Who’s Land Is It?: Answering the Racists

There is a dangerous email going around spouting off racist lies which insult First Nations people.  A friend of mine forwarded it to me.  Here’s the email and my reply.  I added some Bible verses in it, because my friend is a Mennonite Christian (originally anti-war, nowadays, who knows):

**** Comments from a reader in the Globe and Mail. ****

 It’s a short history lesson on natives…. This land does NOT belong to them!

Why do some people keep saying that it does?  Is it because that’s what they want you to believe?  Well then the marketing campaign must be working.

Let’s get this straight…

1. These people’s ancestors did not just appear in North America magically out of thin air one day 50,000 years ago.  They came in waves across the land/ice bridge from Asia.  What’s more these waves in many case were not related groups of people.  They came from various places around North Eastern Asia and were from different genetic strains….in other words the “natives of North America” are not a homogenous group of people and more importantly, they are immigrants too, like millions of immigrants today.

2. The idea that the “natives” were peaceful caretakers of the land or benevolent tenants couldn’t be further from the truth.  The various tribes warred on each other constantly.  They were violent.  Want proof?  Ask the Hurons…oh that’s right you can’t …..  the Iroquois wiped them out.  How about slavery that was rife among the first nation tribes until the Europeans came over and freed the slaves and put an end to this “valued cultural tradition”?  Is slavery peaceful and humane?

3. The idea that we “stole” this land from them is also ridiculous.  A more technologically advanced and numerous culture invaded and conquered.  This is exactly what has been happening since the dawn of humanity all around the globe.  To say we “stole” their lands is just plain wrong.

MY REPLY:

First of all, the e-mail you sent out is Far Right Wing, and extremely biased and false.  I really hope Christians aren’t sending it out to their friends.

On the other hand, this email send-out reveals Evangelical Christians in their true colours: co-opted by the corporations and politicians, serving Mammon and profit motive rather than the Living God.

“1. These people’s ancestors did not just appear in North America magically out of thin air one day 50,000 years ago.  They came in waves across the land/ice bridge from Asia.  “

THE BERING STRAIT THEORY IS UNPROVEN

Sure, the Inuit are probably related to the Russian indigenous peoples.  But that all aboriginals from Baffin Island to Argentina crossed the Bering Strait is unfounded.

Other theories: boats across the Pacific, and break-up of the super-continent “Pangea”.

“What’s more these waves in many case were not related groups of people.  They came from various places around North Eastern Asia and were from different genetic strains….in other words the “natives of North America” are not a homogenous group of people . . . “

True.  Nobody disputes that.

“and more importantly, they are immigrants too, like millions of immigrants today.”

Utter hogwash.  Why did Britain fight off the Spanish in 1586?  Because they didn’t want to be invaded by foreign powers.  Did the British see themselves as “natives”?  Of course.  Does it matter who gets to a place beforehand?  Definitely.

Lumping people who arrived here 10,000 years ago (see below) and your Mennonite or my Norwegian ancestors who came after 1900 is a huge stretch.

Thousands of First Nations artifacts found near Vernon CBC News,  Posted: Oct 6, 2012.  A quote: “Archaeologists near Vernon, B.C., have uncovered thousands of First Nations artifacts — some of which could be more than 6,000 years old — on a stretch of highway in Lake Country.”

“2. The idea that the “natives” were peaceful caretakers of the land or
benevolent tenants couldn’t be further from the truth.  The various tribes warred on each other constantly.  They were violent.  Want proof?  Ask the Hurons…oh that’s right you can’t …..  the Iroquois wiped them out.  How about slavery that was rife among the first nation tribes until the Europeans came over and freed the slaves and put an end to this “valued cultural tradition”?  Is slavery peaceful and humane?”

