America- The Bright and Shining Lie.

Well America has taken the mask off and showed the world it’s true face. Get ready for internment camps. Get ready for the wall. German and French elections are coming up next year and nationalist parties are running. White people have responded to the Obama presidency. Wall Street did not collapse and Donald Trump won the nuclear codes. Where will the world turn for resistance to imperialism and racism? What will happen to indigenous sovereignty?  Will there be indigenous sovereignty. Will there be a wall built by Mexico? Will Rudy be the head of homeland security? What will we do? I remember Jon Trudell once told me when the next civil war happens between white people I will go up on a hill and watch from afar. Hope there is a hill to go up on, John. Our ancestors will hopefully guide us to the next safe place. Do we deserve a safe space? Americans don’t realize rich people hate poor people and love money. They are now paying one half of the working class to pray for the end of the  world while they pay the rest to try to save it. I wish I had more wisdom to share but I am just thoughtful and praying for a glimmer of sanity in the world.  Yes the now the world will see America’s dark and sinister side revealed I am afraid.

Will our people have a future in our own land. Will our nations survive?

 

 

 

 

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Standing Rock and the World Series of Racism

How ironic the corporate powers that be attacked the Standing Rock Water Protectors during the world series with the racist Cleveland  franchise. We are calling on all people who can afford to go and are able to travel to the Standing Rock Protest against the North Dakota Access Pipeline to go immediately there to lend support and stand up against the destruction of the sacred water and against the oppressive military force being used there. Please if you can go, do so. They are using pepper spray, bean bags, automatic weapons and have called in police forces from as far away as Indiana.

So if Clyde Bellecourt is still able to go by all means join him and other AIMsters in supporting the Standing Rock Nation and Treaty Rights. This  is a pivotal struggle between the forces of corporate greed and the people. Please support this struggle how ever you can. Call or email all civil rights organizations, environmental organizations, and all native people you know. This is important. At this point Facebook has blocked me from sharing links and posts in the American Indian Movement Facebook page. Coincidence? I do not thinks so. So please listen to your heart and the needs of your family and help out if you can. In the memory of all the ancestors who have fallen please let your voice be heard. Have a rally where you are if you cannot travel to North Dakota. Stop The North Dakota Access pipeline! The government must listen if the corporations won’t. They are showing there is nothing they won’t do for many many years. We have to be strategic now. Call the White House 202-456-1112 and demand Obama stop this violation of civil rights and flagrant abuse of treaty rights. Treaties are in the constitution. They are a trust that has been repeatedly been broken. Let this be the last time.

American Indian Movement Statement Opposing the Canonization of Junipero Sera

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April 5th 2015

AIM Opposes Canonization for Junipero Serra the Father of California’s Mission System

 

Missions of various religions have long been used by European colonizers of Turtle Island as the tip of the spear of conquest and Christianity. From California to New England religions have been used to enslave, deceive, rape, and murder the indigenous people of this land. Nowhere was this more evident than in the California Mission system that was set up with the primary objective of pacifying and subjugating the indigenous population. To this extent, the “North American Martyrs” as the Catholic Church called them, Junipero Serra has been compared to René Goupil the French Jesuit and his 7 companions who attempted to Christianize the Iroquois and the Huron.

The Mission system set up by Serra was both a Catholic Mission  and a military garrison, by the Catholic Church’s own admission. To be clear, Serra’s goals in life were to spread Catholicism to the Native population and enslave them to work the land on the behalf of the Spanish Crown. According to California History, “Men were taken away from their families and hopelessly forced to work for the Franciscans while their wives were raped and abused, and their children were imprisoned.” Measles and other outbreaks attributed to European contact ravaged the indigenous population who lived in and around the Missions. Junipero Serra did the indigenous people no favors. The Mission system was the structure that made the genocide possible.

The American Indian Movement calls for Pope Francis to abandon his efforts to canonize this man who ushered in the demise of indigenous people of California. The American Indian Movement stands alongside AIM Southern California, and all the tribes and nations, and indigenous organizations who have called for the Pope to abandon his plan to grant Sainthood to this man who enslaved, starved, and facilitated the rape and murder so many indigenous people.

