Ran across this on Annie’s fb page and think it should be displayed in as many sites as possible.
The intent isn’t to minimize events such as Sandy Hook, Columbine, or anywhere else but merely to add another perspective- one that speaks to a genocidal mindset directed at indigenous people and perpetrated by the government.
Modern day shooters such as those at Sandy Hook and Columbine have a twisted agenda that may never be understood-usually loners with a history of bizarre behavior-and while the governments deeds and approach to the “Indian problem” certainly can be characterized among other things as bizarre it has been a matter of policy and likewise qualifies as a murderous rampage.
At some point a shift in policy took effect, or perhaps merely an expansion that became known as the reservation system which exists to this day not only within the continental boundaries of the U.S. but elsewhere in such diverse locations as Gitmo.
That may seem a broad statement to some but if they consider that eighty plus prisoners still being held there have been “cleared” and yet remain confined the comparison becomes obvious and valid when you consider many of our people have likewise committed no crimes.
These prisoners may be viewed as “potential” terrorists, not for anything they’ve actually done but as a result of their unlawful detention- I think such was and may be the case with the reservation system and indigenous people in general.
We have been systematically stripped of our birthright, killed, and confined, and at least historically viewed as a potential threat that had to be contained.
An example of this is illustrated by the treatment of Apache “scouts” who in effect joined the military to assist in campaigns against their own people and then found themselves being shipped off to Florida following it’s conclusion.
Our people have fought in every war this nation has been involved in-yet were effectively denied the right to vote until the middle of the twentieth century.
Immigration reform is a current political topic, one no doubt driven in part by demographics being viewed as voting blocs- it is on the surface at least an attempt to integrate those who in one sense of the word are disenfranchised and allow them a level playing field- an act of assimilation.
The reservation system, boarding schools, and the outlawing of various ceremonies have also been an attempt to assimilate by brute force and at the point of gun.
Well and good to honor code talkers, to issue apologies, and stage photo op meetings, but in the midst of this the slaughter that occurred of our children is not be forgotten.
It isn’t a case of that was then and this is now.