All Hail the Great White Father
By Brenda Golden
Here is a brief excerpt from the book The Road to Disappearance by Angie Debo: “Two hundred years ago when the activities of the white man in North America were dominated by clashing imperial ambitions and colonial hardships and struggles, the great Creek Confederacy rested in savage contentment under the reign of native law. The reputation of the Creeks as warriors and native diplomats extended to the most distant reaches of the Indian country and the lonely settler hated them with a ferocity inspired by fear; but secure in their careless strength, they had no guile to match that of the white man, and no disciplined courage to oppose his ruthlessness. They met encroachment with angry and sporadic reprisals, but in the main, they were held in check by specious arguments and pledges of friendship until their power was worn down and their spirits tamed. Piece by piece their land was wrested from them and they submitted with grumbling, always believing that this time the treaty would be kept. In the end they were dragged from their ancient homes and flung down upon a raw western frontier to conquer it or die.”
Such is the case of thousands of First Americans treated equally as sovereign nations, entering into agreements and treaties to keep the peace and attempt to live along side the exploding Non Native settlers.
How many holidays actually challenge the dominant mindset? Labor Day, perhaps, but we've denuded that of any meaning. Martin Luther King Day, certainly, and look how controversial that was.
Meanwhile, other countries celebrate holidays such as Guy Fawkes Night or Bastille Day. Unlike us, they're not afraid to acknowledge that the status quo sometimes sucks.
We could use a day to celebrate not just freedom (July 4) but the revolutionary spirit of freedom. A day where conservatives and liberals could come together to agitate for their causes. Teabaggers could rail against
We could call it We Shall Overcome Day or Fight the Power Day. Or for some historical perspective, Little Bighorn Day. Is there a better example of how the Great White Father was wrong and got the punishment it justly deserved?
For more on the subject, see Divisive St. Patrick's Day and Liberation Day, not Presidents Day.