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Re: Majority Rules - Creek Nation
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There it is, you finally said it. You see the Freedmen as "just black people." They aren't just any black people. They are the black people of the Five Civilized Tribes. They once belonged to us and now they belong with us. Citizenship is their heritage. Its not just finding a name on a roll book. Its an inheritance worth fighting for simply because it is, not because it has monetary value. I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, yet I get nothing financial from them. I lost my job last year and didn't ask my tribe for anything. Mostly because I knew those temporarily in power would not help anyway. Those men and women are not the tribe. They are only a small part of it. The Freedmen are members of our family. They belong at our table. To deny them their citizenship would be to cast them out of our home. Some Cherokees have adopted the southern white racist views. But not all. And many more are coming around to understand the folly of their ways. They are realizing that the Principal Chief, who represents the Cherokee Nation, but is not the Cherokee Nation himself, lied to the people to convince them to vote against the Freedmen. If you truly knew our history, you would understand how, in just one or two generations, both the Cherokees and the Freedmen were changed by the creation of the state of Oklahoma. The black Cherokees (and other freedmen) were cast into the mix of the state negro, while the majority of FCT members were mixed in with white racists. Our governments were only restored to us within the past 35 years! We are only now emerging from a U.S. government induced fog that nearly destroyed our nations, disrupted our ways of life, stole our lands and silenced our voices. We all have much to do in the restoration of the whole body politic of the Five Civilized Tribes. To paraphrase the famous and timeless words of John F. Kennedy, the Freedmen and all FCT members must ask not what our Nations can do for us, but what can we do for our Nations. Only then does anyone, black, white or red deserve a seat at our national table.
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