If we are to reconcile our differences there has to be admission of the abuse of colonial history. To grant Junipero Serra sainthood would be to not only condone those atrocities listed, but to glorify them and enshrine genocide.

We write this in honor of the tribes of California: The Achumawi tribe,The Atsugewi tribe,The Cahuilla tribe,The Chemehuevi tribe, The Chilula tribe, The Chimariko tribe, The Chumash tribe, The Cocopah tribe, The Ohlone (Costanoan), The Cupeno ,The Diegueno (Kumeyaay), The Esselen ,The Gabrielino (Tongva), The Halchidhoma, The Hupa, The Juaneno, The Karok, The Kashaya, The Kato, The Kawaiisu, The Kitanemuk , The Klamath, The Konkow, The Lassik, The Luiseno, The Maidu, The Mattole, The Miwok, The Modoc, The Mojave, The Mono,  The Nisenan, The Nomlaki, The Nongatl, The Northern Paiute, The Panamint, The Patwin, The Pomo, The Quechan, The Salinan, The Serrano, The Shasta, The Shoshoni, The Sinkyone, The Southern Paiute, The Tataviam, The Tolowa, The Tubatulabal, The Wailaki, The Wappo, The Washoe, The Whilkut, The Wintu, The Wiyot, The Yana and Yahi, The Yokuts, The Yuki, The Yurok and the 300 dialects and cultures of the indigenous nations and people of California throughout history.

The American Indian Movement was founded in 1968, it’s national office is in Minneapolis MN. We stand for the rights of all of the indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere and organize locally around indigenous communities everywhere

Native Lives matter! America’s National Media Ignoring Police Murders of Native People. Our Protests Fall on Deaf Ears!

By Thomas Pearce and  Dave Ortiz,

December 15th 2014
Cases of American Indians being killed by American policeman are well documented. Sitting Bull was killed by police in South Dakota December 15th 1890. Before and after the killing of Sitting Bull the police have been the most  lethal weapon against indigenous people. We also know that even today even Indians like Daniel Tiger a Lakota man in Rapid City South Dakota have defended themselves against police. Daniel was shot after a routine traffic stop ended with two police officers and Daniel Tiger passed on from this world. We all know the problems the police have given our Mohawk brothers and sisters all the way to the East in Canada and New York and there are cases all the way to Tustin California where Paul Quintanar who was Apache Navajo, and Hopi was forced onto a highway trying to flee police and was killed there.

Melissa Goodblanket is the mother of Mah Hi Vist Goodblanket, an 18 year old Cheyenne- Arapaho teen who was murdered by policemen in Custer County in Clinton Oklahoma. He was killed by Custer County deputies on Dec 2013.
 His parents had called emergency services to assist with calming Mah Hi Vist down. 

Mah Hi Vist Goodblanket, was killed by police Dec 21st 2013. His murderers were not indicted. In fact they were given medals.

Mah Hi Vist Goodblanket, was killed by police Dec 21st 2013. His murderers were not indicted. In fact they were given medals.

He had been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Shortly after arriving police officers Chance Avery and Dillon Mach had shot Mah Hi Vist Goodblanket dead in his parents Melissa and Wilbur’s home. “The family was never even questioned or spoken to”. Melissa Goodblanket stated that the State of Oklahoma has completely ignored them or even asked them any questions into the case. Officers Avery and Mach were given “Medals of Honor” for murdering their son. “Public records requests in the case have been ignored”. Says Melissa Goodblanket.

Mah HiVist had travelled to England and France as an ambassador for his people. He had attended Haskell Indian Nations. April 11th would have been his 19th birthday. How did this bright star become dimmed? Racist police? Unjust legal system? After everything that has happened the Goodblankets yearn to stand in solidarity with other Americans in standing up against police brutality. Police brutality against Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and all other cases of police misconduct. Imagine how strong we all could be if we all stood together? It would be one thing if this were the only case against police brutality in the country against an American Indian but in fact it is one of many.

