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American Holocaust – The Ongoing Genocide Against The Indigenous

When discussing the treatment of Indigenous People in the “Americas”, it is glaringly obvious that the U.S. government along with a large percentage of the population have a collective amnesia when it comes to the REAL history. We see political candidates speaking about race and only discussing black, white or Hispanic issues as if the Indigenous don’t exist. We see discussions of “reparations” for blacks due to slavery but any suggestion that the Indigenous are entitled to the same is met with silence.

The fact of the matter is that going all the way back to 1493 the illegal “Document of Discovery” was used to commit mass genocide not only in the Americas but elsewhere in the world as well. In this post I am going to share information that shows the U.S. government still has a program in place to not only deny Natives basic human rights but it is also involved in an ongoing program to destroy the people and their culture.

Here’s an excerpt from a previous post of mine to show how the elected leaders of the U.S. have felt about the Indigenous:

As one of Native American descent on both, my mother and father’s sides, I am a bit perplexed that none of the mainstream talking heads NOR the government are addressing the atrocities that the U.S. committed against the Indigenous from the very beginning of this country beginning with how we were thought of by the “framers” of the Constitution.

In this last line of grievances stated against England and King George, it is stated as follows, “He has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.” Not a very nonjudgmental attitude towards the people whose country you stole. “Indians are not even considered human and therefore not entitled to the same rights as others…

Let’s look at some more quotes from U.S. Presidents concerning Native Americans then we will look at some of the atrocities:

Indians and wolves are both beasts of prey, tho’ they differ in shape.”

George Washington

“If ever we are constrained to lift the hatchet against any tribe, we will never lay it down till that tribe is exterminated, or driven beyond the Mississippi… in war, they will kill some of us; we shall destroy them all.”

Thomas Jefferson

“My original convictions upon this subject have been confirmed by the course of events for several years, and experience is every day adding to their strength. That those tribes cannot exist surrounded by our settlements and in continual contact with our citizens is certain. They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear.”

Andrew Jackson

“Ordered that of the Indians and Half-breeds sentenced to be hanged by the military commission, composed of Colonel Crooks, Lt. Colonel Marshall, Captain Grant, Captain Bailey, and Lieutenant Olin, and lately sitting in Minnesota, you cause to be executed on Friday the nineteenth day of December, instant, the following names, to wit… “Text from President Lincoln to General Sibley ordering the execution of American Indians in Minnesota.

Abraham Lincoln

“I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.”

Theodore Roosevelt

And last, but not least, here’s one from the current president –

“We also recommit to supporting tribal self-determination, security, and prosperity for all Native Americans. While we cannot erase the scourges or broken promises of our past, we will move ahead together in writing a new, brighter chapter in our joint history.”

Barack Obama

Why the difference? They take down confederate flags and statues because they deem them offensive to blacks but the Indigenous aren’t given the same respect. Recently a town in New York voted to keep its racist seal as shown below. It was reported this morning that due to national exposure and pressure from multiple organizations including “The Daily Show” that they are now going to change it. A cursory glance is all that is needed to see it as racist.

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On a similar note the ongoing issue of the Washington Redskins mascot has still not been resolved. For most Indigenous the term is akin to the “N” word to African Americans. You can bet that would never be allowed as a mascot, yet again the Indigenous are not respected.

Recently Congress passed a defense bill that had a hidden provision in it to sell off Apache Holy Land to foreign mining interests. How is this not seen by the global community as a violation of human rights?

There is a long history of the government kidnapping children and putting them in “boarding schools”, cutting off their hair, making them learn European-Anglo culture and destroying their own. This hasn’t stopped either. In some states such as South Dakota the government is still forcibly removing children from their families. This environment is also exacerbating the prejudice against Native youth by the law enforcement and juvenile justice communities.

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If there is to be any kind of healing between races in this country the government’s atrocities against Indigenous People must be acknowledged and recognized. Lands that have been stolen and placed into Federal ownership should be returned to the Indigenous before Congress gives away the mineral rights to more Native Lands.

The UN has recently called for an inquiry into the “Doctrine of Discovery” which I feel could lead to a repudiation of the illegal document which will indict many “Colonizing” nations such as the U.S., Spain, France, and England along with The Vatican to make amends to those that they committed mass genocide against and robbed.

This video clip below is a good representation of how the Indigenous were forced off of their lands by unscrupulous capitalists and land barons with the full support of the U.S. government.

The federal land grabs, selling Native lands to foreign interests, allowing white supremacists to occupy federal land that was stolen from Paiutes as is happening in Oregon presently – all of this and more show that the U.S. government still considers Indigenous People to be second class citizens.

If we think of ourselves as a global community there is no way that the treatment of the Indigenous can remain swept under the rug. To refuse to acknowledge the wrongs is to say, “We know, we just don’t care…”

In Lak’ech Ala K’in – I AM Another Your Self

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How Can You Not See It – The Destruction Of American Society

I have been compelled to write this post due to interactions with mostly “baby boomer” generations that seem to be stuck in an old paradigm based upon how they grew up and the benefits that they reaped in that time. It seems as if we come from different worlds and in fact that isn’t far from the truth.

