Your Heroes are Our Enemies by Damon CorrieTweet
This is why I tell my children ‘THEIR Heroes are OUR enemies” – and this view can be applied to everyone’s perspective yes…BUT – if YOUR heroes left THEIR home on one continent to territories other people still trying to live in THEIR home on other continents…then YOUR heroes are INDEED THE VILLAINS! Until YOU can see where YOUR ancestors were WRONG, there will be no amicable & just resolution of past & continuing (even though you you cannot see it) INJUSTICES on the descendants of the peoples YOUR ancestors first (and most thoroughly) victimized.
Look at the ‘great’ Thomas Jefferson…a hero to the descendants of Europe in the American colonies their ancestors stole with tremendous bloodshed and evil (and have the audacity to call a ‘God blessed country’….if Karma is real – it is in fact a God Cursed country for the evil way it came into existence and STILL perpetuates the dispossession of it’s TRUE landlords):
Here is what your ‘Great’ (Bastard) said and did: “All men are created equal”. A milestone sentence promulgated by Thomas Jefferson, next to George Washington the most famous of the founding fathers. (At least outside the USA.)
A hollow ringing sentence, however, when spoken by a man who might well be conceived as the political father of a tradition that led to Tricky Dicky Nixon (among many others) – when it comes to the tool of the lie in power politricks. Apart from (above mentioned) Christian (fundamentalist) sites and publications it isn’t a secret anymore that both Washington and Jefferson were slave-owners: “Jefferson owned slaves. He did not believe that all were created equal. He was a racist, incapable of rising above the thought of his time and place, and willing to profit from slave labor.” (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/founding-fathers-and-slaveholders-72262393/?no-ist)
Yet what continues to be very well hidden, with “good” reason, is the biblical fury of such founding fathers unleashed against the Aboriginal peoples who were already in loco the heavenly chosen “sweet land of liberty” of the more recently arrived.
“Jefferson believed that if American Indians were made to adopt European-style agriculture and live in European-style towns and villages, then they would quickly “progress” from “savagery” to “civilization” and eventually be equal, in his mind, to white men. As President, Jefferson would try to make these changes a reality.
In the Declaration of Independence Jefferson wrote that the King [George III] had “endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.”
The desire for land raised the stakes of the “civilization program.” [President] Jefferson suggested that if the various Indian nations could be encouraged to purchase goods on credit, they would likely fall into debt, which they could relieve through the sale of lands to the government.” (http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/american-indians)
Jefferson, the Founding Father of the USA, proved himself a grotesque liar again when it came to the Native nations (rights): “Jefferson admired Native “character” and often expressed concern for Native people. Yet, as president from 1801 to 1809, he pursued policies that eroded tribal homelands and cultures, and laid the foundation for the devastating Indian removals of the 1830s.” (http://yeoldeconsciousnessshoppe.com/art263.html)
A Jefferson contemporary on the other side was the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. A leader who tried to resist fraud and ethnocide with peaceful means as long as he could. Before he was eventually forced into armed action by the unwavering advance in God’s will of the sons and executors of the increase and multiply doctrine.
There are decent works on this extraordinary man and his extraordinary confederation plan triggered by the expansion of the fundamentalist “civilized” although these works are not as well-known as (mis-)quotations of the Bible due to the lack of a strong lobby. A documentary film, for example: “We Shall Remain – Second Episode: Tecumseh’s Vision”.
Or a fair article (http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/s/sugden-tecumseh.html): “Within the short space of Tecumseh’s life the Shawnees had lost most of this land. They had been driven west from the Scioto to the Great Miami, then north into central Ohio toward the Maumee, and now their villages occupied scattered sites in Michigan and Louisiana Territories and Ohio. With their land had gone dreams of reunifying their broken tribe on the Ohio, their ancient home, along with much of their importance and independence, and part of their traditional way of life. As far as some Shawnees were concerned, the tribe’s misfortunes could only mean that they had also lost the benevolence of their creator, Waashaa Monetoo. An inexhaustible tide of white settlement was forcing upon them simple but brutal options. Change, and live the American way, or retreat.
Tecumseh’s visit to Chillicothe was itself but one of many protests the Shawnees had registered against the process. He was making a plea for coexistence, one of his last. He wanted the Americans to respect the right of the Indians to live and worship in peace as they wished, free from the interference of United States officials and unfriendly tongues.
A small protest this, two Shawnee voices raised in the courthouse of a growing frontier town, but it was not without significance. For Tecumseh’s patience was being exhausted fast, and in just a few years he and the United States would be on a collision course. Despairing of reconciliation, the Shawnee chief would be orchestrating the most ambitious Indian resistance movement ever mounted against English-speaking peoples in North America.”
The American hero Thomas Jefferson is also a founding father of organized ethnical cleansing. From Tecumseh’s Shawnees, to Wounded Knee both in 1890 and 1973. (For the “historical rest” of US American realpolitik towards Aboriginal Peoples, following fundamentalist Jefferson’s enlightenment, see: Dee Brown, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”.)
Thomas Jefferson facts by Ardaga Widor.
Intro by Damon Gerard Corrie.
Damon Gerard Corrie: Heir to the Hereditary Chieftaincy of the Eagle Clan Lokono-Arawaks of Guyana, and Founder & President of the Pan-Tribal Confederacy of Indigenous Tribal Nations, co-founder and President of the Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization (CADO), CARICOM Commissioner on the Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas (ICCTA), member of the Indigenous Working Group on the Draft Declaration with the Organization of American States (OAS) since 2000, registered participant of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) since 2008, Chief of the Barbados chapter of the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP); and autodidact journalist contributor to LastRealIndians (LRI) International Indigenous Media New site.