Somewhere in the width and breadth of this hemisphere as you read this an indigenous child is hungry, maybe cold or being abused-somewhere as you read this an indigenous woman is being raped or otherwise abused, maybe selling herself to support a family or a drug/alcohol addiction, or forced into the sex trade.
Somewhere as you read this one of our children plays with a stick in ragged shoes and clothes for want of anything else to play a child’s game with.
Somewhere as you read this an indigenous man lays in the street covered in his own vomit, drunk and oblivious to the world around him-hopeless and forlorn, and probably no longer giving a damn.
Somewhere as you read this land is being stolen, polluted, or strip mined and clear cut, land that is ours.
Somewhere in this land, this hemisphere, governments, corporations, and courts are manuvering behind closed doors to take even more and perpetuate what has already been done.
Somewhere in this land indigenous people are being forcefully relocated, villages razed, and leaders who protest slain.
Somewhere in this land an elder is doing without a meal or a blanket so a little one can have nourishment or be warm.
And likewise somewhere in this land there are those among us are turning a blind eye to pursue their own comforts-they will manipulate statistics, history, the law, and these crushing circumstances to their own end.
The question to ask is which is the greater evil-the circumstances, or those who use them for personal gain, and in doing so contribute to them?
These aren’t problems singular to us-they exist in every corner of the globe-and speak to the gross inequity avarice and greed, power and influence produces.
The same avarice and greed that exists among our version of the one percenters-made all the more egregious by the lies they tell and their attempt to wrap themselves in the blanket of the nations.
They would make us nations composed of cultural latchkey children and the only key they would have us hold is the one they would provide.
They view us as a resource to exploit-an implement to utilize- a personal service to avail themselves of, nations and traditions to embezzle and defraud.
They should add the letters o-f-f to their names-as in Madoff and Abramoff, or in
the least twist their ankles so we will know them in their coming and going by their limping.
In the very existence of such things as this a war exists-a war for the heart of the nations-and silence itself becomes a crime.
A shout out to stonefeather for sending the photo.