This is like the US with its nuclear arsenal blaming a prize fighter in the ring for violence.  No comparison.  The entire planet has war.  Europe was probably the worst in the Dark Ages, when they first ventured to the Americas.  The Inquisition.  The Crusades.  Etc. Then the Europeans who came here.  The US Civil War.  The Anti-British War.  The Anglo-French War.  The slaughter of tens of millions of First Nations throughout the Americas.  Then these Right Wing pundits have the guts to blame First Nations for their own wars, with relatively few casualties (how many can you kill with bows and arrows?).  In fact, many of our own democratic traditions, with human rights, came from the Six Nation Confederacy in Ontario and New York, from their “Great Law of Peace”, which later influenced the US Constitution.

“3. The idea that we “stole” this land from them is also ridiculous.  A more technologically advanced and numerous culture invaded and conquered.  This is exactly what has been happening since the dawn of humanity all around the globe.  To say we “stole” their lands is just plain wrong.”

Technologically advanced = Yes.  But technology appropriate for humans and the environment?  No.  Our technology has led to such environmental destruction that the human race is on the brink of extinction in the foreseeable future.  Cheers for the technologically advanced Westerner!

“invaded and conquered” = glad Mr. KKK admitted this.  But: “Invasion + Conquest IS NOT EQUAL Theft?????????”  Which is worse?

“This is exactly what has been happening since the dawn of humanity all around
the globe” . . . because of human rebellion against Yahweh, the Creator of the universe.
Does this make it right?  Absolutely not.

Brother, get back to your Mennonite heritage.  Menno Simmons was correct, and so were his anti-war followers!

VERSES ON POSSESSION OF ANCESTRAL LANDS:


Acts 17:26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

Deuteronomy 32:8 When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.

Jeremiah 27:5 With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please.

You can read my thorough post here, https://sleeplessinturtleisland.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/admitting-our-caucasian-genocide-of-first-nations-the-anti-bryan-fischer/which refutes the racist rants of Bryan Jonathan Fischer, the Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association (AFA).

As Sebastien Castellio, the forefather of religious liberty and human rights, stated: all issues should be dealt with by “reasonings and writings”, not anger, etc.: “When Servetus (the theologian killed by Calvin) fought with reasons and writings, he should have been repulsed by reasons and writings.”

Cheers,

Dimitri

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2 Responses to Who’s Land Is It?: Answering the Racists

  1. Mark says:

    Good response to an obvious piece of racist propaganda. I will add some info I learned since taking some American Indian studies in collage you probably already knew.

    – Artifacts have been discovered in Colorado dating over 13,000 years.
    – A judge in the 70’s denied a land property request to a tribe, stating that the Natives could not have their land back because they were also immigrants. (I wonder if the same judge also wrote that email)
    – The bearing land bridge during the end of the last ice age would have been treacherous conditions for hundreds of miles. (not ruling this out, just suggesting the immigration waves to an earlier date.)
    – Scientists are saying that for the brief warming periods during the last glacial period, Groups could have migrated across the land bearing bridge, and this not only could have happened 11,000 years ago but probably also a wave 20,000 years ago, another wave 30,000 years ago, and even possibly 35,000 years ago
    – Documented Eastern characters and artwork on artifacts found in South American Countries. (Confirms the boat theory many scholars are starting to accept.)

    – The majority (99%) of Native American tribes never engaged in siege warfare. (I don’t see why people cannot see the importance of this piece of info when regarding Native warfare.)
    – War in the North Americas prior to 1500 was for resources or recreation.
    – Rarely did more than 9 or 10 casualties occur per tribe in a battle in North American Native cultures, and when there were casualties they were always regarded as a big deal.
    – If a Conflict of interest in resources happened between two groups of North American tribes, and if the conflict could not be settled by the usual ‘council of women’, and if the council of women permitted; then a group of men would meet away from the tribes, and battle it out. One tactic was to intimidate the enemy by sneaking up behind him, hitting him on the back or head with a thin stick and running off. (yes, a majority of North American Native tribes did have a ‘counsel of women’.)
    – Yes!, the American Indians built houses as well as teepees!
    -Actually, compared to Europeans in almost any era, the American/South American Indians were “peaceful caretakers of the land”. There policy on agriculture was light years ahead of the Europeans mainly because they did not rely on large domestic animals, get lazy, and immerse themselves in the technological ideology… dUUh…

    Well, sorry for any attitude. Thanks for the original response.

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