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  •  Initial contact with Europeans were like this (7+ / 0-)

    after settlements were established perhaps things changed to a different kind of brutality.

    I was very angry when I read about what really happened during the initial encounters/settling of this place.

    Because it was 180 degrees out from what was taught in public school. All of it.

    As a child, even, Columbus was treated like some kind of savior---allowing European rebels to start anew in the Americas, But he was an unequivocal asshole-jerk, that came from a culture that glorified that cruel behavior on their own shores and took great delight on inflicting that cruelty and violence on tribal peoples all over the world. We still reflect that mentality in our corporate culture and our state too.

    I might sometimes be ignorant, but I don't want my (personal) way of life to be rooted in that kind of maliciousness. The only way to change that is to learn better and to teach my children better. I gave them the Young People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. When they are older I will have them read the adult version, among other books and publications.

    I wish that it could have been different for all of us.

    I don't believe that the woman of the Lakota should have to apologize for anything she said. People who detract from an honest dialogue will always look for words that can be twisted.

    I believe that:

    When everything is taken away from a human being, and they are forced into an animal existence, if you fear them, it's because at some level you are acknowledging that wrongs were committed and established, that everything is out of balance.

    The way to alleviate that fear is to do what one can to correct the wrongs, even if it's only in small ways.

    One way to undue the wrong is to actively take steps to restore oppressed peoples' humanity, and their human rights.

    There are many peoples in the US, indigenous and other, that the state and the culture has forcibly dehumanized and deprived of material wealth and power, for the sole intent of genocide in some cases, cheap labor in others. This is unlawful and immoral. Reparations must be made to begin to remedy this, and the damage is so deep, that positive results won't be seen in some cases for generations. Rome wasn't built in a day.

    The problem is, that people in general don't want to acknowledge that. We have a supernaturally short attention span and even less patience and expect to be able to throw a bit of money at any problem with some meaningless platitudes and then wake up the next morning wondering why the world has not be remade anew in our own fantastical imaginings.

    "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

    by GreenMother on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 09:34:23 AM PST

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