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Censorship - is it alive and well

Updated on September 30, 2008

My View on Censorship


Buffey Sainte Marie, A native Indian American Folk singer was put out of business by the then Government of the US of A, why?

Censorship of Buffey Sainte-Marie - According to Wikipedia

She has claimed that she was blacklisted and that she, along with other Native Americans in the Red Power movements, was put out of business in the 1970s.

"I found out 10 years later, in the 1980s, that [President] Lyndon B. Johnson had been writing letters on White House stationery praising radio stations for suppressing my music," Sainte-Marie said in a 1999 interview with Indian Country Today at Dine' College... "In the 1970s, not only was the protest movement put out of business, but the Native American movement was attacked."

Additionally, she claims that in the United States, her records were disappearing. According to her, thousands of people at concerts wanted records, and although the distributor claimed that the records had been shipped, no one seemed to know where they were.

Said Sainte-Marie, "I was put out of business in the United States."


Is This The Reason and Critism?

So for Karen Ellis and all of those Hubbers with Indian Blood

Now that the buffalo's gone.

Can you remember the times

That you have held your head high

and told all your friends of your Indian claim

Proud good lady and proud good man

Some great great grandfather from Indian blood came

and you feel in your heart for these ones

Oh it's written in books and in song

that we've been mistreated and wronged

Well over and over I hear those same words

from you good lady and you good man

Well listen to me if you care where we stand

and you feel you're a part of these ones

When a war between nations is lost

the loser we know pays the cost

but even when Germany fell to your hands

consider dear lady, consider dear man

you left them their pride and you left them their land

and what have you done to these ones

Has a change come about my dear manor

are you still taking our lands

A treaty forever your senators sign

They do dear lady, they do dear man

and the treaties are broken again and again

and what will you do for these ones

Oh it's all in the past you can say

but it's still going on here today

The governments now want the Navaho land

that of the Inuit and the Cheyenne

It's here and it's now you can help us dear man

Now that the buffalo's gone.

Makes us all stop and think


Censorship - Sate imposed

See results

Some Banned Music

What happens World Over

I was recently reminded about Buffy's music when I read a blog about the North American Indians, on Hubpages.

In my mid teens, we in South Africa heard this song played across both the South African radio, and good old LM radio, and as all aficionados of the coffee bar scene, we often heard this and several other pieces of her music, like Universal Soldier. So when I tried to trace the words for the song,I came across the above little snippet from Wikipedia, our amazing font of new age wisdom.

So it is, with no wonder, that we are always being led, or misguided, by our noble politicians. We are so indoctrinated by their flim-flammery, that we still do not know when the white rabbit will appear from their hats.

So we look at other good things, that we have been misdirected to, to hide us from our sins. The wonders of what we have, and how good we have it, compared to outer-u-name-it.

Where ever we are, now, we are if capable of, learning a great deal more about each other, as well as, what we want to know about everything. It is just a bit strange, that when you find a link to go to on some pertinent subject, or issue, that you come up this:-

new and cunning electronic censorship,



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    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for the comment, yes we may well end up as united eventually.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Glad to have found it for you, The trouble is that it still goes on, as I see in my own country, at the present time. In one form or another.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Great hub, Rodney! So many times it is very easy to see the wrong that is done to America and never consider the wrong done to the Indians in the first place. It is sad that this is still happening and I can only hope that we will learn from past mistakes and continue to heal and grow as a united nation. Thanks for sharing this!


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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      I think in one of the hubs about rhe cheyanne, in a comment made in there, I thinks

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Hi Rodney,

      Yes, I remember Buffy - I remember the 60s and 70s. There will never be a time like that again. As you already know, I'm completely against censorship of books (of any kind of censorship). Rodney, are talking about me - Karen Ellis - and if so, how did you know that I had Naitve American blood (small amount that it is)? Did I tell you that?

      Love the hub.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for the comments, it is through open and uncensored dialoge that we will become the open fair and caring custodians of our planet.

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      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Nice...thought provoking...we are, as you say, all capable of learning more about each very very very much there is to know in this world!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Great Hub..but where I live they are surely taking plenty of prime landback..and leaving tax payers with huge un-paid loans...Deleting our fisheries and taking off the wood sidings we put on their new houses to burn...Killing whales....

      Well at any rate I am not against them...Just the way the stories are never about the cruel way they scalped people..anyway enough from me..I love everyone and being an American I want freedom for all FAIRLY ! ! ! ! !   G-Ma :o) hugs