Thursday, Jul 02nd, 2020 - 20:37:47

Settler Colonialism

Settler Colonialism & Apartheid Immigration

'Misrepresenting the process of European colonization of North America, making everyone an immigrant, serves to preserve the "official story" of a mostly benign and benevolent USA, and to mask the fact that the pre-US independence settlers, were, well, settlers, colonial setters, just as they were in Africa and India, or the Spanish in Central and South America. The United States was founded as a settler state, and an imperialistic one from its inception ("manifest destiny," of course). The settlers were English, Welsh, Scots, Scots-Irish, and German, not including the huge number of Africans who were not settlers. Another group of Europeans who arrived in the colonies also were not settlers or immigrants: the poor, indentured, convicted, criminalized, kidnapped from the working class (vagabonds and unemployed artificers), as Peter Linebaugh puts it, many of who opted to join indigenous communities. Only beginning in the 1840s, with the influx of millions of Irish Catholics pushed out of Ireland by British policies, did what might be called "immigration" begin.'

The First Thanksgiving

Unsettling Minnesota: Deconstructing the Colonial Mentality

'The most common mistake people make when they talk about racism is to think it is a collection of prejudices and individual acts of discrimination. They do not see that it is a system, a web of interlocking, reinforcing institutions: economic, military, legal, educational, religious, and cultural. As a system, racism affects every aspect of life in a country. By not seeing that racism is systemic, people often personalize or individualize racist acts. For example, they will reduce racist police behavior to “a few bad apples” who need to be removed, rather than seeing it exists in police departments all over the country and is basic to the society. This mistake has real consequences: refusing to see police brutality as part of a system, and that the system needs to be changed, means that the brutality will continue. The need to recognize racism as being systemic is one reason the term White Supremacy has been more useful than the term racism.'

William S. Burroughs - "A Thanksgiving Prayer" (1986)

"Thanks for the Wild Turkey® and
The passenger pigeons, destined
To be shat out through wholesome
American guts.
Thanks for a continent to despoil
And poison.
Thanks for Indians to provide a
Modicum of challenge and
Thanks for vast herds of bison to
Kill and skin leaving the
Carcasses to rot.
Thanks for bounties on wolves
And coyotes.
Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
The bare lies shine through."


Politicide & the Cold War: Non-Violence & Civil Society

'The term genocide was coined by Raphael Lemkin (1944), defined as "a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves." Because the word became indelibly associated with the Nazi Holocaust, it promptly gained wide currency as the standard by which to judge human destructiveness... By excluding many of the worst abuses and crimes of the twentieth century, the requirement of a targeted cultural or ethnic group has arguably been the most controversial aspect of the concept of genocide. To help fill these crucial gaps, Barbara Harff and Ted R. Gurr have argued that the concept of politicide should supplement genocide. Politicide, as Harff and Gurr define it, refers to the killing of groups of people who are targeted not because of shared ethnic or communal traits, but because of "their hierarchical position or political opposition to the regime and dominant groups."'

Rick & Ryan Pitino

Solidarity with Martyr Trayvon Martin at a Minnesota Timber Mall game venue

Trick: "Right, the Wight Lite game... We were exposed to the Spanish Fire, but there was very little defense because just before we started, why, the Gatling guns just opened up at the bottom of the hill, and everybody was completely shredded. "The Gatlings! The Gatlings!" - the Texas Universe City crowd was going nuts and we ran away with the crown. The Gatlings just enchiladed the heads-off those bitches... We’d never have been able to take Kettle Hill if it hadn't been for Tony Parker's Gatling gun."
+ Bethesda Rough Riders vs. Harlem Globetrotters (Putos R&R)

Like a Sir

Time to Change the #Redskins Name - Time to #Abolish_War

"Agent Orange was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by the Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical, in the same manner that 'Zyklon B' (Cyclone B) was produced by the Deutsche Gold-und-Silber Scheideanstalt in the WWII era, i.e. as a touchdown pass, game-winning play call, knock-out punch, and management strategy combined with sales & marketing campaign.... The legal use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) by industrial oligarchs led by Agent Orange against innocent people for private profit, sport, trophy hunting, and self-enrichment is a key element of American fascism in the 21st century, sustained and driven by the plantation value systems of centuries of white settler colonialism, billionaire boy's club, and modern media brainwashing. The Redskins name represents the internal organization and corporate brand of the American genocide, the ethnic cleansing of a continent, and the near extinction of thousands of tribes of indigenous people, each with unique languages, religions, customs, and cultural traditions. The holocaust denial evident by the use of the Redskins logo in American history is directly related to the political forces or belief systems that extend the U.S. military in continued war crimes across the globe, which inevitably include the bigotry and forms of violence particular to the expression of American exceptionalism, including the fetishized trade of human body parts as trophies in Iraq, Buchenwald, Afghanistan, Majdanek, Vietnam, etc."


The Columbus Myth: Settler Colonialism & Genocide

'The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism—the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft. Euro-American colonialism, an aspect of the capitalist economic globalization, had from its beginnings a genocidal tendency... The Columbus myth suggests that from US independence onward, colonial settlers saw themselves as part of a world system of colonization. “Columbia,” the poetic, Latinate name was—and still is—represented by the image of a woman in sculptures and paintings, by institutions such as Columbia University, and by countless place names, including that of the national capital, the District of Columbia, and the Office of the Vice President. Columbus Day is still a U.S. Federal holiday in 2015.'

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