INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Nate Scott

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If the founding fathers were alive today, it's obvious that they would hitch their ponies to the All Lives Matter wagon. They were, so to speak, the founding fathers of saying all lives matter, while simultaneously upholding the opposite. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence reads, in part: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The problem is that the founders didn't believe non Caucasians were fully human, and intentional or not, the gendered language they used, accurately reflected their beliefs about the equality of women. It is past time for the people of the United States of America, to stand up to the United States of America, and force it to live up to the eloquent words of the Declaration of Independence; uphold the protections of the constitution, honor its treaties with Native Tribes, and follow international law. It is past time to not only recognize and apologize for the past and present crimes against humanity visited on African Americans and Native Americans, but also to pay reparations. In order for that to happen, we must first educate ourselves on the true history of the United States, not the whitewashed history our educational system teaches. The revisionist history we teach schoolchildren only serves to perpetuate root causes of oppression, which is capitalism, and the divide and conquer ideology of white supremacy, to protect the capitalist class. No citizen should be allowed to remain ignorant to the vast amount of atrocities the U.S. has committed. We should all be aware that we used biological warfare against Natives, in the form of smallpox blankets. We should know that the police dropped a literal bomb on a Philadelphia neighborhood, in an attack on MOVE, a black liberation group. We should all know the horrors Native people endured on the trail of tears, and how we forced their children to cut their hair, abandon their native tongue, and turn their backs in shame of their heritage. The Tuskegee experiments, Black Wall St., the Osage murders, the war on drugs, the intentional wiping out of the buffalo to starve Natives into compliance, redlining, the list goes on... The atrocities are ongoing and too numerous to list, but we should know about them and understand how the history effects the present. White supremacist ideology is the driving factor behind these past and present oppression's, but the empowerment, enrichment, and survival of the capitalist class is the motivation. If we believe that all lives should matter, we must finally understand who it is that has been devaluing human life, and that they also don't care for the environment, or poor people of any race, including poor Caucasians. When we are all able to come to terms with these realities, we may finally be able to join hands as a human family, and take back our government from the Oligarchy. All Power To The People.

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