mutabaruka - indians


"You also write poems about Native Americans like "Big Mountain". What do you think about their situation?"

"Anywhere Europeans go they give people a rough deal. They are going to Africa, they are going to America, they are going to India, China,- and the Native Americans have got one of the worst deals, with the land taken from them and now they're in reservations. We feel a kind of closeness to them. We have been amongst them and we experienced what they experienced. The suicide rate amongst Native Americans is large!"

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A WITNESS WHITE SOLDIER
"Were there any acts of barbarity perpetrated there that came under your own observation?"
"Yes, sir; I saw the bodies of those lying there cut all to pieces, worse mutilated than any I ever saw before; the women cut all to pieces."
"How cut?"
"With knives; scalped; their brains knocked out; children two or three months old; all ages lying there, from sucking infants up to warriors."
"By whom were they mutilated?"
"By the United States troops."

"I don't overstand, why they put up with that. Do you know why they don't do anything to change the situation?"

"Well, we ask YOU, too! Why don't you do something against it!? White supremacy is not only oppressing black people, it's oppressing white people, too. White supremacy is what control the world!"

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"But why do they not fight to get their land back?"

"They are doing things. Yeah, they are doin' tings! We've been there. Maybe it's not publicized as much. Every day people are struggeling for freedom! They say: Push a dog aroun' for so long, but one day that dog will turn and bite you!"

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DISCRIMINATION:
"It's all the same!"
RELIGION AND WOMEN:
"Religions suppress women!"
VIOLENCE:
"The means do have to justify the ends!"
INDIANS:
"One day that dog will turn and bite you!"
MUSIC:
"I can't sing, but I can speak!"
LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER:
"We want to learn from ourselves now!"
RASTA AND WOMEN:
"Rasta is no religion!"
EUROPEAN'S DOMINATION:
"White supremacy affects all of us!"

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