Ya’ll know I’m all about black power, and will fight to the death for the respect and fair treatment of my people. I’m so enveloped with black culture and black issues that I, sometimes, neglect to even recognize the mistreatment and blatant disregard of other minorities on this land.
While #blacklivesmatter, and will always be a priority of mine to stand up for, I feel it’s also my just due to bring awareness to the historic genocide of our Natives. Yes. The true owners of this land.
I don’t remember ever learning about Native history in grade school. As far as I was concerned, Natives were the savages who made Columbus’ job a little tougher. Boy oh boy, the ignorance you unveil when you take someone else’s word for it. At the end of the day, we know nothing about an entire race of people whom we continue to subconsciously disrespect.
Cowboys and Indians.
Washington Redskins. Kansas City Chiefs. Chicago Blackhawks.
What we cherish and recognize as parts of American heritage deliberately disrespects an entire race of people. The same people driven into concentration camps Indian reservations, which are plagued with alcoholism, depression and erroneous suicidal rates – all of which are completely ignored by the majority.
America has stripped the humanity away from the Natives – Turning their culture into costumes, mascots and tall tales. We know nothing about the trailblazers of the land in which we call “home”, and ignorantly celebrate holidays that serve as nothing more than constant reminders of rape and extermination.
I can’t imagine waking up and seeing blackface spewed across sports jerseys.
As I get older, America’s stripes get brighter, and I find myself becoming less blinded by their bullsh!t.
Slavery Indentured servitude, rape, extermination, racism and theft – What else do you have up your sleeves, AmeriKKKa?