The Pardu

The Pardu
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Showing posts with label Sitting Bull. Show all posts
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Friday, February 8, 2013

L. Frank Baum: The Wizard of Oz Creator And Geoncide

Cross posted from Native American - Honoring our Ancestors, Culture & Spirituality

Did you know: L. Frank Baum ADVOCATED The Extermination Of Native Americans

There are not too many people who have not heard of the beloved childhood books "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900), and the sequel that followed, "The Marvelous Land of Oz" (1904), both written by a man named L. Frank Baum. 

Before L. Frank Baum wrote the book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", he held the editors chair at a weekly newspaper called "The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer" in South Dakota in the early 1890's, during the time of the "Indian Wars." Baum filled the pages of his newspaper with passionate essays, political poetry, satirical humor, and some of the most exuberant and inventive local reporting ever seen during that time period.

When L. Frank Baum learned of the killing of Sitting Bull and the massacre at Wounded Knee, his editorials took a severe turn, revealing his true character and he began filling his pages with editorials calling for the "killing each and every last Native American."

Here is a part of just ONE of the editorials he wrote after he learned of the death of Sitting Bull:

"The proud spirit of the original owners of these vast prairies inherited through centuries of fierce and bloody wars for their possessions, lingered last in the bosom of Sitting Bull. With Sitting Bull's fall, the nobility of the Redskin has been extinguished, and what few are left are a pack of whining curs who lick the hand that smites them. The Whites, by the law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Just why not annihilation? Their glory has already fled, their spirits are broken, their manhood effaced; it is better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are."

This is not an isolated opinion of L. Frank Baum. This is who Baum was. A cold blooded monster, a highly racist white supremacist who also just so happened to also write beloved children's books! Most of us have either heard of or read these childhood books. Many have passed them down to their own children. Maybe it's time for some of us to re-evaluate our true feelings of what we thought we knew about the person writing these "beloved children's books". The truth is, Mr. L. Frank Baum is DISGUSTING and a true DISGRACE to all Native & Indigenous People!! 

This is just my personal opinion.....

Saturday, December 29, 2012

In Remembrance Of A Great Nation..No Not The US

Touch the Clouds
Touching The Clouds - Lakota Nation

The Wounded Knee Massacre took place today in the year 1890 (Just days after one of the the holiest days of the Judeo Christian Faith).

We take time to remember yet another horror of US History.  After decades of fulfillment of US "Manifests Destiny", the US Army was ordered to attack and annihilate one of the last tribes of Native Original People of North America.  

This remembrance is not a short read. Neither is the US Constitution.  There are times when a people must look upon their past and recognize that we have history that includes horror that stand alongside some of history's worse (Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, et al). How many Native Americans were killed during Manifest Destiny?

Yahoo Answers....

How many Native Americans did we kill throughout history?

  • 3 years ago
....that's quite a bit of revisionist history there in one answer. the accidental spread of diseases only accounted for deaths in the first 100 years. the next 400 years showed military campaigns and legislation designed to "do away with the indian problem". these were deliberate acts of genocide including the forced sterilization of our women up until the 1980s, the removal of our children to be given to white families to raise which only stopped in 1973, the stealing of our children and placing them in residential schools where tens of thousands of them were killed and countless others sexually and physically molested. but long as some people can believe we just "dropped dead for no apparent reason" then i guess they can sleep well at night. disgusting. 

...the real facts are this: there were between 50 - 100 million indigenous people in north america, pre contact. by 1890 there were only 250,000 natives in USA alone. in all of north america 95% of the native population was killed.



We must also recognize overt genocide against segments of our population may constitutes a history we may never revisit, yet there are elements in our society who wish for absolute power. They want power beyond their extensive wealth, beyond their rights to do things we can only cream about, beyond their insulation from the laws we so very much adhere to, and power to force their will on others. Power corrupts and those same people do not hesitate to practice their powerful privilege.  Privilege that you and I, like it or not (believe it or not) do not share.

To the visitor who insist on leaving comment about our, or my, paranoia, the visitor should be reminded their privilege is only as exhaustive as the powerful will allow. I further direct the critical visitor as follows....
Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant pastor who opposed the Nazi regime. He spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Germany, 1937. 
Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant pastor who opposed the Nazi regime. He spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Germany, 1937.Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Socialist. 
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. 
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. 
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.


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