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'Why Do You Indians Always Live in the Past?' - ICTMN.com

adailyriot:

So, I recently took down my Facebook page. About a third of my many friends were Indians from various reservations around me; most of these had never gotten past their GED. The rest were white Mormons and white non-Mormons from Utah. This was an educated group and also a rather vocal one, constantly expressing their opinions on my Facebook wall and debating/arguing with other posters like themselves. The Indians, on the other hand, sent me frequent private messages, jokes and invites to join them for various parties, dinners and events on the rez but rarely posted publicly on my wall, although most of them keenly followed what one of them called the “white discussions.”

One day, one of my Facebook friends ran into me on campus. He asked me, “Why do you always live in the past?” I didn’t pay much attention to his question back then but remembered not arguing with him or his very strong Mormon beliefs about why Indian languages need to die out and the Mormon placement program. The same evening, another friend ran into me when I was riding a horse. She asked me the very same question and she wasn’t Mormon. The same evening, I put up an informal poll on Facebook and, without exception, all whites who responded agreed that I “always lived in the past.” They also seemed rather angry, upset and resentful about it. They said things like, “Get over your past!” I tried to get to the bottom of their resentment by asking questions such as, “But don’t you remember 9/11 every year?” or “Should Jews also forget about their near extermination in concentration camps?”

Their responses, the contradictory feelings they expressed, and the very ambiguity in their responses made me sit up and analyze my posts over the two-year duration of my Facebook. Less than 10 percent of my posts dealt with tribal issues; these were mainly news items neglected by the mainstream media that I didn’t want my Indian friends to miss. Another 5 percent of my posts were announcements of upcoming events like the Circle Dance, a powwow in a town an hour away, an Indian health fair, announcements of language and culture classes, the free medical clinic, personal updates like my adventures in Australia, etc. But the bulk of my posts, over 85%, talked about issues that were of interest to the educated white audience. I talked about game theory, happiness research, genomics, the new MCAT, exchange-traded funds, cancer detection by canines, research by a physicist that showed how racial profiling to limit terror attacks is mathematically flawed, compassion fatigue in physicians, artificial intelligence in medicine, new open courseware by MIT, research on the neurogenics of niceness, and other very contemporary topics. So what really bothered my white friends on Facebook? In my case, in-depth, in-person discussions with my buddies revealed that the 10 percent content that related to news articles from Indian media was what bothered them and led to their distorted perception. Even though over 85 percent of my Facebook content dealt with very contemporary issues, I was perceived as “living in the past.”

Which brings me to the question: Why do we Indians always hear that we live in the past when we don’t? Why are we always told to “get over the past?” The real reason is that Indian discussions serve as an unpleasant reminder to whites that this country is not theirs. Indeed, our very existence serves to reiterate to them that Turtle Island is not their land. Indian news articles from ICTMN and other sources are unpleasant to them because on a subconscious level they realize that they are as much aliens on this land as newly-arrived Arabs or the illegal [undocumented] Mexicans they despise so much. Our stories send home a message to them that their ancestors committed a holocaust against Indians and nearly exterminated us. When we speak about our dying languages, our high rates of diabetes and cancers, alcoholism or the poverty on our reservations, it reiterates to them that this country was built on deceit and lies and their ancestors did something horribly wrong. Our values tell them that their way of life—with the environmental destruction, the divorces, the crime, the wars, deteriorating family values, etc.—is going horribly South. The very fact that you and I are alive and that there are still “full bloods” around undermines the white sense of legitimacy and ownership of America. So my friends, don’t let it bother you when people tell you to “stop living in the past” and to “get over the past.” It is just another of those issues mainstream America needs to get over and resolve in their own minds.



