Genocide,Cultural Extinction & Perspectives From A Stray Dog
There was a stray dog who found his way home. But he was not welcomed there. All that he knew had perished long ago. Those who remained did not know him, nor could they speak his name. But he was happy to be there just the same ; happy to renew his spirit with fond memories; a remembrance that sheltered him from a wuthering north wind, and the dampness of the timothy and the tall grass; fond memories that would never let him die alone.
This song is a belated response to the song "America The Beautiful". I wrote "The Matter With Me" in 2013. Unlike America The Beautiful, this song is a work of non-fiction. Fiction and fantasy can be useful as entertainment, but when taken seriously, what amounts to nothing more than a lie concocted from ignorance and wishful thinking , can prove to be very dangerous. A false interpretation of the historical record has lead an entire nation into a state of terminal denial, and perpetual blindness.
What's The Matter With Me?
People say, "Whats the matter with you, why do you focus on such depressing thoughts? Why can't you leave the past where it belongs: In The Past?" They will continue by explaining that dwelling on injustice,genocide, and the atrocities committed by the European Colonialists only creates division among the races. At face value, such sentiment may seem reasonable. But these are the toughts and ideas of people who consider important social issues in the same manner as one might browse through various magazines at a bookstore.
They will open a page, look at a picture, read a paragrah, put the magazine back in the rack, and then repeat the process from one magazine to the next. All the while they are getting bits and pieces of information, but never the whole story. It appears that the massive volume , and wide varirty of media that is available today has severely diminished the attention span of the average American. Unfortunately ,it is not possible to appreciate the Indigenous struggle with only a fast food mentality.
A Course of Study
Many will become frustrated, and like Rodney King they might exclaim: " Can we all just get along?" A majority cannot understand why we can't just be one big happy Ozzie & Harriet family! But they will never truly understand until they commit to a serious study of the historical record. That study should not just begin with the European Invasion of 1492.
To get a good grasp of the historical record as it applies to the Indigenous struggle here in America, one should proceed from two directions, or perspectives. From a European perspective, the student should at least begin their study with Constantine The Great in the 4th century. From an Indigenous perspective, the student should study the Aztec, Mayan, and Inca empires prior to the invasion, as well as the Mississippian Mound Culture, and nations of the northern hemisphere. . However, the student will find that information concerning Indigenous life during Pre-Columbian times is limited. After getting at least a basic understanding of the two cultures prior to first contact, the student can then continue their study from 1492 to the present. Yes, what I am suggesting can easily turn into a lifetime of research and study. But be of good cheer. For those of you who have become accustomed to eating at McDonalds, I have just revealed how you can get a free steak dinner, every day of the week! At the bottom of the page I have provided useful links to books, articles, and resources that will help Johnny in his Quest.
What Is Genocide?
The Indigenous struggle is not something that should be taken lightly. Many think the struggle ended in South Dakota on December 29, 1890, with the massacre of the Lakota by U.S. government troops at Wounded Knee, but it did not end there. The struggle continues today on several fronts. First and foremost, there is the struggle to stop the genocide against native people on this continent. There is also the struggle to reclaim Native lands, and to force colonialist governments to honor broken treaties.
Before 1944, the term "genocide" did not exist. It refers to violent crimes committed against a certain group, or race of people with the intent to destroy the existence of the group. In 1944, a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) sought to describe Nazi policies of systematic murder, including the destruction of the European Jews. He formed the word "genocide" by combining geno-, from the Greek word for race or tribe, with -cide, derived from the Latin word for killing. On December 9, 1948, due to the efforts of Lemkin, the United Nations approved the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This convention established "genocide” as an international crime, which signatory nations “undertake to prevent and punish.” The convention defined genocide as:
Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
When we look at the above list, we can see that one form of genocide was omitted, although it can be inferred from points (b), and (e). That form of genocide is "cultural extinction". Cultural extinction inflicts irreversible mental harm, as indicated in (b). Furthermore, when children of one group (usually a minority) are distanced from their own culture through the necessity of surviving in a dominant culture; when they are also taught in the public school system a biased, and distorted view of history that is more favorable to the dominant culture, they are in effect "transferred" to the dominant group. They will begin to adopt the customs, lifestyle, and perspective of the dominant group. When we add the fact that the language of the minority has been discouraged and replaced with the language of the dominant group, all things considered, we can clearly see a "transference" from one culture to the other. Over a number of years, a steady erosion of cultural identity can only lead to "Cultural Extinction".