Melissa Goodblanket speaking at protest for her son MahHivist

Melissa Goodblanket speaking at protest for her son MahHivist

From Melissa Goodblanket. “Mah-hi-vist Touching Cloud Goodblanket. Suffered an emotional crisis on Dec 21, 2013. The OSBI did the formal investigation. The State of Oklahoma doesn’t adhere to the Open Information Act when the OSBI is the investigative party and families just like the Goodblankets have no closure with the records being held. This is unknown constitutional and yet another atrocity against citizens. Seems few have the strength and burning desire to face the corruption that is evident and local prosecutors should not have the opportunity to decide the justified or unjustified rule. The law enforcement gangs will only protect their own. So until multitudes of us rise in every state together….and meet in Washington this senseless loss of life will continue. No one is exempt from this happening either.
Mah-hi-vist lived in Clinton Oklahoma….Custer County.”

Protesters marching for Mah HiVist Good Blanket

Protesters marching for Mah HiVist Good Blanket

Lets look at a few more cases in Oklahoma. Christina Tahhahwah Lawton OK. She died after being tasered repeatedly in the Lawton jail. Police have admitted she was tasered. She was jailed Nov 14th 2014 , she died in the hospital Nov 17th. She was originally thrown in jail for trespassing at her grandparents after she threw some milk. Imagine being killed for spilled milk. Hundreds of people showed up to her funeral.

Then there is the case of Benjamin Whiteshield in Clinton Oklahoma. Benjamin was accused of waving a wrench at an officer and was killed for that. Now in this case, Benjamin had a psychiatric disorder. He had been taken to the police station to “assist him with his problems”. He ended up dead. Seems to be a common complaint with Oklahoma Police. People in need of help being shot to death. Officers rewarded.

 

Now to Utah, the case of Corey Kanosh a Paiute descendant who was killed on Oct 12th 2012  by Millard County police in Utah. Kanosh was accused of stealing a car and involved in a high speed chase. He was tasered and allegedly was not rendered into submission, he also ended up dead, when officers shot him to death. It seems officers in pursuit of Indians are unable to subdue them without killing them.

Then New Mexico. It is absolutely brutal! In Albuquerque since 2010, 37 people have been murdered by police. Homeless Indians in the town have been beaten almost to death by local teens and law enforcement has not tried very hard to stop it. The Navajo Nation  created the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, and charged them with investigating crimes against Navajo by police in bordering and nearby towns.It is important to remember that is Albuquerque native people, Latino people, and African Americans protested the shooting of James Boyd a homeless Caucasian man.

26 Tombstones set out to remember the 26 that had been killed by Albuquerque Police since 2010. Now the number is at 37!

26 Tombstones set out to remember the 26 that had been killed by Albuquerque Police since 2010. Now the number is at 37!

Indigenous residents who testified to the Navajo Council investigation into Police incidents told of how when they called police they were ending up in jail. Story after story of Indigenous people having violence done to them.

In New Mexico a Navajo nation tribal delgate witnessed Farmington NM police officer Shawn Scott  wrestling in a parking lot with Clint John of the Dine’ Nation. The officer then got up from wrestling with him on the ground and shot John Clint in the head in front of witnesses including a Navajo Nation Delegate in the parking lot of Walmart!

Then the case in New Mexico of Myles Rough Surface whose family had called police to report that there had been guns fired in the area by white gunmen. State Police in Spencerville NM came to the scene and instead of investigating the white gunmen they shot Myles Roughsurface whose family had called police.

Director of the Navajo Commission Leonard Gorman  stated the purpose of the commission’s public hearing. “We’re aware of the problems of policing in the United States, particularly after Ferguson. What’s important to us is that when Navajos complain to us, it’s common that they don’t want to report problems because of a fear of retaliation. Folks know that no one will respond to their complaints. Cops are a kind of click, a club that protects their own.” He concluded by saying that “the role of the police is supposed to be to protect and serve, but our people tell us that we need to protect ourselves from the police.”