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Billy Crystal’s blackface at the Oscars

thegoddamazon:

javitmyway:

There is this blog that is the second google link for “billy crystal blackface” and it is this woman going on how blacks should not be offended by the blackface skit at the Oscars done by Billy Crystal. Tumblr, you know what to do. BTW I can’t wait for the white opinions to show up.

http://www.chicagonow.com/when-you-put-it-that-way/2012/02/billy-crystals-blackface-controversy-puhleeeease/ 

Teppi is such a racist & she always always plays the “I choose to see through rose colored glasses” routine when she’s challenged. She’s going to play the victim no matter what anyone says to her.

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bb-goose:

therealkiki:

Photograph by Walter Frentzen, Adolf Hitler’s personal photographer. 
Liquidation of Jews in the Minsk ghetto. The event was visited by Heinrich Himmler.
Karl Wolff (to the right of Himmler), explains the story behind this image. Himmler visited the site of mass executions and saw this blond boy. The following dialogue took place:
- Are you a Jew? - Yes. - Both of your parents - are they Jews? - Yes. - Do you have at least one ancestor who was not Jewish? - No. - Then I can not help you. 
The blond child and 99 other inmates were then shot in the head.
(Text translated from Russian; source here)

This is so sick to me, perhaps more so than pictures of mass graves and dead bodies. Because it depicts real, live people, talking and having physical contact. What exactly was said, how did the boy react when he realized that he was dealing with monsters? We’ll never know because they put a bullet in his head. The rest is just conjecture and imagination.
People who are “fascinated by” or fetishize Nazis make me so very, very ill.

bb-goose:

therealkiki:

Photograph by Walter Frentzen, Adolf Hitler’s personal photographer. 

Liquidation of Jews in the Minsk ghetto. The event was visited by Heinrich Himmler.

Karl Wolff (to the right of Himmler), explains the story behind this image. Himmler visited the site of mass executions and saw this blond boy. The following dialogue took place:

- Are you a Jew? 
- Yes. 
- Both of your parents - are they Jews? 
- Yes. 
- Do you have at least one ancestor who was not Jewish? 
- No. 
- Then I can not help you. 

The blond child and 99 other inmates were then shot in the head.

(Text translated from Russian; source here)

This is so sick to me, perhaps more so than pictures of mass graves and dead bodies. Because it depicts real, live people, talking and having physical contact. What exactly was said, how did the boy react when he realized that he was dealing with monsters? We’ll never know because they put a bullet in his head. The rest is just conjecture and imagination.

People who are “fascinated by” or fetishize Nazis make me so very, very ill.

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brandx

Transethnic FTW

nijireiki:

brandx:

Oh, for fuck’s sake.

Apparently a clutch of privileged, delusional bigots have hijacked the term “transethnic,” ensuring that us Class Bastard adoptees and foster kids encounter even MORE dismissal and confusion in public discourse.

“Transethnic,” for those who don’t know, occurs in the context of adoption. For example, a white Jewish child is adopted by non Jews. Or a Saami kid by some other non-indigenous Scandinavians.

These are not transracial adoptions -because if you don’t know that PoC are effectively barred from adopting white children, then STFU already- they are transETHNIC. (Yes, I’m well aware that being Jewish for one does not always entail ethnicity.)

Transethnic can NOT be equated to transracial because of the profound protection that ever holy white privilege affords in the former, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s a prejudice-free walk in the park. No adoption is outside of fairy tales.

Before World War II officially broke out, different humanitarian organizations tried to place Jewish refugee children from Central Europe into Nordic homes. Today we can read about the rank bullshit they encountered through nationally archived correspondences:
“We don’t want Jewish children. Aren’t there any Aryan children?”

Of course nowadays, transethnic adoption runs at full throttle in Scandinavia and other rich, Western regions. Sweden in particular also takes the lead in transracial adoption, importing the largest number of adoptees among all Western countries in relation to their own population.

