On Thursday, while we celebrate Thanksgiving, Native Americans and supporters will gather in protest to mourn their ancestors, the genocide of their peoples and the theft of their lands.
My point is that settlers = militia = gov’ment = land = money = power..
When we talk about Dr. King’s “triple evils” of Capitalism, Racism, and Militarism…
And so the Irish and Indigenous American connection made for me on this pilgrimage refocused my work and my values. I saw the impact of White-centered colonialism in a wide-lens. And I saw the power of service and allyship in the face of what feels like unending oppression.
So, in the last 2 years I’ve met and known 3 real Native people. They’ve all looked totally different, had totally different experiences but I met all of them in the course of doing this liberation work.
I think, it might just be getting through my big head that Native people are not the caricatures placed in my mind by years of schooling and living in a White supremacist world.
November is Native American Heritage Month and though I pride myself on being knowledgeable about the histories of people of the African Diaspora, I had to be real with myself, there is still so much I don’t know about the histories of my Native American brothers and sisters. Thinking of the importance of this solidarity led me to explore the topic of Black/Native American resistance.