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

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

Haga clic aquí si gustaría leer este artículo en español.

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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Christianity’s Continued Attack on Indigenous/Non-caucasian People- a rant

I usually don’t slam Christians.  I know many people who follow that faith and they are good people.  There are some times, however, that the magnitude of the stupidity reflected by some christian leaders is just too much to be ignored…

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Are you a good witch or a bad witch?~ Segregation in Native American Spirituality

With the recent deaths occurring in an Arizona sweat lodge, three so far, many Indigenous Americans are rabidly repeating the mantras “That’s what you get when you mess with things you have no right to mess with”, “Non-natives have no right to participate, let alone conduct sacred native ceremonies” and “The spirits are clearly expressing their disapproval, when will non-natives learn?”

These are sad, angry and fear filled sentiments with which I do not agree.  They weigh in my heart as I hear my relations repeat them at family events, powwows and even sacred gatherings.  I have shared my feelings before pertaining to the separatist attitudes my relations have regarding our spirituality.  Yet, further understanding compels me to revisit the issue and clarify, albeit to myself, this particular concern.  Although I still do not agree with the segregationist views, I do believe my relations have some very good points and real reasons for concern.  However, I suggest pause and deliberation lest our fears overcome and misguide us.  By clarifying to ourselves exactly what it is that is really important, we can better express our concerns to others without sounding like rabid, bigoted hypocrites.

This is important because no one listens to rabid, bigoted hypocrites except other rabid, bigoted hypocrites and you end up preaching to the choir.

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Van Sertima’s Mummies or The Fruits of Careless Research…

Reply to a Critic

Recently, I received a response to the book review I posted on Ivan Van Sertima’s, They Came Before Columbus.  This person was very passionate about defending the Afrocentric version of alternative history and emailed me an excerpt from his later book, Early America Revisited, in which Van Sertima replies to his critics: scientists, archeologist and professionals from different, but related, fields of study.  I must say that his rebuttals prove quite an interesting read and encouraged me to further research, which I enjoy immensely.  However, I must also say that the additional information just didn’t help Ivan’s case.

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