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Thu Nov 27, 2014, 10:57 AM

America’s Founding Myths

11.27.14 ~ Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a longtime activist and the author, most recently, of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Under the crust of that portion of Earth called the United States of America — “from California . . . to the Gulf Stream waters” — are interred the bones, villages, fields, and sacred objects of American Indians. They cry out for their stories to be heard through their descendants who carry the memories of how the country was founded and how it came to be as it is today.

It should not have happened that the great civilizations of the Western Hemisphere, the very evidence of the Western Hemisphere, were wantonly destroyed, the gradual progress of humanity interrupted and set upon a path of greed and destruction. Choices were made that forged that path toward destruction of life itself—the moment in which we now live and die as our planet shrivels, overheated. To learn and know this history is both a necessity and a responsibility to the ancestors and descendants of all parties.

US policies and actions related to indigenous peoples, though often termed “racist” or “discriminatory,” are rarely depicted as what they are: classic cases of imperialism and a particular form of colonialism—settler colonialism. As anthropologist Patrick Wolfe writes, “The question of genocide is never far from discussions of settler colonialism. Land is life — or, at least, land is necessary for life.

The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism — the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft. Those who seek history with an upbeat ending, a history of redemption and reconciliation, may look around and observe that such a conclusion is not visible, not even in utopian dreams of a better society ....

Much more here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/11/americas-founding-myths/


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Thu Nov 27, 2014, 11:22 AM

1. Today, it would be called terrorism n/t

 

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Thu Nov 27, 2014, 11:50 AM

2. What a heritage.

Not only the English, also Dutch, Spanish, French, Swedes and Danes in N. America, Caribbean, Latin America.

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