Another week gone by
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I’ve been seeing references lately to consideration being given to reparations for slavery, and just this morning, something about Bernie Sanders suggesting it needs to be looked into. I have trouble understanding how we can be expected to pay financially for mistakes made by people long dead to other people long dead. We all pay enough as it is with the racism that is rampant in today’s political world, and with all the ill effects of that horrible condition. Besides, if anyone deserves or is in need of reparations, should that not be Native Americans, who were just fine without the white man?
As a Cherokee it seems to me that “reparations” are ongoing in the Indian Nations. They have not helped my people. Many are alcoholic and have no goals or aspirations. We never needed the “white man” (as you say) to save us. We also didn’t own everything before anyone showed up, so the entire “stolen lands” movement seems to be strange. If a conquering force cannot own the land, how could land have been owned prior to conquest?
You either believe in the concept of land ownership or you don’t. If you own land, or say, a country, and you fail to defend it successfully then you have lost the land.
Apply the same concept to relationships. If you date a girl is she forever yours? Then how is land permanently owned forever by someone just because they camped out?
Land ownership is a responsibility. We have added laws but still if you neglect the land or the duties to keep and maintain it then it isn’t yours any more.
It is the ultimate arrogance for anyone to claim that they are capable of restoring another race or people. And how is disparaging the “white man” any less racist than any other race? If you divide people into race and make decisions according to their race, then you are a racist by every definition commonly known to man.
Nevertheless, we have a lot to learn from native peoples. They started to teach us at Standing Rock and I hope they keep it up.
Your entire argument is based on the premise that conquest is morally acceptable, that killing people for land is morally acceptable. Or that if someone owns a piece of property and another person wants to take it by force or eminent domain, that too is acceptable. I don’t buy into your logic, but there are a lot of developers who would be happy to hire you to handle their public relations. Hell, the downtown cabal might even hire you to help conquer Duranguito.
Read “Killers of the Flower Moon.” White folks conspired to murder Osage indians in the 1920s in order to take Osage land where oil had been discovered.
That has to be about the wisest way I have ever heard that point of view stated.
Margo or Leeser?
What’s the difference? One is open about helping the REIT investors and contractors. The other is so ineffective at leading the donor owned city council does what they want anyway.
Usually a Google search for “el paso blogs” turns up this site. Today it wasn’t even in the 2nd page on Google. Neither did searching for “el paso speak” turn up this site. I had to Google “el paso speak blogs” to find it. I know there are ways people manipulate Google’s algorithms to promote or to hide sites. Just saying!