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Est. April 5, 2002
December 01, 2016 - Issue 677

Standoff at Standing Rock:
Trump Speaks
Forked Tongue


"They’re 'elitists' who are trying to ram
this pipeline down the throats of a proud
and noble people who have fought European
 genocide efforts for half a millennium."

It’s no shock most Americans of color find the hallowed words of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights to be mighty, mighty beautiful and composed of all-so-powerful words, but we find them to be on most occasions just that - words, shallow, hollow words, which, when strung together, don’t honestly apply to anyone but White people, to be honest.

The Thanksgiving holiday America just stumbled through on our way to shop actually officially launches the forked-tongue broken treaty pattern which still exists today as federal officials ask for more time to make a final decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Police and protesters continue their standoff on government-owned property near the tribal lands of the Sioux nation in Standing Rock, North Dakota. Practical thinking folks are concerned that the pipeline, which would run underneath the tribe’s main source of water, could potentially contaminate the water. Police have employed Bull Conner tactics - tear gas, dogs, rubber bullets, and water hoses on protestors in freezing temperatures - potentially life-threatening actions that tribe members are calling an “act of war.”

As this never-ending battle continues in 2016, it isn’t terribly shocking that the words of a 150-year-old Indian treaty were being shredded, spit and stomped-upon today, here in the 21st century, in the “name of” Texas Tea. And whose continuing the marginalization of the Native American - Uncle Sam and the heartless, greedy oil barons - aristocrats who don’t have hearts, they’ve cash registers or “value meters” instead. Tragically, America’s Investor Class is riddled with like-minded small-minded money luvers. “All which glitters is titanium” in their eye, and this allows the court of White public opinion to turn a blind eye, and deaf ear to the realities of what their greed places “at-risk,” in harm’s way.

Now an interesting tidbit I do find telling: the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs have not, at this point, reached out to their alleged “brethren” with financial resources to battle the Great White Fatcats on Wall Street and what is now, post November 8th... Washington DT - International multinational globalist who couldn’t give a damn about the everyday Fred n’ Wilma and the American Dream. They’re “elitists” who are trying to ram this pipeline down the throats of a proud and noble people who have fought European genocide efforts for half a millennium.

A transparent cloud of hypocrisy blankets the land.

I’ve spoken to Robert Cordova, the executive Director of the Standing Rock Tribal Center and he confirmed and assured me in a phone conversation, they’ve received no contact, let alone support from any team in the NFL, MLB or the NCAA. I thinks that’s a goddamn shame. These profit driven business machines can’t remain neutral in this type battle. If you’re not willing to have the backs of these Americans Indian Tribes, then take their names of your jerseys, gentlemen.

My question is, why not?

One would like to believe, perhaps naively, that on the behalf of these teams there’d be some “connection,” some empathy, sympathy or even unasked-for pity for the plight of the Native American, since these sports franchises pimp and exploit the Native Americans’ proud image, and they proudly proclaim some connection to, claim to harbor some allegiance to the noble Red Man, who they attest embodied all the honorable characteristics one could assemble for a gallant warrior... You’d like to think. Perhaps the old White men who own these professional sports organizations are businessmen in the same cashmere cloth of Lord Trump and they don’t honestly, when the penthouse doors are closed, give a damn about some “red-niggers.”

Don’t even try to tell me those type “terms of endearment” aren’t vernacular staples in Trump’s White America.

Forgive me, but with the prevailing winds of good ole’ fashion fascism, and all-American racism and sexism blowing across the US heartland, the wild west and, of course, across the land of Dixie.... and I’d argue it’s safe and fair to assume the Washington Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, backed Trump, which translates into he’s fundamentally comfortable with attacking Americans of Color, and Native Americans are the very definition of the term American of Color... So yeah, I think Dan should give a damn about the stand being made in South Dakota.

I’d like to believe somehow, some way, that the Kansas City Chiefs family ownership, the Hunts, who opened the AFL to the Black football player in the early 1960s would, too, be sensitive to the plight of the people depicted in their logo.

The Sioux tribe has filed a lawsuit contesting the pipeline, but they’re up against energy companies with deep pockets and powerful investors. These two teams, the league itself and the player’s union could be and certainly should be underwriting some significant and meaningful portion of the tribe’s and protesters’ legal bills. Additionally, with temperatures continuing to plummet, these self-anointed water protectors need snow gear and camping supplies, in addition to items like body cameras and pepper spray decontamination wipes to fight off the 7th Cavalry. Certainly and formally the NFL should donate to the Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe campaign which goes towards water, food, blankets and other essentials necessary for the campers to live on the land while they’re protesting the raping of their land, yet again, in the name of unbridled, unchecked cutthroat capitalism. The Oceti Sakowin Camp is a historic gathering of tribes, allies and people from all walks of life, standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs should back them, plain and simple.

Lest I mention Lord Trump (who holds stock in the companies involved) stands waiting to ascend to his throne, and, he’ll allow the barons to do as they damn well please. Laissez Faire Capitalism will rule the land. “Treaties! We don’t care about no goddamn treaties!” These are the grandchildren of the men who hunted the Buffalo damn near into extinction. These are the descendants of men who chopped down the majestic giant Sequoia trees to make chairs and this is the identical WASP culture which lived by the creed “the only good Indian is a dead Indian!”

All God’s people and all of Mother Nature’s work will be in peril. Columnist, Desi Cortez, was hatched in the heart of Dixie, circa 1961, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the by-product of four dynamic individuals, Raised in South-Central LA, the 213, at age 14 transplanted to the base of the Rockies, Denver. Still a Mile-Hi. Sat at the feet of scholars for many, many moons, emerging with a desire and direction… if not a sheep-skin. "Meandered thru life; gone a-lot places, done a-lot of things, raised a man-cub into a good, strong man, produced a beautiful baby-girl with my lover/woman/soul-mate… aired my mind on the airwaves and wrote some stuff along the way." Contact Mr. Cortez and BC.




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