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Genocide,Cultural Extinction & Perspectives From A Stray Dog

Updated on November 14, 2015
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wrenchBiscuit said: "Being born is the most severe form of suicide. Not ending in a moment. But one moment ending for a lifetime."

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.

Raphael Lemkin
Raphael Lemkin

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.

Tecumseh
Tecumseh

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.

Ward Churchill

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.

The Mexica Movement

This website includes videos,essays,poems, and information designed to educate and liberate the Indigenous mind from the debilitating yoke of Colonialism.

A.I.M.

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.

A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies:

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 .

History of the Conquest of Peru

by William Hickling Prescott

The North American Indian, Vol. 1

by Edward S. Curtis

Rethinking Columbus

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years
Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years

This is one of the books banned by the racist Tucson Unified School District in 2010

 

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th Anniversary Edition
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th Anniversary Edition

This is one of the books banned by the racist Tucson Unified School District in 2010

 

A People's History of the United States

© 2015 Ronnie wrenchBiscuit

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I try reading and getting past your current hate. But it is hard. You paint me with the same brush as everyone else. I am your reader and not a hateful dogfaced prick and hater of people and forgettor of the past. But you treat the reader of your work as crap.

      Look up Frank Donald on facebook, the one from Kayenta and ask him if all of us who might read your work are compete jerks. Look up my friend Pauline Littleman out of Flagstaff and ask her if I hated her growing up.

      You treat your readers as hateful people.

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      Yes Dear 19 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I didn't feel any hate at all. And I get it, too. It's as obvious as the nose on your face.

      They want a homogenized, obedient world.

      Oh--not allowed to hate, or feel much of anything.

      Just exist, and try not to make trouble.

      All people have indigenous roots.....mine somewhere in the Vikings and Romuva of Lithuania....but also the Catholic religion of my great Aunt. Passion....joy......LIFE!

      It's homogenized here. And it sucks!

      Look at the colorful dress of other nations....Peru, the Himalayas....and then look at a suit and tie.

      WE have a colorful, wise, DEEP indigenous knowledge right here....and we gloss over it with conformity.

      Blech....it's the Superiority. And the blandness. And the rules. and the stifling of people.

      And you Eric, asked me not to comment on any of your hubs.....what do you call that? Respect?

      Too much defensiveness and meanness here.

      No alternative opinions allowed.....they make sure of that.

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      Bronwyn Joy Ellio 19 months ago

      As a person with Australian Indigenous heritage, I find your hub offensive and complete self pitying, self serving drivel. What a pity that HP have removed the voting feature from hubs.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 19 months ago

      Dear Eric,

      I have approved your comment because it is actually quite fascinating. If you truly did read the whole essay then I thank you for stopping by. But I have several questions I would like to ask:

      • How do I paint you with the same brush Eric. What brush? I don't mean to be offensive but I wasn't thinking about you when I wrote the essay, and so I have no idea what you mean. The essay is about a race of people who are facing extinction. I have no idea what your "broad brush" is all about. Please explain.

      •If you re-read the essay, you will see that I did not refer to you, or anyone else as a dogfaced prick. In fact I have never heard the term before. And since I was not thinking of you , or referring to you in this article, how have I treated you like crap?

      • You have suggested I contact certain people, I assume by several of the names you offered that they are Indigenous. But I do not require, nor am I interested in how you have treated anyone in your lifetime. That is your business, and since I have not questioned your integrity, or your character, I fail to see the point of contacting anyone.

      I am amazed that you would be angry about someone pointing out a problem that has, and that continues to adversely affect millions of Human Beings; a problem that continues to diminish the lives of millions of Human Beings. It has never been popular in America to defend the rights, and the forward motion of Native people, unless of course they are moving in a European direction; away from their heritage and their true identity.

      If you want to accuse me of hate then I am honored. I will stand before the world and proclaim that I hate evil. I will stand before the world and proclaim that I hate men who perpetrate evil. I will climb to the top of the highest mountain and proclaim that I despise the man who is an apologist for evil. And above all, I hate the possibility that in the not so distant future, the program of genocide that began in 1492 will be complete, and the Indigenous of this continent will be no more. Those who are still living will all be European on the inside.

