Without an individuals people being or having been targets of genocide I don’t believe they can truly understand the impact or influence during or in the aftermath.
They might well shake their heads at the bigotry and insanity that precipitates such things but a difference remains- emotions, residual anger, maybe even hatred and fear are the way of it characterized by a lack of ambivalence – everybody knows where we as nations are coming from.
There are those who say “you lost, get over it, we’re tired of hearing about it”.
Apparently they either don’t care or are aren’t familiar with the unrevised history, bottom line is we’re tired of a lot things and nothing changes if we don’t make ourselves heard.
The Jewish people have said “never again” and in doing so developed into a power to be reckoned with if push comes to shove.
As indigenous people we have said, “never again” as well and mean it with every fiber of our being.
We don’t have to return to our homeland, we never left, we were socially and economically exiled, gulags were created for that express purpose, and while the Jews reclaimed their homeland by force, we attempt to reclaim bits and pieces of ours through the courts.
Historically we haven’t had much standing in the courts, that’s beginning to change as the result of a growing social awareness fueled in large part by the internet, indigenous media sources and outlets that enhance scrutiny from beyond continental boundaries raising global awareness.
A nation has a difficult time now proclaiming themselves to be champions of human rights when knowledge of the violations they commit can traverse the globe in seconds.
Each case we attempt to advance is loaded with what are perceived by the courts and this nation as potential pitfalls – if a favorable judgment is rendered then the concern is it will open others doors that could lead to opening other doors and that isn’t seen as beneficial to maintaining the status quo – in effect it increases accountability.
So it becomes a game of prolonging, dragging it out as long as possible and then offering a monetary settlement and a now shut the hell up and get out of here.
I’m not big on this monetary settlement idea, I believe there are things more important than money, like land, resources, and water rights, but then too often the bird in the hand is worth more than nothing in the bush becomes the better part of wisdom.
It’s a judicial game, a contrived standard that has been set, and each acceptance further entrenches the model.
I’ve been accused of bias when it comes to conservatives – kind of a no brainer to understand when it comes to casting a vote a bias exists, especially among those who boast of voting a straight party ticket.
I think it’s safe to say among the nations finding someone who supports the conservative agenda would be as difficult as flapping your arms and expecting to
become air borne – and there’s ample reason for such a scarcity.
Poverty and the lack of jobs and opportunity that has led to an enforced generational dependency fail to lend themselves to accepting a conservative ideology that would perpetuate more of the same.
We aren’t white, we’re varying shades of brown, or red if you prefer, a fact that hasn’t historically played well with conservatives, so why should we risk jumping from the pot into the frying pan?
Look at the demographics – conservatives don’t score well with hispanics, they don’t score well with blacks, or several other ethnic groups. You think there isn’t a reason for that, it’s mere happenstance?
You think it’s all because we want something for “free”, we want to remain dependent, or is it we don’t want the existing problems we have to contend with to be exacerbated?
There isn’t a damn thing ever “given” to us that has been “free” – there isn’t any amount of “free” that can be construed as adequate compensation for having an entire continent taken from you, the associated cost of lives and culture, nor being herded into gulags and waiting for a few scraps to thrown our way.
Biased? Damn right we are, and I don’t forsee anything altering that short of a complete assimilation, but not so biased as to jump on the Hillary corporate crony bandwagon.
If you want to talk about bias then take a look at the courts, especially the Supreme Court where appointments are made based upon the bias of which party is in power.
A prime example is Clarence Thomas – a former attorney who represented Monsanto for four years and now having voted favorably in every case involving Monsanto to reach the SC his bias is beyond repudiation.
How about the bias that says if you’re white you’re somehow exceptional, when the reality is it isn’t the color of a persons skin or the language they speak that makes anyone exceptional – it’s who they are and what they do that makes them exceptional.
There’s a lot of games going on, currently the biggest game in town is campaign season….truly a caveat emptor moment in time.