Then we come to the case of a famous incident in Seattle. The case of woodcarver John Williams who was partially deaf and walking down the street carrying a block of wood and a pocketknife of legal length . Officer Ian Birk shot him dead in broad daylight for not responding to demands that he put down the knife. John Williams was partially deaf. It was recently announced that Officer Birk will not be indicted.  Tribe Called Red, the musical group, and others have written songs about him and Indian Country has been speaking out on his case. But there seems to be no justice for First Nations people affected by these brutal police actions.

Nitinah First Nations Woodcarver John Williams killed in Seattle by policeman who was not indicted.

Nitinah First Nations Woodcarver John Williams killed in Seattle by policeman who was not indicted.

I think you can see by all the killings covered in this article, the case of John Williams is for me glaring evidence that this is not just a case of rural cops gone crazy. This case is one of stark reality. This is America’s supposedly most progressive city. The announcement that officer Birk would not be indicted came in the midst of the Seattle left having rallies on behalf of Ferguson. This was right in their own city and what has happened? Native people seem to have no protection from brutal police. Not in New Mexico the state with the largest native population in the continental occupied territory of the United States. Not in Oklahoma, a land of many nations. Not in Utah.

 

Robert Villa was shot by police in front of his family by Tustin police.

Robert Villa was shot by police in front of his family by Tustin police.

Another case where a family called for assistance and ended up with a family member dead was the case of Robert Villa in Tustin California. Villa was of Apache and other indigenous heritage. He was shot by police who had been called to the home to assist in calming a disturbance. He ended up being killed in yet another case where a family called for help and got death instead. Many Latinos of indigenous heritage are treated brutally by police as a common practice.

When  you look at the cases of Latinos with indigenous heritage and indigenous North Americans, you will see that the United States is still at war with indigenous people. In the jails of Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana and most of Indian Country indigenous people are incarcerated at almost 3 times the amount of the white population. There has been civil unrest. There have been lawsuits filed. Many protests have been carried out in Oklahoma. Yet the nation’s media is focused elsewhere. Is it because they are afraid of what will happen if  American Indians, African Americans, Latinos and working class whites rise up against this unjust system? Yes!

Villa's mother speaks at protest of her son Robert by Tustin California Police

Villa’s mother speaks at protest of her son Robert by Tustin California Police

 

Albuquerque protester blocking militarized APD preparing to attack protesters.

Albuquerque protester blocking militarized APD preparing to attack protesters.

I know what you are thinking. “Why didn’t I hear about this before? Ask yourself that question again and think about everything going on. How could there be 37 shootings in an American city and the rest of the world not know about it? How could teargas be used on protesters and the national media not pick it up. It seems America is happy to try to keep the issues White and Black. As long as the issues are White and Black we will all continue to marginalize each other and stand alone.  Imagine if we all got together and stood as one? We would be unbeatable. That is why you haven’t heard of these cases. America is counting on you not hearing about these cases. American Indians have been protesting consistently alongside

Albuquerque drummer at protest

Albuquerque drummer at protest

Ferguson and NYC, indigenous protesters from Louisville to San Francisco to NYC have been marching in protests against police brutality.  . We need the rest of the people in this country fighting for liberation to take up the cry of Mah Hi Vist Goodblanket, of Christina Tahhahwah, of Myles Rough Surface, of Corey Kanosh, of John Williams, Clint John, of  of all of the victims of police brutality in this occupied nation!!

So far Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, and Mark Thompson- Matsimela Mapfumo of Make it Plain Radio on Sirius XM Radio have been among the few that have taken notice of police crimes against American Indians.  . The NATIONAL MEDIA OUTLETS have ignored these cases. Many killings that occurred in Albuquerque were of Native people and Latino’s who had indigenous heritage. Hundreds of people in Albuquerque have been protesting since long before the failure of Missouri prosecutors to indict Darren Wilson, the murderer of Michael Brown. Many might say, “well there were riots in Ferguson”. There was also unrest in Albuquerque.There is unrest in Ferguson. There  is unrest from Oakland to New York. The problem is that police have no Civilian oversight except in a few places. The problem is the drug war. The problem is that America is at war with people of color. They always have been and they always will be.