      It is ironic that if I had written an article about saving the wolves from extinction, or the whales, or perhaps a duck-billed platypus, everyone would love me for it, and say that I was filled with great love and compassion for God's creation. But I can tell from your response, as well as the response from my biggest fan in Australia, that many of you do not even know what love is.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 19 months ago

      Bronwyn Joy Ellio ,

      Thank you for your comment! I am curious about your response. In my essay I have identified a serious problem of epic proportion; a problem that spans over 500 years on this continent. Since I have not offered any criticism of your country, although I am aware that Australia was also Colonized, and that the Indigenous of Australia have also suffered beneath the yoke of racist oppression, I did not mention your country in my essay. And so I could not have offended you on that point. Here are my questions for you:

      • What specifically did you find offensive?

      • You speak of self pity. I can only assume that in your understanding, a person who seeks to empower his people, or any people, who have suffered an act of physical genocide; a people who continue to suffer genocide through the extinction of Cultural Identity, is consumed with self pity. If this is true, then it is safe to say that you feel anyone who seeks to shine a light, define a problem , and offer a solution to that problem, is consumed with self pity. This would include every social /civil rights activist who has ever lived! Please explain how you feel I am consumed with self pity.

      • Please explain how my essay is self serving. Anyone who writes for Hubpages knows that you have to get tens of thousands of views in order to make any money here. Furthermore, articles that criticize the status quo are not on everyone's top 10 list, or even in the top 40! People prefer to read about happy things that don't rock the boat, or make them think too much; things that don't remind them that they are living a lie. Consequently, it is safe to say that money is certainly not a consideration here. I would love to hear the reason behind this comment.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 19 months ago

      Thank You lovemychris!

      So far this reminds me of the Meatloaf song" Two Out of Three Ain't Bad". Except in this case, at least so far, it's One out of Three!

      What a revelation. You can save the Whales but don't try to save any people. You obviously got what I was trying to convey. As I said, I have German roots too. I am sure that if I made a disparaging remark about Hitler, I wouldn't be accused of hating all Germans. I want to live in a world where African people act like African people, celebrate their African heritage, and do the things that African people do. Likewise with the Indigenous, likewise with the European, and likewise with everyone else! We can all live together and still be different. Why not? Look at how they've screwed the world up so far with the "New Homogenized World Order".

      I fail to see how someone would construe the truth as hate, or as anti-anything! I don't want everyone in the world to be like me, or to be like you. If that was meant to be, then God would not have created a world of unique races and individuals.It is ironic: Evil politicians who continue to steal money from citizens through taxation, and then use that money for weapons of mass destruction, keep getting elected year after year. But Ronnie wrenchBiscuit has now been demonized for taking a stand against genocide on Hubpages! Good lord! How did these people ever live through the late 1960's? I'm really sorry I missed it.

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      Yes Dear 19 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Reading your first comment ever here, I knew you would be in for some trouble.

      Status-quo MUST be followed on certain issues....psssst: "freedom", it aint!

      But hey--welcome to the Haters Club. "My name is LMC, and I'm a hater" LOL! According to the Hubpages experts: I hate America, Jews and Republicans.

      Since I'm against brutal occupations, don't believe the 9/11 fairy-tale, and am sick of the death-grip of the far right portion of our gvt., they claim the right to tell me how I feel, and degrade accordingly.

      I don't know if you have met the really extreme ones.....my god--it's just vicious in its attacks! You can feel the spittle flying from the venom in their words!

      But mostly--they get you shut up and silenced...so their side has free reign to hate those like you and me--and others.

      Oh oh...sorry: THEY don't hate.

      I'm with you on this issue, and I remember long ago hearing a radio show about how we are losing all our native languages here...and it's a tragedy!

      I mean.....my dad was embarrassed by his father, who only spoke Lithuanian.....but I read that some consider it the oldest language on Earth...think how much others could have learned here from my grandfather!

      Same goes for the indigenous languages, customs, heritage...for it IS our heritage!

      Personally---I think it will return when we need it most...otherwise, we won't survive.

      The Rainbow Warriors.....time is coming, I imagine.

      "We're in that time now. We're between the first light of a new day and sunrise. The sunrise is about to come and when it comes up everyone is going to see it. But you know how it is in the village, there are a few people that get up early, and there are some that sleep til noon."

      --Lee Brown, 1986. Continental Indigenous Council, Tanana Valley, Fairbanks, Alaska

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      Bronwyn Joy Ellio 19 months ago

      It is your "perception of reality" that is a large part of the problem.

