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Re:Black and Native Relations
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Hello again, Allen. Of course, I would not want any 'glorification' of harmful disputes between people. If the site the tourists visited was a 'showcase' for the defeat of the Sioux, then I would agree with the woman's actions. However, I don't think her actions were appropriate because I believe the site is just a tribute to a period in history [akin to the Bunker Hill Monument and the Gettysburg battle fields].
The Buffalo Soldiers were just that: soldiers. If the term 'enemy' is to be applied, it should be applied in that context. For example, I would not want my own countrymen who descended from Free Persons Of Color to label me as 'a coward' or 'a loser' based on the fact that one of my ancestors was captured and sold into slavery. Therefore, I do not think it is just for my fellow countrymen to label the Buffalo Soldiers 'enemies' outside of the context of them being soldiers fighting in a war on behalf of their country.
The Sioux lady exhibited an attitude of disrespect, dislike/hatred, and intolerance to the persons she encountered [as well as to what she thought were their ancestors]. If she were to be as big a person as her mouth is, then, in my opinion, she would have exhibited her knowledge of history by acknowledging the historic context in which the site was being visited.
Instead, she chose to perpetuate divisiveness, and showed a lot of arrogance by claiming the territory as belonging to her and hers, and proceeding to dictate to the visitors what their proper behavior should be.
This is the type of arrogance that reminds me of the largess of the federal, state and local governments that bend over backwards to reward Native Americans for the wrongs done them in the past. 'Native Americans' can afford to be arrogant. Remember that as an 'African American', I cannot.
I wonder if she spits on the graves of the Buffalo Soldiers who may be buried in the vicinity? I also have to wonder if her reference to those tourists that they should visit Abraham Lincoln's grave was a sly, backhanded slap in the face because some were African American? You see, I can just as easily adopt the negative point of view and decide that her comment was made in an effort to intentionally mock the race of the tourists and/or the Buffalo Soldiers.
This festering hate is what keeps us in the throes of discrimination. It takes away the human face of our ancestors. The Buffalo Soldiers and other valiant men and women have been reduced to just labels, like 'enemy' now. To countenance such behavior in any form should not be acceptable, let alone excused.
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