How do you feel about history repeating itself by the US trying to back out of the promise they made to DACA recipients?
Yet....the American government is blazing around the world, "trying" to help other regions' "peace" processes.....I got to think that those participants see right through their bullshit. They seem willing enough to accept the USA Taxpayers' money and weaponry though
It's infuriating and embarrassing. One of my best friends has a fairly large percentage of native american blood in his ancestry. He rose through the ranks of the company he worked for and got more conservative as he did. He's nearing retirement and is now embracing his heritage and it's causing him some cognitive dissonance with his corporate side. He suggested I read
"An Indigenous People's History of the United States: Revisioning American History" and it was painful. It just made me angry. I'd recommend it if you want to find out what was left out in your American history books.
We've pretty much gone back on every promise since the beginning of this country. The Original Americans continue to be lied to, disregarded, and screwed over. America has been a country of the rich white males, by the rich white males, and for the rich white males since the first boat landed. My ancestors should have put up a wall.
Just the European diseases wiped out millions.
The Native American tribes waged constant war on each other, but it was for horses, status, hunting ground access, to acquire children to adopt to replace ones that were killed, etc.
The Native Americans were unable to grasp the concept of genocide, ownership of land, that someone would promote the destruction of trees, wildlife, pollution of rivers, etc., so made treaties with white men to acquire guns, metal weapons and tools, and, they thought, help with subduing their enemies.
The US government killed many of my distant relatives outright in the Trail of Tears, treaty violations, etc, since I have Native American on both sides of my family, three and six generations back.
I still look Cherokee enough to be regularly invited to pow-wows.
It's sad and pathetic how many of the citizens of this country are so blindly proud and patriotic of a nation that rarely upholds ANY of the treaties we enter into. We only uphold them hen it's in our best interest, then break them on a drop of a dime. No wonder we are laughed at and thought of as arrogant clueless bullies to the international community. Our lack of remembering history is disturbing and I honestly don't understand how any nation could possibly trust our government to keep their word.
I completely agree with the sentiment of your post, but the government is not an entity that can break or even make promises, it is the people that americans elect into the government who make these decisions.
DACA would not even be a discussion if americans voted for the only sane person(woman) running in 2016
I was always very confused learning about this kind of stuff growing up. They told us what happened, but they never said how horrible it was, or how wrong, people shouldn't be treated that way...they didn't say much about how it affected people, beyond hitting the highlights from the history texts... and they never breathed a word about how today's descendants are coping with the injustices done to their ancestors. It freaked me out that we were taught that these awful, tragically unjust things were perpetrated by "our" government, but we had zero discussion about the morality and emotional impact of them. Like if the teacher told us one morning that our classmate's entire family had been brutally murdered last night, and then moved on with the lesson. It bothered me at first. With time and successive lessons over the years, I learned that that's just what history lessons are like, and I got used to it. But I'll never forget the feeling I had, as a little kid, learning about how the Native Americans were summarily destroyed. I still don't get it. I don't know how you can hear about such suffering, such injustice, and not weep in your soul. I might be the oddball.
My late partner was gluten free and we went this route while she was alive. Afterward I thought this was not me and stopped. We had a new bag of an expensive gluten-free flour and I gave it to a friend, who is part Native-American. Later I discovered I did have a problem with gluten and went to him and said "I hate to be an Indian..." then I stopped. Oops, he just looked at me. He returned the bag and I noticed he had written on the back "white-man giver"!!
Very angry. And now even more with the push against DACA. I know it's all about greed which to me is the most disgusting part. Why do people feel the need to have more money or power than anyone else. Why do you need more than you could ever spend. The worse part is we are the invasive ones here.