      I don't know about the USA, but in Australia, the majority of us have put the past behind us and are building a better future together.

      It is only a small minority of NON-Indigenous, green, left wing revisionaries and socialist trouble makers, who try to hold back our Indigenous peoples from what we can achieve.

      Using YOUR Indigenous heritage (I assume you ARE Indigenous) to make yourself out to be a victim is your right. Using the Indigenous heritage of others to make them out to be victims is not.

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      CallumCharles 19 months ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      *Claps hands slowly!*

      Very clever - you've written something so shocking that you knew it was bound to stir up such contempt. You did this for one reason - to make money because of the amount of traffic it will give you. You practically admitted it in the comment you made to Bronwyn.

      As for the work itself! I come from Britain - one of the most imperialistic, colonising and dreadful human rights violators in the world during the empire days and before! Namely The slave trade, the raaj, America, Australia, Africa and countless other countries! I can admit that and accept that, however the past crimes and cruelty of a country commited by bad men and women, should not prevent you from coming together and working together in order to avoid a repetition of history! It's true the native Americans were treated dreadfully and still are for that matter, it's rotten how some people treat you. But not everyone thinks like that!

      I can see where you are coming from with this work but many here will lash out with attacks because they are afraid to accept the bad things of the past. America is still a young country and accepting the failings of the past is hard for a young country. Britain is not a young country and we can accept these things more easily than Americans can at the moment. But that does not mean it never will. It just takes time.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wrenchbiscuit, It is good of you to respond at such length and with such passion. Perhaps I misread something. How is it that I as the biological son of an immigrant post WWII, who was a descendant of persecuted Basque people am going to continue genocide? I am in the class that disagree with you and I am of European descent and live in the US. I am of the people you say will: Today we are in the final phase of genocide.

      Isn't it up to the individual Native American to prevent this ongoing genocide?

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 19 months ago

      The answer to your last question is: Yes absolutely! This is not an indictment of the European, or the average American. What's done is done, and the realities of the past are no great revelation. What is important, and what I have focused on here is the Cultural Extinction that continues. Many have missed this fact, and have focused on materialism, occupational education, racial equality, and the accumulation of personal wealth, as a measure of freedom,self-determination, and success. But all of these things cannot save the Indigenous from the Cultural Extinction that is leading to an irreversible conclusion. This aspect of genocide appears overall to be on auto-pilot. Other than helping to raise awareness, there is not much you can do as an individual to reverse the process.

      It is my responsibility as an Indigenous person of mixed race, and the responsibility of Indigenous leaders and organizations to focus attention on this matter; as many already have. Ultimately, it is up to the Indigenous people of this continent, North and South, whether or not they will reverse this genocidal trend. There are many activists who have greatly influenced my thinking, and who understand the importance of what I have presented here. However, there are even more who have been caught up in the ebb and flow of daily life: the struggle to survive and make ends meet.

      Historically, it has been difficult for any oppressed group to concern themselves with the bigger picture, and to focus beyond their immediate concerns of providing for themselves and their families. Of course, world governments have for centuries, exploited this fact as a means to an end. It is not possible for you, or any single individual to stop this runaway rain. Only the solidarity of a collective majority of Indigenous people themselves, will ever be able to reverse the trend.

      It is not my place to tell another man what role he should play, whether concerning this particular issue or any other. It is only important for me to understand my own purpose, and to see about getting things done. These are my words to speak, and if I do not speak them they will never be spoken. And it is no reflection on you if I do not speak them well, nor is it a reflection on you if I do not speak them at all. What a fool believes is like a thief in the night who has captured his imagination; who has supplanted his greater potential with a desire for sultry women,a taste for Rum, and a fondness for every idle moment.

      Just as Don Quixote, I have done many great things, and I have avenged the world. But now, it is important to make better use of what little time I have left.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This continuing genocide is for the indigenous people to prevent. My mixed race household holds strong to customs of our indigenous past from another continent. No people or circumstance will cause us to assimilate away what makes us who we are. I suppose it is the victim card here that you seem to be playing that really is grating.

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      Yes Dear 19 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      *Sigh*......can anybody please tell the difference between people who came here on purpose to make a better life, and those whose lives were demolished to make way for this better life?

      Who's playing victim here?

      You all seem to want sympathy because people are showing out your evil deeds! (not you personally....your ancestors)

      My ancestors were a$$holes!

