African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Re: Cherokee Vote
In Response To: Cherokee Vote ()
Allen in many respects I agree and understand your point about allies within the tribe who should not be alienated, but looking at the numbers of who took the time to vote their convictions, those 90+ percent of eligible voters (allies among them notwithstanding) did not feel the need, courage, or solidarity to simply, VOTE.
One could argue by not voting their beliefs, they agree with expelling Cherokee Freedmen. Where are these allies now? Why isn't their voice being heard? Have they come forward to join forces with the freedmen to denounce the actions of a small minority of citizens in the nation or is their silence a sign they agree with the results? It really isn't that complicated.
If they are indifferent on the subject it gives those 3% of voters a mandate to continue their ways without being put in check. When you don't speak up against an injustice you allow it to exist and until they become vocal, one can't assume support for freedmen . It is important for the freedmen to keep the heat on and those in the tribe could be a great help, where are they?
In a struggle like this the freedmen need active, visible support, otherwise they may take the silence as opposition.