The national media has ignored this problem long enough. Proving their racism and media bias once again. The questions that are being asked by most of the land are being asked by Indian Country. Why do police departments have to be militarized to keep us safe. Why can’t we have Civilian Police Review Boards? Why can’t we have impartial grand juries to indict police officers when they murder people of color? Why can’t the gap between rich and poor be closed so people can have opportunities to have a decent quality of life. Why can’t there be more American Indian police, more African American police, more Latino police? Why do our prisons have to be filled with people of color? Why don’t we have drug treatment on demand? These are the solutions to the problems with brutal police. They need to be implemented now.

One thing is certain the legacy of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, John Williams, Mah His Vist Good Blanket, John Clint, Christina Tahhahwah, Benjamin Whiteshield, Corey Kanosh, Robert Villa,Paul Quintanar. Myles Rough Surface and all the victims of police brutality are honored when we all stand united together. Because police are not required to report publicly the numbers of people killed by law enforcement we may never be able to find all of them. This article is for all victims of police brutality everywhere.

 

 

 

Apartheid America is Coming! Are You Ready to Resist?!!

by Thomas Pearce

From the beginning of the United States rich white men have brutally imposed slavery, genocide, and dictatorial control over American Indians, African Americans, Latinos and anyone else who they saw as posing a threat to their hegemony. In 1803 Thomas Jefferson proposed the Indian Removal Act. It passed after Andrew Jackson was elected president and the removal of all tribes East of the Mississippi began. During this same time slavery was in full effect. Then the Civil War came because Industrialists in the North wanted to take away the South’s economic competitiveness. In this author’s humble opinion every war this country has ever fought with the exception of World War 2 was fought to dominate poorer nations. Even World War 2 was entered into very late and the United States tried to stay out of it till the very last. So today, what path is the rich-white-multinational-corporate power structure taking this country down?

We know this: the birthrates of people of color are vastly larger than those of white people and this nation is expected to be majority people of color.

The Symbol of White South Afrikan Fascism

The Symbol of White South Afrikan Fascism

CNN reports that “By 2050, minorities will be the majority in America, and the number of residents older than 65 will more than double, according to projections released Thursday by the U.S. Census BureauThe Census Bureau looks at 2000 results and assumptions about future childbearing, mortality rates and migration.Minorities, classified as those of any race other than non-Hispanic, single-race whites, currently constitute about a third of the U.S. population, according to Census figures. But by 2042, they are projected to become the majority, making up more than half the population. By 2050, 54 percent of the population will be minorities.”

What does that mean for the political development of the US? Well Latino’s and African Americans will make up the bulk of that majority. What are white politicians doing to keep control as a result of these facts? The Republican Party is in a race to make friends of people of color and Latinos in particular while at the same time they are moving to take political advantage of their racial majority as quickly as possible.

70% of state legislatures are now controlled by the Republican Party. As they gain control they are redrawing the political districts in such a way and changing laws in such a way that they are currently finding themselves in political control of congress even though the majority of Americans voted for Democrats in the 2012 elections. So how do the Republicans and wealthy white people always end up on top of the food chain politically and economically?

By laying the political groundwork for what will ultimately fruit as an Apartheid government in the United States. What does that look like? It looks brutal, it looks violent, it looks hopeless, and it looks inevitable. We will in my opinion need to build new methods of organizing and new methods of resistance that will cancel out these plans. The majority of people in this hemisphere have indigenous blood in their veins. The real possibility that the majority of people of North America will once again be Indian. Wealthy people have invested a lot of time, wars violence, and political manipulation to be in control. We can expect them to do more of the same in an attempt to keep that control.

