National Identity

Ignorance is no excuse to perpetuate a lie. I almost lost my lunch the other day when I heard a white woman refer to herself as “Native American”. After a bit more eavesdropping I quickly realized that this very white woman wasn’t even calling herself Native because maybe her vicious great grandfather may have raped a Native girl and left some “engine” blood in her granny or because of her “dark” cousin who was legally born with a bible in his hand on a “res”. I initially thought that maybe some variation of these two scenarios may have left Beth feeling she had a little “Native-in-her-blood”. No! Not at all. She described herself as Native American because as she explained, “My family has been here since the 1800’s”. I thought about her claim and then recalled the history of the Nativist movement here in the U.S. when White Anglo-Saxons whose descendents came here as puritans and protestants considered themselves “native” as opposed to the Irish and Italians. Non whites were not even considered (Black, Indian, Asian were all considered “colored”) The land we now live upon has been occupied, visited and “civilized” for many thousands of years and just now after a few generations of your ancestor’s slaughter, torture, exploitation and acts of genocide you get all warm and fuzzy inside when you see the British East Indian company flag waving in the wind. You’re now standing in allegiance to the same flag that has been representing invasion, war, imperialism and most of all bloodshed and homicidal violence for the last 500 plus years. This British east Indian company flag just so happens to be a splitting image of your U.S flag and it’s no coincidence the confederate flag closely resembles the current British flag; the bloody red stripes and gunshot stars gleaming.. You get all sappy when you hear the star spangled banner glaring because maybe you don’t want to listen to your ancestor’s drum beat within or acknowledge the screaming whispers of the past. Maybe you can’t connect with the history of what happened to your great grand momma or GREAT great grand daddy…but today here and now all you have to do is look around and see the destruction and degeneration. You have been duped and packaged to accept your nice little tight American USA outfit. They slapped a good ol’ bar code on your rear end and off you go to work for the 1 % mega rich class…and you smile and take it and teach your children to be “proper” and speak with good standard Queen of England English, and work just as hard or even harder as those...

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