I have to say that i'm surprised by some of the ATSers here...Deny Ignorance indeed...and yet, I see a great deal of ignorance propagated.
Yes, and I find this mentality of "It was a long time ago," and "get over it," rather disturbing.
Do you know, you are not only telling Native people this, but anyone who has gone through what Native people have gone through in the past, the
present and the future these words? Yes, even your ancesters.
This isn't about blame or contests, it's not about feeling bad for someone nor pandering nor wallowing. It's about learning, and as it is said in
Hebrew, Tikkun Olam, that is, "reparing the world".
Someone on here stated (here I am paraphrasing) basically, that Native language is too primitive as a language for today's world. This tells me that
the individual may have not taken the time to learn any of these languages and I have to wonder about other languages as well. Someone who has taken
the time to learn a language (it dosn't even have to be fluent) knows that all languages have different ways of saying the same thing, they will also
note that in many languages, there are untranslatable words. We will also note there are different modes of understanding. Much like reading a
spiritual text or a mantra.
Also, by reading some of the posts here, I don't think some of you fully understand just what kind of education Native children recieved. It wasn't
just a teacher making a child learn something they didn't want to learn nor was it just paddling and hand whacking. As I stated on another post, there
was a great deal of mental, physical and sexual abuse. And this extends beyond just the schools. There are people alive here and now that have been
harmed on multiple levels by this and have spoken out about it so you can look up their stories and see for yourself. We have learned well beyond the
sterile and clean interpretation of what exactly the true meaning of the word 'Assimilation' means. And yes, Assimilation is alive and well today.
It's another form of genocide and as one poster noted, it is the cleaner and more approved version. It tastes better but it is still the same
Good people, you must know, that it is not only my people that hurt, but all peoples are hurt by this in the end.
Edit: To correct some errors.
edit on 19-6-2011 by Arles Morningside because: (no reason given)