National Identity

Native Americans. 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 self identifying White woman wasn’t calling herself “Native” because maybe her vicious great grandfather may have raped a Native girl and left some “engine” blood in her granny. I initially thought that maybe some variation of this scenario 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 descendants came here as puritans and protestants considered themselves “Native” as opposed to the Irish and Italians who were then looked at as immigrants. 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. Now after a few generations of European colonization, slaughter, torture, exploitation and acts of genocide both the descendants of oppressors and survivors get all warm and fuzzy inside when seeing the British East Indian company flag waving in the wind. How can you now stand and salute in allegiance to the same flag and the very same anthem which promotes that represents invasion, slavery, colonization, 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.. Perhaps some get all sappy and nostalgic when hearing the star spangled banner because maybe you don’t want to listen to your ancestor’s drum beat within or even acknowledge the last stanza of the anthem which is often omitted. The national anthem boldly whispers the original intentions of this nation. 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 to be a good American. The house, dog and the picket fence…many will even style their hair like their colonizer and even burn their own scalps...

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