Monday Open Thread | The Protests At Standing Rock

Protests at Standing Rock.This Nation Was Founded on Genocide

Lawrence O’Donnell: From the start of colonial intrusion, the free and original peoples of this hemisphere “have been treated as enemies and dealt with more harshly than any other enemy in any other war.”

While this in itself is not news, the source of this statement is. This quote comes not from an activist, a historian or a researcher squirreled away in an obscure academic corner, but from a high-profile commentator speaking on MSNBC.

“After all our other wars we signed treaties and lived by those treaties,” noted Lawrence O’Donnell at the segment at the end of the August 25 edition of his nightly news show The Last Word. “After World War 2 we then did everything we possibly could to help rebuild Germany.”

In other words, “no Native American tribe has ever been treated as well as we treated Germans after World War 2.”

O’Donnell issues this scathing indictment by way of explaining the peaceful protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. He talks of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s fear of foreign invaders “who want to change our way of life” and notes that it’s “a fear that Native Americans have lived with every day for over five hundred years.”

And he does not stop there.

“The original sin of this country is that we invaders shot and murdered our way across the land killing every Native American we could, and making treaties with the rest,” he says. “This country was founded on genocide before the word genocide was invented, before there was a war crimes tribunal in The Hague.”

Nor does he end there. He explains how “Every. Single. Treaty.” has been broken; how only a few generations have passed since the “business of killing Indians” has ceased. He cites the camps near Standing Rock as potent reminders of despicable acts most Americans would rather forget…and on and on. It’s a statement worth watching more than a few times, and he ends with a statement that resonates, a paying of respect to the resilience and strength of Natives: “The people who have always known what is truly sacred in this world.”

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87 Responses to Monday Open Thread | The Protests At Standing Rock

  1. Now that ColinKaepernick has taken a stand everybody coming out of the woodworks. Sit down! #JerryRice

  2. rikyrah says:

    I’m still not convinced about Tiny Homes- it’s still an insane idea, but I’ve been seeing ones that look more reasonable lately.

  3. rikyrah says:

    IN AFRICA!!!!


    Pretoria Girls High racism protest backed by SA minister

    A South African minister has thrown his support behind protesting female students, who accuse their high school of operating a racist hair policy.
    Black pupils at the private Pretoria Girls High say they have often been told to straighten their hair.
    “Schools should not be used as a platform to discourage students from embracing their African identity,” Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa tweeted in support.
    The school has not yet commented.


    South Africans, particularly young black South Africans, have been using social media in recent months to raise questions about beauty, cultural tolerance and racism here.
    They have been challenging what they describe as colonial standards that should have been dismantled years ago.
    At the heart of these protests are the high school’s black students who feel like their identity, which is wrapped up in the curly strands of their hair, is deemed as inferior.
    They have had enough.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Philadelphia’s black voters outraged by Donald Trump’s ‘outreach’

    Trump, residents said in interviews this weekend, is offering blacks not a helping hand but a slap in the face.
    Mon., Aug. 29, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA—Donald Trump says “inner-city” African-Americans will vote for him because of how miserable their lives and neighbourhoods are.

    The African-Americans of North Philadelphia say Donald Trump is an ignorant bigot.

    Trump’s campaign has described his recent rhetoric about black people as outreach. With actual black people, it seems to have produced little but outrage. Trump, Philadelphians said in interviews this weekend, is offering blacks not a helping hand but a slap in the face.

    “Extremely insulting. And I think purposely insulting,” said lawyer Rasheedah Phillips, 32.

    “He’s getting the ships ready. He wants to send us back over to Africa,” said Douglas Skipworth, 33, who does maintenance work.

    “Black folk aren’t fooled by this thing. African-Americans are clear about who Trump is,” said professor Anyabwile Love, 41, watching his 2-year-old son. “Many other elections, local and national, it’s been the lesser of the two evils. In this, it’s not even lesser of two evils. It’s one is completely against us and one is not.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Fox host says black NFL star should stand for anthem because America gave him ‘two white parents’
    David Edwards DAVID EDWARDS
    29 AUG 2016 AT 16:28 ET

    Fox News host Brian Kilmeade argued on Monday that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should stand for the national anthem because he lived in a country where he had the advantage of being adopted by white people.

    Over the weekend, Kaepernick told reporters that he would continue to sit during the anthem as a silent protest against police brutality and social injustice.

    “To me, this is something that has to change, and when there’s significant change — and I feel like that flag represents what It’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to — I’ll stand,” Kaepernick said.

    On his Monday radio show, Kilmeade asked former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann if he disagreed with Kaepernick.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Lewandowski Is Back In Trump’s Inner Circle
    August 29, 2016

    As Donald Trump arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a rally a week ago, he stepped out of his motorcade and was greeted by a familiar face: Corey Lewandowski.

    Lewandowski had been fired in late-June after serving as Trump’s first campaign manager. Given the internal fighting, Trump’s losing ground in the polls, and the candidate’s and his family’s alleged lack of confidence in Lewandowski, the campaign cut him loose June 20.

    Lewandowski was escorted that day from Trump Tower in New York by the very security detail that had helped him check for hidden listening devices in the campaign office weeks earlier.

    Now, a few weeks and a lucrative cable network contract later, Lewandowski is back in the fold, according to multiple campaign sources. They describe Lewandowski’s relationship with the candidate as “stronger than ever.”