What is Apartheid? According to Wikipedia:

South Afrikan Police confronting protesters

South Afrikan Police confronting protesters

  1. Apartheid was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation by the National Party governments, the ruling party from 1948 to 1994, under which the rights, associations, and movements of the majority black inhabitants were curtailed and Afrikaner minority rule was maintained.
    Apartheid was a system of governance that was filled with images like the one to the left. Now think of the images of Ferguson and protests against police brutality that we have seen in recent years. Think of the indigenous and Latino people who have been seen in New Mexico in response to the 37 police shootings that have taken place there in recent years. Not much different. One can expect that these militarized police tactics that have dominated the news recently will be making headlines more and more frequently. Such state sponsored brutality is inevitable, unless a real political strategy can be engaged that answers the following three questions:
    1) How will we wrest control from the corporate dominated Republicans and conservative Democrats who are currently running all aspects of our lives?
    2) How will we win politically in redrawn political districts that basically lock the people out of being stake holders in the system they are devising?
    3)Will we be able to mount a peaceful and credible challenge to the military control this system is willing to employ against it’s own citizens?
    Many of you may be wondering why the Republicans are so angry to see the president make reforms that might allow Latinos and other immigrant groups to participate in the political system. Well isn’t it obvious? They don’t want anymore people of color in the political system. Period. At the same time they say they want to win over Latinos to their social agenda. They are hoping by using abortion, gay rights and a few other issues they can win over more socially conservative Latinos, Haitians, and other immigrant groups.
    So the coming 26 years may look like Ferguson to the tenth power unless they can be stopped. South Africa’s Apartheid government had the participation of right wing paramilitary white extremist organizations. In the US we have the militias. We have seen the Ku Klux Klan and other extremist groups come to Ferguson claiming they were going to help the police keep protesters under control. See how that could snowball?
    We have got to build a new majority in this country that can act strategically and decisively to thwart this current effort. Of course we have seen the Republican controlled legislatures rolling back the right to vote through voter ID laws. So far their strategy is working. We have to be smart and act with integrity to take actions that will make their efforts impossible. It will be a rocky ride and it will not be easy. Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin have all gone “Right to Work”. They are gutting the power of unions. The more power they get the more power they will try to consolidate. Their ultimate goal is control. We have got to work tirelessly to make sure they do not get it.
    The Democratic Party’s last refuge is the presidency. Voter ID laws are being put into place to try to change the equation so that the Republicans can win a national election. If that happens their plan will be complete. The Senate of course is also harder for them to keep control of. Right now they have control of both houses of congress and the Supreme Court. In 2016 will be what is probably the most important election in this country’s illegitimate history. Many claim this is what needs to happen for Americans to get so angry they will finally revolt. I feel this is an irresponsible strategy that people of color will pay the price for.

    Youth in Louisville KY Blocking US 60 to protest police brutality.

    Youth in Louisville KY Blocking US 60 to protest police brutality.

    The good news is that there is a new crop of young people coming of age who are interested in community organizing and who are interested in resisting the fascist tendencies of the Republican extremists. In the last two weeks the Republican congress voted to give Apache Sacred lands to the Rio Tinto mining group in the military expenditure bill. Will the Democrats sign this bill to get  a budget deal worked out? See once again the people who will pay the price for this are the Apache. There is a lot at stake in the next few years and some wrong moves could really hurt a lot of people.

Old White Spoiled Brats Vote to Create Racist Apartheid State in the United States

In KY a group of shadow millionaires called “New Direction” KY pulled together a bunch of cash to take over the state of KY. The Humana Billionaire David Jones Sr spearheaded this effort to take away workers rights. I hope he is happy. KY will stay barefoot pregnant and poor. Are you happy? How much money is enough for you people? M r Jones failed to take over the Kentucky legislature. HE will not give up until he dies first.

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This situation played out across the country.
What’s at stake? More “right to work states”. More regressive laws against the poor. More cuts in food stamps. More attacks on immigrants, more racism, more hatred more cuts in education. Attacks on organized labor. Attacks on indigenous people. Attacks, attacks, attacks. More tea party nonsense. What are white people planning in this country? I am going to tell you.

You see white people, especially white, male, and elderly are scared to death about the coming of a majority of color in the United States. So they have decided to put an Apartheid government in place before the shift in power gets out of their control. What does that mean?
Remember Mandela? Remember South Africa? See in South Africa a 10% white minority put a government in place from conceived of in the 1930s, then from 1948-1994 the white government ruled with an Iron fist over a 90% black population. Are we going to allow white people to do that here? I am not. I will die first.