After a pro-Nazi war history and a long tradition of race thinking, self-righteous Sweden after 1945 wanted to be the paradise for human rights, democracy and anti-racism. Another less idealistic motive worth mentioning was the sudden disappearance of adoptable Swedish children during the decade as a result of rapid economic growth and a high participation of women in the labor force, as well as the development of an advanced social welfare system. Even more important is Sweden’s self image as the world’s most democratic country, a self-image recently challenged by the sudden appearance of a vigorous National Socialist movement and racism towards non-Western immigrants including adoptees. Intercountry adoption is in Sweden nothing else but a national project to uphold the country’s self-image.

-Tobias Hubinette

In the case of the Saami, transethnic adoption neatly accomplishes the Nordic status quo’s agenda of cultural genocide in a quiet, cheap and (more importantly) self-aggrandizing manner.

So maybe you can comprehend by now just how much it grinds my gears that some blisteringly ignorant douchebags have now co-opted “transethnic” in their selfish fucking attempt to disavow their complicity in the white supremacist global hegemony and claim that their “souls” aren’t white privileged.

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 It makes me sick to think about it because I’ve met a person in real life who claimed to be transethnic (though they didn’t use that label). When that person was told by multiple people that the idea was incredibly problematic and that they should re-think it— this person’s reaction was really scary. They screamed bloody murder about it until everyone had heard them because they felt like they had been SO wronged. They called us all racist… all of us POCs were being “racist” against a white person because we said that we had a problem with how they claimed to be both Black and Indigenous despite being white “in this life”. No, fuck that. FUCK THESE PEOPLE. THIS SHIT IS DANGEROUS AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. NO TIME AND SPACE FOR ANYONE WHO CLAIMS THIS SHIT.

Co-signed. Thanks a lot, you racist fucks. You just made it 10 times harder for adoptees to be heard in the critical contexts where we are already ignored, because adoption is still outrageously marketed as a progressive, enlightened endeavor, not the paternalistic for-profit BILLION dollar industry that it actually is.

If any of y’all know of any these shitheads, message me so I can block them, record their aliases, and make a list for all the world to see. X

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For the record, I do acknowledge that humans are very very very similar to non-human animals

ladyatheist:

supervegan:

atthiscity-itlookedendless:

girlcalledbob:

faerieeglow:

There are just some things I am not willing to make comparisons of

I agree with you. It’s not that animals aren’t suffering and that it shouldn’t stop, but it’s not anywhere near the same thing as humans butchering humans for entirely meaningless and hateful reasons. That’s the sticking point for me: reason. Yes, the treatment of some animals - not all, by the way - raised for food is appalling, but at least there’s a reason behind it - food - rather than no reason that anyone with a compassionate mind can even begin to understand. Comparing it to hate crimes is like… I don’t even know, I can’t think up a crazy enough example.

Everything has a reason behind it. Mein Kampf is full of Hitler’s political idealogies and rationalizations. Just because an action has a flawed reason behind it, does not validate it, or make it somehow more acceptable.

Slaughter is slaughter, genocide is genocide, innocence is innocence, and compassion is compassion. And it seems as though these have been warped and distorted to suit personal opinions.

^^

By your logic, faeriee: The Holocaust would have been acceptable if the Germans had eaten the Jews, or what?

Maybe you should question why you don’t like those comparisons instead on trying to call out those who do. You don’t seem to know, other than it being a knee-jerk reaction to the mention of something you have been told was unparalleled in it’s cruelty.

You’ll soon find that there is no logical way to object to these comparisons and remain non-speciesist. 

(This post still provides no counter to the arguments brought to you; just another reiteration of your initial post. All you have done is add that you think that it is OK to kill non-human animals for food…)

Did I really just see someone compare eating meat to the fucking HOLOCAUST. On some real shit, what the fuck is wrong with you people?!?! You’re comparing Jewish people to livestock and see no problem with this. What in the ever loving fuck is going on in your brain to make you think that’s ok? For future reference, don’t you EVER do that shit again.