    Each day, Trump wakes up, usually in his Fifth Avenue penthouse, and has a routine round of calls, sources say, that includes his campaign leadership (which has changed in recent weeks), his children, some close allies and someone else quite frequently: Lewandowski.

    “They talk almost every day,” one senior level campaign staffer said, requesting anonymity.

  7. For Stephen A Smith’s ass..

    slap the shit out of you

  8. rikyrah says:

    The White House ✔ @WhiteHouse
    11 months ago, @POTUS set a goal of admitting 10K Syrian refugees. Today, the 10,000th refugee arrives in America:

  9. rikyrah says:

    That Blame Guy @ImToBlame
    Kaep’s motivation was laid out in 18 minutes of footage. Harbaugh says he doesnt respect it. What piece of context are we missing?

  10. rikyrah says:

    A black teen was beaten and wrongfully detained by Indiana police. A jury awarded him just $1.

    On a July evening in 2012, 18-year-old DeShawn Franklin was pulled
    out of his home by South Bend, IN, police who looking for his brother on a domestic violence charge. They did not have a warrant and mistook Franklin for his brother since they both had dreadlocks.

    The South Bend Tribune reported at the time that police woke the sleeping Franklin by punching him multiple times and using a Taser on him. He then sat in a police car with the Taser probes still stuck in his body for two hours before paramedics treated him and he was released.

    Franklin’s family sued the officers, the city and the police
    department for violating his civil rights and a jury agreed earlier this
    month that he deserved compensation, finding in favor of the Franklins.

    So how much compensation did the jury award? $1 per party for a grand total of $18.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Harry Henderson ‏@scphilosopher

    @SopanDeb As a lifelong Detroiter Ive never heard of this station. I dont think many in the Detroit area have access to this obscure channel

  12. rikyrah says:

    Put him UNDER THE JAIL.

    2 NUNS?


    They were NUNS. They take a vow of POVERTY. They had nothing TO STEAL, you evil, stupid, rotten muthaphucka.



    Man arrested in fatal stabbing of 2 nuns in Mississippi

    By Faith Karimi, CNN
    Updated 2:11 PM ET, Sat August 27, 2016

    A man has been arrested in the stabbing deaths of two nuns whose bodies were found in their home in rural Mississippi, authorities said.

    Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners, failed to show up for work Thursday at a clinic in Lexington, where they served one of the state’s poorest counties.
    Authorities believe the killer took the victims’ car, a blue Toyota Corolla, which was later found on an abandoned road less than a mile from their home. But nothing was taken from the house, according to a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation.
    Clinic workers called police when the pair didn’t arrive at the clinic, said Maureen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson.

  13. rikyrah says:

    I told you that he was getting ready to ride that pole like a good coon!

    • Liza says:

      I refuse to be sad until January, 2017. But then I’ll be really sad. FLOTUS’ replacement is Bill Clinton. It’s surreal.

  14. Thanks for the laughs

    That’s right, that’s right, we bad…we don’t want no shit either…

  15. Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem

    Americans generally get a failing grade when it comes to knowing our “patriotic songs.” I know more people who can recite “America, F–k Yeah” from Team America than “America the Beautiful.” “Yankee Doodle”? No one older than a fifth-grader in chorus class remembers the full song. “God Bless America”? More people know the Rev. Jeremiah Wright remix than the actual full lyrics of the song. Most black folks don’t even know “the black national anthem.” (There’s a great story about Bill Clinton being at an NAACP meeting where he was the only one who knew it past the first line. Bill Clinton: Woke in the ’90s.)

    In the case of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” perhaps not knowing the full lyrics is a good thing. It is one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon, and you would be wise to cut it from your Fourth of July playlist.

    • Liza says:

      It is incredible that most of us haven’t heard this about the national anthem until now.

      Well, we can adopt a new national anthem as far as I’m concerned. So much of this old crap needs to go.

  16. Anthony Weiner and wife Huma Abedin are separating amid new sexting allegations. @CNN


  18. Ametia says:

    So while I was away this weekend, Colin Kaepernick DID THE THING.

    And right on cue, they drag out black sports men like that Tiki Barber to denounce Colin for not standing up during the National anthem. WTF

    What they should be denouncing is the KILLING OF UNARMED BLACK MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN IN AMERCIA!!!!

    I Can’t with these SLAVE-CATCHING COONS.

  19. OMFG!

    After asking to speak to a superior officer, Che “Rhymefest Smith” says a Sgt at Chicago pd told him to get the fuck out of the police station …he wouldn’t be making a report about a robbery that day. Police officers at Chicago PD were playing candy crush, eating cookies & NOT interested in taking robbery report from Che “Rhymefest Smith”.

    WTF is this ISH, y’all?

  20. They want us to give up another chunk of our tribal land. This is not the first time or the last time.
    ~Sitting Bull

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

  22. Ametia says:

    Don’t believe what SOME white folks write down on paper or say.


  23. #StandingRockSioux

    Please help with whatever you can. If you can’t donate, spread the link around so others may help.

  24. Good morning, everyone! The struggle continues..

    I’m standing with my Native American bros & sis against the #DakotaAccessPipeline.

    Water is Life. No water! No life. #NoDAPL

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