Saturday, December 6, 2014

Canada's pending Indian uprising

It's just a matter of time.

And when it unfolds, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Harperite turds who have been running the machinery of oppression for almost ten years will be wholly discombobulated.

What? After everything we've done for them? The lazy ingrates just never get enough, do they?

There will be much "war on terror" rhetoric unleashed.

Canadian Indians who rise up in peaceful resistance against the last five hundred years of oppression and exploitation will be immediately tarred as terrorists, and the full weight of the state will come down on their necks.

Did you know that a Native Canadian is ten times more likely to go to prison than a non-native Canadian? That disturbing tidbit comes from the government of Canada. But they see this alarming stat as being an "outcome gap," rather than evidence of systemic racism.

I remember riding a Greyhound into Kenora one Saturday evening back in the '70's. My fellow passengers were looking out the windows and remarking on the fact that "there's a lot of dogs out tonight."

I didn't get it at the time, but I got it later. The "dogs" were the folks from the White Dog reserve. I shared a loaf of bread and a six-pack with one of the dogs that evening. He was an older guy, but other than that, he was just like me; hungry and thirsty.

There's a lot to be said for and about those folks from the White Dog reserve, especially with respect to mercury poisoning, a medical phenomenon in which they served as guinea pigs of a sort, as if their prior burden of dispossession, the residential school legacy, and a generalized state-sponsored genocide were not enough.

But this is not about that, and I hope to get to that another time. What I want to focus on here is a couple of new books that peek into the future of relations between us white colonists and the descendant's of the folks whose land our ancestors stole.

Every Canadian should read John Ralston Saul's new book, The Comeback.

And when you're done that, read Time Bomb, by Doug Bland.

When you're done reading come back here and we'll discuss them.

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