I’ve heard a saying that the more things change the more they remain the same-seems to be a standard when it comes to the indigenous people not just of this hemisphere but globally.
Often enough the focus is “localized”, people in this country aren’t aware or keep up with the issues beyond the boundaries of North America.
Yet the issues are mirror images reflecting the same struggles, the same attempted land grabs, the same relocation, manipulation, and oppressive policies.
We shouldn’t forget or minimize the fact that the Nazi eugenics programs and concentration camps were modelled after this countries policy regarding indigenous people and the reservation system. That they were not only vocal about adopting the system but complimentary as well.
Their philosophy of a superior Aryan race is little different than the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny.
Some may say the Nazi version was a ramped up edition on steroids as evidenced by the gas chambers-yet as horrific as they were by sheer volume the genocide carried out in this hemisphere is unrivalled.
It’s always been easy to murder, dispossess, and rape the indigenous.
Primarily because the weight of the government, the general population, the military, and corporate interests found it to be expeditious- and who can forget that the so called “church” and “God” were on their side? What better absolution could possibly exist?
The church is revealed now to be a rapacious, repugnant, juggernaut of self interest, greed, and to have an unquenchable thirst for deviant sexual behavior and wealth-that has made it difficult to conduct business as usual and resulted in a new face being presented as the concept of Manifest Destiny with the church being eased out of the equation.
Now it is referred to as “national interest” or “imminent domain”, but the fact remains that you can put antlers on a rabbit and call it a Jackalope yet it is still nothing more than a rabbit in costume.
Brazil is currently waging a war against the Terena,Kayapo, Arara, Munduruku, and Xipaia Indians in attempt to forcibly evict them from their traditional territory to facilitate the construction of the Belo Monte dam in a classic replay of greed versus human rights.
It would be a good thing for all to familiarize themselves with the plight of the indigenous people of Brazil, Peru, and throughout South America and do what they can to assist-even if only signing a petition.
A reality is that we live in a finite world, and the demands and impact on the environment and resources increases geometrically with the growth of human population-it is this growth and demand that fuels environmental destruction, corporate greed, and governmental indifference.
Short of a global change in attitude and demand the threat to indigenous people is only going to increase, but it is a threat that will ultimately impact every living thing on this planet. That should concern everyone.