What will this mean? White gentrified areas walled off with razor wire, security dogs, and white security officers with guns will lord over an impoverished and imprisoned African American, Latino, and Indigenous population that outnumbers them. How are they going to do it?

Look at this last election Nov 4th 2014, look at redistricting that makes it possible for the majority to vote for a party in national elections and yet the Republicans win. Look at Citizen’s United that allows all corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns. Look at the militarization of the police forces. They are getting ready for war. Progressives especially white progressives are just planning to do nothing for people of color. The standard bearers who are supposedly the Democrats? Well they are running ads against people of color, they are running in support of industries that are spending billions against them, they are running anti-immigrant ads even though Latinos supported them and Obama through two elections. Are Democrats for the people who they claim to represent? Of course not.

Can you imagine what this means? For people of color? It means that white people are going to rule as a minority over the rest of us. They will do it with guns, germs, and steel and with the system of governance they are setting up for the future. Democrats and Obama have gone along with the building of a security state apparatus that will be unrivaled by no other force in the world.

As I watch the returns many people seem shocked at voter apathy among the electorate? Latinos watched the president break a promise to move on immigration reform and postpone it till after the election. Who is to blame for that? We watched Democrats like Alison Grimes run an ad vilifying Latinos. We watch candidates demonize African American, Latino, and indigenous people in an effort to cling to power by proving they were just as Republican as the Republicans?

So as we watch a man who clearly was guilty of medicare fraud like Rick Scott get reelected in Florida. We watch as the Republicans set up a machine to control the country with a minority of the population. We now will watch President Obama set up activists opposed to the Keystone Pipeline to be forced into a monumental fight to stop the Republican Senate from ramming it down our throats. We are going to have to fight for what we believe in against these capitalists. They are both Democrats and Republicans and they are in lock step in support of capitalism and a racist white minority control of the country.

I believe President Obama has been the subject of many racist attacks and that is wrong and that should be fought against. At the same time we watched President Obama refuse to do anything for African Americans stating that he was “the American President and not the African American President”. Well the problem with this is all of the wonderful things he has done for corporations while president while doing nothing to help African Americans.

So I guess at the end of the day I just think that we need a game changer. Citizen’s United has crumpled up Democracy and thrown it in the trash. Not that we ever had any democracy. Not since the beginning of America has there ever been democracy for anyone but white people. We need to remember white people were a minority when they got here and they will do anything to maintain their control once they become a minority again. The question is what are you going to do to build a tactical superiority that white people cannot ignore. It seems that elections will not be a path to justice. I think power will have to be taken from them just as they took it from Indigenous people 500 and some odd years ago. Who will take it from them?

At this time I will remind and refer my readers to read my other piece, “The Case for an Indigenous Revolution”. We are the majority in this hemisphere we should refuse to be treated this way we must create a real change in the way they treat us.

White Justice and the Injustice of Color: Cliven Bundy vs Ferguson MO

In the past few months we have all watched two events unfold that highlight to people of color the vast double standard of the way the US government responds to white protest and people of color protests of law enforcement.

Militia Sniper at Bundy Ranch with his gun trained on government agents

Militia Sniper at Bundy Ranch with his gun trained on government agents

 

First we had the Cliven Bundy stand off where militia snipers pointed guns at government agents over unpaid taxes. Angry white men showed up to the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. A ranch I might add that was on disputed Indian Land of the Northern Shoshone.

Cliven Bundy a Mormon activist proclaimed his “God given right to the land”, land that has long belonged to the indigenous people of Nevada, the Paiute and the Northern Shoshone. Masses of militia supporters showed up pointed their rifles at the government and the government literally ran away. It was a bizarre scene and he got away with it. Message? “If you don’t want to pay your taxes you just need an army of angry white men and the government will go away. 2 million dollars is yours if you have enough angry white men to back you up.

Then we go to Ferguson Missouri, and a dead unarmed black teen Michael Brown and the community response to his killing.