Cultural Extinction = Genocide
A man, or a race of people cannot be defined solely from the physical perspective. The mental aspect, and the identity of a man is far more significant than his physical attributes. A man who has lost his arms and his legs, is essentially the same man. A man who has undergone a heart, or a liver transplant, is also essentially the same man. But when a man is brain dead; when he is no longer conscious of his own identity, or the world around him, in many cases his body can be kept alive, but he is no longer the same man. We can all agree that he is only an empty vessel. It is the same when we consider the destruction of cultural identity.
We cannot say that the Lakota, the Mapuche, the Apache, the Yaqui, the Haudenosuanee, or the Pequot, still exist, simply because they may be walking among us. Many Indigenous people today, in a manner of speaking, are like the living dead! We may recognize the body, and the physical characteristics, but when we observe the lifestyles and the opinions, we will not see the lifestyles of the Mexica. We will not hear the opinions of the Chickasaw, the Arapahoe, or the Shawnee. When the mouth opens and the tongue begins to speak, we will not hear the language of the Lakota, or the Aniyunwiya. Neither will we recognize the perspective, or the dreams of the Hopi, the Seneca, or the Onondaga. What we will recognize are the lifestyles,and the opinions of a European. What we will hear is the language of the European. What we will see is the perspective, and the dreams of a European. There are many words to describe such individuals. We can say that they are an abomination. We can say that they are traitors. We can say that they are victims, we can say that they are Vendidos, and we can say that they are white men trapped in foreign bodies who are desperately trying to get out! But we cannot truthfully say that they are Indigenous people. Such a claim would be far less than half of the truth. Considering such people, the Indigenous man or woman within them has been exterminated. The original has been replaced with something else; something less continental, and more European.
A Bullet To The Head
We must understand that cultural identity is very important, and that Cultural Extinction is as devastating, as lethal, and as permanent as a bullet to the head, or even an atomic bomb! Of course, a majority of Americans take their cultural identity for granted. This is easy to understand since European Americans are surrounded by their own culture. European Americans speak European languages: predominantly English,Spanish,and French. European Americans are taught a revisionist history in their public school system; a history that sanitizes the past and portrays the early European settlers as God-fearing ,good hearted, hard working people; just good ol' boys and gals searchin' for a better life. The part about how it was necessary for them to murder, to remove, and to dispossess the Indigenous in order to have that better life, is usually missing from the narrative. And whenever it is mentioned, it is most likely airbrushed, or included as a foot note.
European culture dominates the media. The definition of beauty is based on the physical characteristics of the European. This is why many so-called "black" models are actually of mixed race, and possess a lighter skin, white facial features, and straight European hair. Many will even dye their hair blonde to make themselves more European, and consequently, more appealing to the mainstream.
European culture permeates our consciousness, and is woven throughout every aspect of American society. Americans celebrate holidays like the 4th of July, and St. Patricks Day. They have erected monuments that glorify, and honor Colonialism; from the Statue of Liberty to Mt.Rushmore. They even celebrate Columbus Day! European culture also dominates religion,philosophy, and politics. Finally, the European concept's of Capitalism, Real Estate, and land ownership have been accepted by the mainstream.
The reader should understand that I am not suggesting that all European culture is bad. That would be ridiculous. I don't see a problem with St. Patricks Day, or a German Beer Festival. Nor do I see a problem with the teachings of Jesus, the writings of Thoreau, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, or the genius of Van Gogh. But I do see a problem when any race, or nationality, celebrates murderers and tyrants by erecting monuments, and by proclaiming holidays in their honor. This is bad for everyone, including the European. But considering the condition of the Indigenous: the constant exposure to all things European, and the ever increasing evaporation of the Indigenous identity, the need for education that can bring about a renewal of Indigenous pride, language, and tradition cannot be overstated.
And so, what might prove harmless to the dominant culture of the European, is extremely toxic to our people. It is not good for any race to turn away from their own identity, culture, and traditions, while embracing the identity of another.
Melting Pot = Genocide
Yes, for the Indigenous, it truly is a struggle. We are literally being destroyed through osmosis. It is next to impossible to separate, and untangle ourselves from all things European. The first wave of genocide involved the physical extermination of the people. This was done through mass murder: through the use of conventional weaponry, or through the use of the biological weapon of smallpox. Today we are in the final phase of genocide. In this phase, what is left of our cultural identity is being eroded, and eliminated from our collective consciousness.