      Looting and killing, swilling alcohol, raping women....I would never tell someone who was massacred by Vikings to stop playing the victim card.

      Nor do any of you here ever tell Jews to "get over" the Holocaust.

      You pick and choose your victims, just like you pick and choose "Haters"-- those who simply make a point.

      Once again, it comes down to this Superiority Thinking.

      Bad is bad...good is good, it's not who does it that matters!

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 19 months ago

      Dear CallumCharles,

      Thank You for stopping by and for your comments. However, in your opening salvo you commented: "...You did this for one reason - to make money because of the amount of traffic it will give you. You practically admitted it in the comment you made to Bronwyn...". It is presumptuous of you to suggest such a thing, and it only betrays your youth, if you are truly as young as your profile image.

      You proclamation reminds of a man standing outside the fence at Dachau and loudly proclaiming to the Jews inside that they were living in a Konzentrationslager. Of course I want to make money with every song, essay, and poem that I publish online! But anyone can tell you that unless you have the financial resources to promote your original media, you stand a better chance of winning the lottery than making money in this manner.

      I do not have such resources, neither do I have any illusions that I will get lucky. Consequently, what little money I expect to make with the bulk of what I have published is hardly enough motivation to continue. What I am doing here, is in a very real sense an act of suicide. The time I am spending on such pursuits will most likely deliver me to the streets. But there are things I have needed to understand that would have never been revealed otherwise.

      No, you are wrong. If there is only one reason for this article, as you have suggested, then it is because I believe in what has been written here. I have spent a good portion of my life struggling to understand my place, and my purpose in this evil world system. What I have written here reveals my purpose, as does every other essay, song, or poem I have written. My purpose is to produce , whether I am rewarded financially or not. When I am writing , whatever I am writing, I feel closer to God, and it is better than sex, or drugs, or even rock and roll.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 19 months ago

      Bronwyn Joy Ellio ,

      First of all, you are the one that keeps referring to me as a victim. I do not think much about that. But technically speaking, yes I most certainly am. The problem is that you have accepted a perverted form of the definition of "victim" that has been introduced into the common vernacular by racist elements. Being a victim doesn't mean you are powerless, or lack motivation. In the last 16 days I have written 7 essays,3 poems, and produced 2 YouTube videos. The essays I have written have a combined word count of 15,539 words! My online output indicates, and verifies, that I am a very motivated individual. This certainly contradicts the image you have tried to convey with concepts like "self pity" and "victim mentality".

      According to you, anyone who has ever championed human rights, and the betterment of mankind, is consumed with self pity. I have listened to speeches by Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela. I did not get the impression that they were filled with self pity. Nor did they exhibit a "victim mentality". I only got the impression that they were, and are trying to empower the people who have been oppressed. You are suggesting that building a better future means that we should sit idly by and watch an entire race of people be exterminated. Cultural Extinction is a very real problem, not just in the United States, but all over the world. There is much work to be done. But if you prefer spending your time at the shopping mall , then by all means, keep on shopping!

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      CallumCharles 19 months ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Your analogy of the holocaust is distasteful and factually incorrect - it wasn't just Jews that were in Dachau - the inmates consisted of homosexuals, gypsies, Christians, atheists, Jehovah's witnesses, Jews, prisoners of war, political opponents and various other people the Nazis did not like or felt threatened by!

      You have cherry picked my reply to you by concentrating only on the first paragraph of my comments and ignored the rest. That is your perogative! If you intend to provoke a reaction from me you're very misguided and foolish, I will not stoop to that level!

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 19 months ago

      That's funny! First of all I wasn't making an analogy of the holocaust. It was an analogy of your presumptuous remark. Of course, I read your entire comment. It's not a matter of ignoring anything. It's a matter of not having the time, or the inclination to write a 2000 word essay concerning my interpretation of a readers comment! I could have simply initially said "Thank You!" and left it at that. Or, I could have simply deleted your comment without posting.

      Your self importance is legendary. None of my commentary has been intended to be provocative. I could care less if you stoop,rise up, or roll over and shout: Gimmeotchigucchi! But I assure you, this will be your last. From now, to the end of time, you have lost your posting privileges here. Goodbye!

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well wrenchbiscuit you have done well here getting your point across and have raised my awareness. Surely that is a good goal. Not just me. Thank you for this.

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