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sinidentidades
anedumacation:

14kgoldnyc:

modus-ponies:

sinidentidades:

One in five young Germans ‘unaware of Auschwitz’
One in five young Germans has no idea that Auschwitz was a Nazi death camp, a poll released Wednesday showed, two days ahead ofHolocaust memorial day.
Although 90 percent of those asked did know it was a concentration camp, the poll for Thursday’s edition of Stern news magazine revealed that Auschwitz meant nothing to 21 percent of 18-29 year olds.
And nearly a third of the 1,002 people questioned last Thursday and Friday for the poll were unaware that Auschwitz was in today’s Poland.
The poll comes ahead of the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945, which Germany has marked since 1996 with official memorial ceremonies for Holocaust victims.
According to a report by independent experts commissioned by the German parliament and published earlier this week, about one in five Germans is latently anti-Semitic.

Pretty fascinating as far as cultural memory goes. 

That’s really fucking depressing. It’s only going to get worse as the last of the survivors—and soon enough, their children—die off over the next decade.
Isn’t this shit important enough to teach in school? 
But then, sometimes I think the only reason U.S. schoolkids are taught about the Civil Rights movement, or even slavery and abolition, is because of the imperitives of Black History Month. 

HOLY SHIT!!
I thought Germany was supposed to be on top of this shit?
Whatever happened to Never Again?

anedumacation:

14kgoldnyc:

modus-ponies:

sinidentidades:

One in five young Germans ‘unaware of Auschwitz’

One in five young Germans has no idea that Auschwitz was a Nazi death camp, a poll released Wednesday showed, two days ahead ofHolocaust memorial day.

Although 90 percent of those asked did know it was a concentration camp, the poll for Thursday’s edition of Stern news magazine revealed that Auschwitz meant nothing to 21 percent of 18-29 year olds.

And nearly a third of the 1,002 people questioned last Thursday and Friday for the poll were unaware that Auschwitz was in today’s Poland.

The poll comes ahead of the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945, which Germany has marked since 1996 with official memorial ceremonies for Holocaust victims.

According to a report by independent experts commissioned by the German parliament and published earlier this week, about one in five Germans is latently anti-Semitic.

Pretty fascinating as far as cultural memory goes. 

That’s really fucking depressing. It’s only going to get worse as the last of the survivors—and soon enough, their children—die off over the next decade.

Isn’t this shit important enough to teach in school? 

But then, sometimes I think the only reason U.S. schoolkids are taught about the Civil Rights movement, or even slavery and abolition, is because of the imperitives of Black History Month. 

HOLY SHIT!!

I thought Germany was supposed to be on top of this shit?

Whatever happened to Never Again?

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triumphwithoutstruggle

Can i just say something?

deliciouskaek:

thisshitisallracist:

triumphandstruggle:

This will probably piss someone off but this ancestry.com commercial pisses me off. 

african american man saying how he knew his family had probably been slaves and acting like victim etc. 

It pisses me off when african americans these days make such a big deal that there great great great great great great even sometimes great grandparents were slaves(alittle dramatic) seriously i understand it was a terrible thing but honestly dont play victim when you were not a slave, not even close. yes people are still racist and there assholes but your not even CLOSE to a slave. 

You don’t see a Jew on there talking about the holocaust and how there great great grandparents were victim to that etc. no people don’t say stuff about that.

Im sorry but it pisses me off, i completely understand how terrible it was but honestly. is this wrong?

Um…yeah…yeah that’s…really wrong actually. 

Um, yeah, that’s pretty damn wrong.

And frankly, yes, I do hear Jewish people talking about the Holocaust, and how terrible it was. I do hear it. And I don’t think that’s a terrible thing, because the Holocaust was fucking horrible.

But why do you think it’s so awful for Black folks to talk about slavery? I bet I know…

[[ Slavery, btw, was also fucking horrible. ]]

What math is this dumb motherfucker doing? Two of my great grandparents were slaves. There is no 15 generation gap between the descendants of black American slaves and slavery. 1865 is not that long ago folks. And that’s before we get into Reconstruction & Jim Crow and the horrors that followed the end of legalized slavery.