We are going to go over several decades and show how those with money and power have systematically destroyed not only the family unit but also society and the U.S. economy. This was accomplished through numerous means including the “war on drugs”, privatized prisons, Big Pharma, Big Oil, The Military Industrial Complex, inflation, wage freezes and more.

The average American has become nothing more than a commodity. Money is collected for your birth. You pay for doctors, medication and insurance. You get sick and pay for treatments but they withhold the cure. When you die they charge your heirs to put you in the ground.

How Money Has Become Nearly Worthless

What needs to be understood about “money” is that the only thing that matters is what you can buy with it. In this day and age, due to “The Fed”, debt is considered pretty much the same as money so people mortgage their futures for purchases like homes and cars and even the cost of college. Unfortunately most people don’t see the real cost because they are “okay” making payments.

The actual value of your money has been eroded by runaway inflation but due to access to debt those in the middle class erroneously believe they are somehow protected.  A simple comparison of costs and wages from 1938 to 2013 will outline the picture I want to paint for you.

Cost of Living 1938

The cost to buy a new home in 1938 was only around twice the annual average income, now it’s nearly 10 times… Buying a new car in 1938 would have only cost you 1/3 of your annual income, now it’s close to 1.5 times the average annual income. Even though the Middle Class didn’t really start blooming until after the second World War due to purchasing power most households could afford a new home or car.

When we adjust for inflation and look at the numbers you may be shocked at how costs have risen and make the average person rely on financing purchases.

Inflation and Actual Prices

It can easily be seen from the chart above how inflation and lower purchasing power has changed the ability of the average American to enjoy the “American Dream”. Just so you understand how the chart is put together let’s look at what a new home SHOULD cost at $64,597 vs the actual cost at $245,800. This is a large part of the reason it takes two income earners to accomplish what one could do in the 1930s. But for large purchases like homes and cars the average person has to take on large debt.

If college tuition costs has stayed with adjusted inflation attending Harvard would only be around $7,000 per year instead of nearly $55,000 per year. Other Universities have increased comparably which is contributing to the student debt market that is now over a trillion dollars. Share that next time someone tells you to “go to college”.

9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact

I won’t go on beating a dead horse, but keep a watchful eye out. The U.S. Stock Market just had its worst first week of a new year opening since 1928!

As I am writing this, the world markets are plunging

Things are going to get VERY interesting.

Now let’s move on and look at how the “war on drugs” and privatized prisons have helped to destroy the fabric of American Society.

War on Drugs and Excessive Incarceration

Drug War

In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants. Nixon temporarily placed marijuana in Schedule One, the most restrictive category of drugs, pending review by a commission he appointed led by Republican Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer. In 1972, the commission unanimously recommended decriminalizing the possession and distribution of marijuana for personal use. Nixon ignored the report and rejected its recommendations.

Between 1973 and 1977, however, eleven states decriminalized marijuana possession. In January 1977, President Jimmy Carter was inaugurated on a campaign platform that included marijuana decriminalization. In October 1977, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.

Within just a few years, though, the tide had shifted. Proposals to decriminalize marijuana were abandoned as parents became increasingly concerned about high rates of teen marijuana use. Marijuana was ultimately caught up in a broader cultural backlash against the perceived permissiveness of the 1970s.

The 1980s and 90s: Drug Hysteria and Skyrocketing Incarceration Rates

The presidency of Ronald Reagan marked the start of a long period of skyrocketing rates of incarceration, largely thanks to his unprecedented expansion of the drug war. The number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug law offenses increased from 50,000 in 1980 to over 400,000 by 1997.

Public concern about illicit drug use built throughout the 1980s, largely due to media portrayals of people addicted to the smokeable form of cocaine dubbed “crack.” Soon after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, his wife, Nancy Reagan, began a highly-publicized anti-drug campaign, coining the slogan “Just Say No.”

This set the stage for the zero tolerance policies implemented in the mid-to-late 1980s. Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, who believed that “casual drug users should be taken out and shot,” founded the DARE drug education program, which was quickly adopted nationwide despite the lack of evidence of its effectiveness. The increasingly harsh drug policies also blocked the expansion of syringe access programs and other harm reduction policies to reduce the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS.

In the late 1980s, a political hysteria about drugs led to the passage of draconian penalties in Congress and state legislatures that rapidly increased the prison population. In 1985, the proportion of Americans polled who saw drug abuse as the nation’s “number one problem” was just 2-6 percent. The figure grew through the remainder of the 1980s until, in September 1989, it reached a remarkable 64 percent – one of the most intense fixations by the American public on any issue in polling history. Within less than a year, however, the figure plummeted to less than 10 percent, as the media lost interest. The draconian policies enacted during the hysteria remained, however, and continued to result in escalating levels of arrests and incarceration. Read more – Brief History on Drug War

In October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.

US Prison Population

THE PRISON CRISIS