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The Ouroboros | gniaes`.`seaing...gnihtyreve ni slobmys.symbols in everything...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Thanksgiving: "It Has Never Been About Honoring Native Americans"

Apple pie from home grown apple trees
As a kid I hated school.  I guess it didn't help that I had to endure moving constantly, ending with a different high school every year.  I had this one history teacher who was the dean of the school.  It was one year that my step-grandfather paid for a year at a private school in Waltham, Massachusetts, at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall.  I had been really struggling at Brookline High School.  Anyway, this history teacher bullshitted us with the usual crap about the native Americans.  It was even backed up by a textbook.  I got pissed, called bullshit and walked out of the class.  Now this woman really speaks to my heart.  Too bad I had to wait three decades to hear her wise words.  She is Right on!

I agree that this holiday should be honest about its history, and a time for friends and family to get together and honor each other and souls of the past.  I'm celebrating this year with permanently deleting my facebook account.

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Thanksgiving: "It Has Never Been About Honoring Native Americans"  -link to Democracy Now

As much of the United States prepares to mark Thanksgiving this weekend, many Native Americans will gather in Plymouth to commemorate the 47th National Day of Mourning. This year is dedicated to water protectors at Standing Rock and to the struggle for recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. To discuss this and more, we speak with indigenous historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. She is the author of "An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States" and co-author of "All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans."

Welcome back to Democracy Now!, Roxanne. Could you tell us, as the nation prepares to observe Thanksgiving, a national holiday ostensibly meant to honor Native people, what are your thoughts?

ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ: Well, thank you for having me on the show.

Actually, it’s never been about honoring Native Americans. It’s been about the origin story of the United States, the beginning of genocide, dispossession and constant warfare from that time—actually, from 1607 in Jamestown—until the present. It’s a colonial system that was set up.

There’s a sort of annual calendar for this origin story, beginning with Columbus, October 12. Why celebrate Columbus? It was the onset of colonialism, the slave trade and dispossession of the Native people of the Americas. So, that is celebrated with a federal holiday. That’s followed then by Thanksgiving, which is a completely made-up story to say the Native people welcomed these people who were going to devastate their civilizations, which is simply a lie. And then you go to Presidents’ Days, the Founding Fathers, in February, and celebrate these slaveowners, Indian killers. George Washington headed the Virginia militia for the very purpose of killing Native people on the periphery of the colony, before, you know, when it was still a Virginia colony. And then we have the big day, the fireworks, July 4th, independence, which is probably the most tragic event in world history, because it gave us—it gave the world a genocidal regime under the guise of democracy. And that’s really the—I’m a historian, so that’s the historical context that I think we have to see Thanksgiving in, that it is a part of that mythology that attempts to cover up the real history of the United States.

It actually—when it was introduced as a holiday by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, there was no mention of pilgrims and Native people or food or pumpkins or anything like that. It was simply a day for families to be together and mourn their dead and be grateful for the living. And I think that’s an appropriate holiday, that—how people should enjoy it. But they should take Native Americans and Puritans out of the picture for it to be a legitimate holiday of feast and sharing with family and friends.

So, that’s—you know, the people at Plymouth, I send greetings to them. They have, for many years—I think it’s almost 40 years now—stood up and testified to the lie of Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, the pilgrims. And this is very hard for people to give up. This is the national—nationalism. It’s actually—Americanism is white supremacy and represents negative things. There’s almost no way to reconcile it. It simply has to be deconstructed and faced up to; and, otherwise, there will be no social change that’s meaningful for anyone. for full text -link to Democracy Now
Amy Goodman is on assignment at the Dakota Pipeline Water Protectors situation.  I pray for all of their protection.  Obama should help these people!!!

Now that the worst 'antichrist' in history is getting set up in office (the government has always been the antichrist in my humble opinion) shit's going to get really scary.

May the Universe protect all good entities.

Brutus, Rest in Peace

Click and Clack, our beloved turkeys

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