American History is a history of white Europeans slaughtering, colonizing and enslaving people of color.
The Europeans came here and stole the land from people they committed genocide upon.
Fuck the Pilgrims and their even nastier cousins the Puritans. Better they had perished instead of thrived.
As a child I was taught beautiful lies about them along with the beautiful lies about the missionaries and horrible lies about the First People.
My first doubts came when I was in second or third grade and bought a book that I had saved for months to buy about American Indians and their arts, crafts and way of living.
Suddenly the Saturday matinee cowboy movies stopped making sense. I stopped seeing the cowboys as the good guys and started rooting for the Indians.
Even though they actually taught us history in school in the 1950s and 1960s, the history was of the wonderful achievements of white men.
It was only by digging and reading other accounts that I started learning what the late historian Howard Zinn called “The People’s History”.
I grew up Left, because the Left cared more about the people who were being oppressed than the oppressor.
In 1969 I was living in Berkeley, in a commune near San Pablo and Ashby Avenues. We have an activist feast that year.
We took up a collection of blankets and other things for the Indians, who had just taken over Alcatraz Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. That weekend we went to a demonstration in a show of support.
I started learning more about the crimes the white man had committed upon the Native Peoples. The Trail of Tears. Wounded Knee. The butchery of Columbus. The slaughter of the Pawtuxet and the Pequot.
But that isn’t the history the powerful want us to know about. It doesn’t suit the myth of America the peaceful all wonderful land of freedom and equality.
Think about that might interfere with our watching the macho worshiping brainwash of Thanksgiving day propaganda and football.
Questioning what we are told might cause us to sleep in tomorrow, thereby saving much more money than we would shopping.
We might ask is it all about greed and connect the greed with the history of genocide…
November 22, 2011 — As people across Turtle Island look towards the global wave of protests against the austerity agenda, the memory of the 2010 G20 protests in Toronto looms large as both inspiration and caution. We are seventeen people accused by the state of planning to disrupt the leaders summit – the prosecutors call us the G20 Main Conspiracy Group.
This alleged conspiracy is absurd. We were never all part of any one group, we didn’t all organize together, and our political backgrounds are all different. Some of us met for the first time in jail. What we do have in common is that we, like many others, are passionate about creating communities of resistance.
Separately and together, we work with movements against colonialism, capitalism, borders, patriarchy, white supremacy, ableism, hetero/cis-normativity, and environmental destruction. These are movements for radical change, and they represent real alternatives to existing power structures. It is for this reason that we were targeted by the state.
Although these conspiracy charges have been a big part of our daily reality for the past year and a half, we have been slow in speaking out collectively. This is partly because of the restrictive bail conditions that were placed on us, including non-association with our co-accused and many of our close allies. In addition, those of us who did speak out have been subjected to a campaign of intimidation and harassment by the police and prosecutors. We are writing now because we have decided to resolve our charges to bring this spectacle to an end.
The state’s strategy after the G20 has been to cast a wide net over those who mobilized against the summit (over 1, 000 detained and over 300 charged) and then to single out those they perceived to be leaders. Being accused of conspiracy is a surreal, bureaucratic nightmare that few political organizers have experienced in this country, but unfortunately it is becoming more common. We can’t say with any certainty if what we did was in fact an illegal conspiracy. Ultimately though, whether or not our organizing fits into the hypocritical and oppressive confines of the law isn’t what’s important. This is a political prosecution. The government made a political decision to spend millions of dollars to surveil and infiltrate anarchist, Indigenous solidarity, and migrant justice organizing over several years. After that kind of investment, what sort of justice are we to expect?
Complete Statement at: http://conspiretoresist.wordpress.com/