A lot of attention has been given to saving various species of animals from extinction. The valiant efforts of organizations like Greenpeace to stop the killing of Whales comes to mind. Although I am in agreement with such efforts, I am saddened that the preservation of a race of people has not recieved as much attention. America is referred to as the great "melting pot". But this is often misconstrued as a positive direction. The truth is, the non-white races of America are not "melting" into something wonderful and new, as the term implies. For over 500 years, we have been "melting" into a Eurocentric version of our original racial identities. We do not see here in America a mutual cooperation, or a significant combining of the different cultures: African, Indigenous, European, etc.. We only see a biased movement toward all things European. Let it be understood that from the perspective of preserving the Indigenous race, assimilation and miscegenation are the tools of genocide. Good intentions do not matter, as the end result will be the same: an irreversible, and utter annihilation of an entire race of people.
On Shooting The Messenger & Moving Forward
Ironically, I have on occasion been accused of being racist for my views. Initially, I will admit that I was very troubled by such false accusations. It is only human nature to seek acceptance, and to be respected among men. But we cannot in good conscience allow the ignorant, nor the evil men among us, to shape our destiny,or to influence, and fashion the words that proceed from within our hearts. It is absurd to suggest that I hate the European, since I am as much a German, as I am Indigenous, or anything else! My racial identity neither mitigates, or exaggerate's my contempt for the cruelty of men, and the oppression of the people.. Furthermore, a man does not have to "be" a Whale in order to have a desire to save them. It would also be foolish to think that an individual who hate's the whaling industry, and all of those who profit from it, must necessarily hate all of mankind!
What I truly hate is a "very real possibility". It is the possibility that in the not so distant future, the Indigenous people of this continent will have become extinct. Of course, we wil still see the physical manifestations, and most likely the numbers will continue to increase. But if the current genocidal trends continue, before the turn of the 23nd Century, in mind and in spirit, a great race of people will be no more. I do not want to believe in such a world. I do not want to die, knowing that it is coming. I do not want to crawl back into the womb, wake up again, and see it for myself! And so, if you have read my words; if you are someone who lacks an understanding, but is willing to learn, then by all means study the historical record as I have indicated. Pray, and contemplate the world around you. After you have done these things, you will no longer have to ask Ronnie wrenchBiscuit , "What's the matter with you?" Because then you will know: It's Not The Matter With Me.
American author and political activist. He was a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, from 1990 until 2007. The primary focus of his work is on the historical treatment of political dissenters and Native Americans by the United States government. His work features controversial and provocative views, written in a direct,and confrontational style.
This website includes videos,essays,poems, and information designed to educate and liberate the Indigenous mind from the debilitating yoke of Colonialism.
AIM was initially formed to address American Indian sovereignty, treaty issues, spirituality, and leadership, while simultaneously addressing incidents of police harassment and racism against Native Americans forced to move away from reservations and tribal culture by the 1950s-era enforcement of the U.S. federal government-enforced Indian Termination Policies originally created in the 1930s.
Free Ebooks In Various Formats
About these publications:The History of the Conquest of Peru was published in 1847. The North American Indian Vol.1 was published 1907. A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies was published in 1552. All of these books not only attempt to relate the history of the Indigenous in America, but they were all written by Europeans.
Naturally, the reader may notice that the authors may on occasion exhibit a condescending, bigoted tone that is reflective of their era, which is a good indicator of the negative attitudes held by many of their contemporaries.With the exception of the account given by Bartolomé de las Casas, I randomly selected these works simply to provide an example of whats available. As with any historical research, it is good to read biased, as well as unbiased historical accounts, I believe this method often helps to provide a balance, and to bring one closer to the truth.
As I have indicated, A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies is the most important work presented here. This work is important because it exposes the truth about Columbus, and the atrocities committed by the first wave of colonizers.
an account written by the Spanish Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas in 1542 (published in 1552) about the mistreatment of and atrocities committed against the indigenous peoples of the Americas in colonial times .
by William Hickling Prescott
by Edward S. Curtis
This is one of the books banned by the racist Tucson Unified School District in 2010
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
This is one of the books banned by the racist Tucson Unified School District in 2010
A People's History of the United States
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