Military Response to peaceful protest in Ferguson MO

Military Response to peaceful protest in Ferguson MO

Largely peaceful crowds of protesters have been met with the most militaristic response in recent history. Not one police officer has been killed or even hospitalized. The government response has been overwhelming. Protesters are being gassed. Tanks rolling up the street. Machine guns pointed at peaceful community members trying to respond to state violence. How can the government justify it’s lopsided responses? Are unarmed African Americans more dangerous than hundreds of white militiamen? No. Are African Americans presenting a terrorist threat? No! One has to ask themselves  exactly what the hell is going on in the minds of Eric Holder and Barack Obama to allow such a stark double standard to unfold before our very eyes.

How does the government back down in the face of a handful of angry white men with guns and then crack down on a black community that is unarmed and peacefully protesting? Well it is simple there is a double standard that has been going on in this illegal country since the beginning.

Let’s look at the case of Wounded Knee in 1973, when armed American Indians in their own land stood up and protested. The government came down on the American Indian Movement with armored personnel carriers, helicopters, and automatic weapons. When the Black Panthers entered the California State legislature under Ronald Reagan the state changed their gun laws. There are two standards of justice. One of mutual respect when white people like Cliven Bundy stand up for themselves and the what is happening in Ferguson MO. The cases are legendary the Brown Berets, the MLN of the Puerto Rican Independence movement, The Black Panthers, all crushed under the weight of a militarized law enforcement response to people of color demanding justice.

Police in Ferguson MO point there guns at an unarmed African American,

Police in Ferguson MO point there guns at an unarmed African American,

The truth of it is that American justice is lopsided and certain people have access to justice and certain people do not. White people have it and people of color do not. Case after case in American history shows that white people’s grievances are taken seriously and people of color are trampled under the American flag in the name of Democracy. We do not have the same rights.
We do not have the same gun rights. People of color don’t have access to the 2nd amendment.

In the week of August 11th-16th police in Ferguson Mo repeatedly entered into the community with guns blazing, and armored personnel carriers, tear gas, rubber bullets, and all sorts of nonsense. Repeatedly we heard the excuse. “There were reports that a man had a handgun so police moved in.”

Why didn’t they move in on Cliven Bundy? Why did California change their gun laws after the Panthers exercised their 2nd amendment rights? The answer is clear and we have seen it in the comments of white people in social media over the last weeks. “The police had to do something you couldn’t just have those protesters armed and tearing up the town”. Yet when white people gathered to defend Cliven Bundy who was grazing his cattle on disputed treaty land in Nevada, the feds packed up the truck, gave Bundy his cattle back, and almost apologetically turned tail and ran away. The sad truth is there has been no evidence of armed protesters in Ferguson. Except for the reports that the police are sending informants in to start violence on purpose.
White people wonder why people of color are angry. Think about the facts I have laid out before you. Then think about the fact that a Ferguson MO police officer Darren Wilson pumps hot lead into a retreating Michael Brown from the safety of his car. No charges, no arrest, no perp walk, and in fact, tonight as I write this white people have sold our of t-shirts supporting  officer Darren Wilson and more and more support is coming in from the KKK to right wing websites. White people wonder why people of color are angry? I can’t believe the level of control over the anger that we see that is in the streets of Ferguson in light of all the facts I have just stated.

The picture above says it all. 20 police officers with automatic weapons pointed at an unarmed black man with his hands in the air and white people wonder why the African American residents of Ferguson are so angry. As an American Indian who has watched at least 4 unarmed American Indians gunned down without any charges in recent years. The case of the woodcarver John Williams in Seattle. Deaf, he did not hear officer “Ian Birk” yelling for him to “drop the knife” before he blasted Williams into the next world. NO CHARGES FILED!!!  There are numerous cases of American Indians and Latinos who have been gunned down under the same circumstances that Michael Brown was murdered over the last 3 years. Just like the people of Ferguson we are angry as hell and wish it to stop.

Meanwhile back at the ranch Cliven Bundy is reunited with his cows and so far he has faced zero consequences for his armed standoff with law enforcement. Where is the outrage. He has stolen US Federal resources, he has been living off of Indian land, he threatened federal officers. Any of those things in a community of color would have resulted in a heavy handed response from law enforcement.  We live in two Americas one with white justice and one with no justice for people of color.

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