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africanabibliophile
africanabibliophile:

1890s Blacks were tortured in German concentration camps in Southwest Africa (now called Namibia) when Adolph Hitler was only a child. Colonial German doctors conducted unspeakable medical experiments on these emaciated helpless Africans decades before such atrocities were ever visited upon the Jews.
Thousands of Africans were massacred. Regrettably, historians neglected to properly register the slaughter—that is, to lift it from the footnote in history that it had been relegated to—until now.
In an attempt to give the incidents their rightful recognition in the historical context of the Holocaust, Dr. Firpo W. Carr has authored a new book entitled, Germany’s Black Holocaust: 1890–1945. In it, he reveals the startling hidden history of Black victims of the Holocaust. The mayhem and carnage date back to the turn of the 20th century, many years before there were ever any other unfortunate victims—Jew or Gentile—of the Holocaust.
Carr conducted three incredibly revealing interviews with: (1) a Black female Holocaust victim; (2) the Black commanding officer who liberated 8,000 Black men from a concentration camp; and (3) an African American medic from the all-Black medical unit that was responsible for retrieving thousands of dead bodies from Dachau. (White medical units were spared the gruesome task.)
“Kay,” the Black female Holocaust survivor, laments: “You cannot possibly comprehend the anger I have in me because of being experimented on in Dachau, and being called ‘nigger girl’ and ‘blacky’ while growing up.”
Testimonials from the Black commanding officer and African American medic are memorialized, for the first time ever, in Carr’s book. The research is based on voluminous documentation, and more.
If you are like most people, you simply have never heard the unbelievable story of Black victims of the Holocaust. You are invited to read about the human spirit’s triump over events that occurred during this horrible piece of hidden history.

africanabibliophile:

1890s Blacks were tortured in German concentration camps in Southwest Africa (now called Namibia) when Adolph Hitler was only a child. Colonial German doctors conducted unspeakable medical experiments on these emaciated helpless Africans decades before such atrocities were ever visited upon the Jews.

Thousands of Africans were massacred. Regrettably, historians neglected to properly register the slaughter—that is, to lift it from the footnote in history that it had been relegated to—until now.

In an attempt to give the incidents their rightful recognition in the historical context of the Holocaust, Dr. Firpo W. Carr has authored a new book entitled, Germany’s Black Holocaust: 1890–1945. In it, he reveals the startling hidden history of Black victims of the Holocaust. The mayhem and carnage date back to the turn of the 20th century, many years before there were ever any other unfortunate victims—Jew or Gentile—of the Holocaust.

Carr conducted three incredibly revealing interviews with: (1) a Black female Holocaust victim; (2) the Black commanding officer who liberated 8,000 Black men from a concentration camp; and (3) an African American medic from the all-Black medical unit that was responsible for retrieving thousands of dead bodies from Dachau. (White medical units were spared the gruesome task.)

“Kay,” the Black female Holocaust survivor, laments: “You cannot possibly comprehend the anger I have in me because of being experimented on in Dachau, and being called ‘nigger girl’ and ‘blacky’ while growing up.”

Testimonials from the Black commanding officer and African American medic are memorialized, for the first time ever, in Carr’s book. The research is based on voluminous documentation, and more.

If you are like most people, you simply have never heard the unbelievable story of Black victims of the Holocaust. You are invited to read about the human spirit’s triump over events that occurred during this horrible piece of hidden history.

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The Mosquee of Paris helped and protected Jewish people from being deported, by creating fake Muslim certificates, during the German Occupation of France.

africando:

I literally just learned it.

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lambda.org

Dumb Things White People Say: The Pink Triangle, or Rosa Winkel

girlsarestrong:

[Trigger Warning for discussion of homophobia, nazism, torture, murder and genocide]

I’m still seeing people who are arguing that the appropriation of the triangle by AVEN isn’t a big deal.

So, a quick history lesson is in order.

[Image may be triggering as it shows…

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