have shared about the UCTP and the behavior of its president, Roberto Borrero.

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“Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin?” Exploring the 2010 US Census

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This year the US will be conducting a new, 10 year, population count and this brings me to the topic of questions 8 & 9 of the Census: the race and ethnicity questions.

We can google and find many a discussion and internet slogan rejecting the label of “Hispanic” or “Latino”.  Folks claim to be neither regardless of Spanish names, surnames, languages spoken or country of origin.  Although many hold a strong conviction with regards to this, my observation has been that few bother to question the basis of this opinion.

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