American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian (2000)
The powerful and hard-hitting documentary, American Holocaust, is quite possibly the only film that reveals the link between the Nazi holocaust, which claimed at least 6 million Jews, and the American Holocaust which claimed, according to conservative estimates, 19 million Indigenous People.
It is seldom noted anywhere in fact, be it in textbooks or on the internet, that Hitler studied America’s “Indian policy”, and used it as a model for what he termed “the final solution.”
He wasn’t the only one either. It’s not explicitly mentioned in the film, but it’s well known that members of the National Party government in South Africa studied “the American approach” before they introduced the system of racial apartheid, which lasted from 1948 to 1994. Other fascist regimes, for instance, in South and Central America, studied the same policy.
Noted even less frequently, Canada’s “Aboriginal policy” was also closely examined for its psychological properties. America always took the more ‘wide-open’ approach, for example, by decimating the Buffalo to get rid of a primary food source, by introducing pox blankets, and by giving $1 rewards to settlers in return for scalps of Indigenous Men, women, and children, among many, many other horrendous acts. Canada, on the other hand, was more bureaucratic about it. They used what I like to call “the gentleman’s touch”, because instead of extinguishment, Canada sought to “remove the Indian from the Man” and the Women and the Child, through a long-term, and very specific program of internal breakdown and replacement - call it “assimilation”. America had it’s own assimilation program, but Canada was far more technical about it.
Perhaps these points would have been more closely examined in American Holocaust if the film had been completed. The film’s director, Joanelle Romero, says she’s been turned down from all sources of funding since she began putting it together in 1995.
Perhaps it’s just not “good business” to invest in something that tells so much truth? In any event, Romero produced a shortened, 29-minute version of the film in 2001, with the hope of encouraging new funders so she could complete American Holocaust. Eight years on, Romero is still looking for funds.
American Holocaust may never become the 90-minute documentary Romero hoped to create, to help expose the most substantial act of genocide that the world has ever seen… one that continues even as you read these words. - John Ahni Schertow
I assume you disapprove of non-Aboriginal people making 'Aboriginal' art (as do I). I had a hard time explaining to my friend why it's ridiculous for a white person to make Aboriginal art the other day and also feel like I shouldn't be the one deciding why it's not on. Can you tell me your thoughts please? I really enjoy your blog :)
Yes, I absolutely do. That is cultural appropriation in its simplest form. Check my “cultural appropriation” tag. I write about it quite a lot.
“We’ll not be dictated to from edicts coming down like bullets from Canberra. This land is much older than white settlement. Your values are entirely different to ours. Entirely different! If you are going to have generosity of heart and good will, you take into consideration, on of the oldest living cultures of the world. the whole wide world. We are not second-class citizens.”
This Is What We Said: Australian Aboriginal people give their views on the Northern Territory Intervention
“This is a do or die budget - literally, according to Harper. Menacing words like: threat, evil, terror, danger, harm, hurt, pain, suffering, risks/threats to safety appear 231 times in the budget plan. By comparison, the word “peace” only appears 3 times, and words like: Charter rights, constitutional rights, anti-poverty, equality, climate change, women’s rights, Aboriginal rights, treaty rights, Aboriginal title, self-government, or murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls do not appear at all. The word “sovereignty” only appears in a stark military context. There is no value placed in human rights freedoms, civil liberties, equality or Aboriginal rights. The climate does not seem to be on their “radar” any more than the thousands of murdered and missing Indigenous women. This is a true fear monger’s budget.”
Malcolm Norris (1900–1967) was an influential Canadian Métis leader of the twentieth century and celebrated Aboriginal activist. A Marxist, Socialist, and Métis nationalist he served for a time with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and as an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Socialist Alternative is holding a 2 day conference in Sydney on July 4-5.
This conference will bring together left wing activists from across the country to discuss everything from radical history through to theory and contemporary debates.
One of the key focuses of the conference will be racism and resistance in Australia today. The closure of Aboriginal communities, the ongoing persecution of refugees and the escalation of Islamaphobia both by the government and the “Reclaim Australia” movement show that racism is a fundamental feature of Australian capitalism. Activists from a range of anti-racist campaigns will be presenting at this conference.
Some of the other topics that will be covered are:
Gender and sexuality
Influential Marxist theorists
Radical labour history
Crisis and resistance in Europe
There will also be a number of sessions throughout the conference which will explain key Marxist concepts in accessible ways.
I am so freaking tired of how Euro-Centric these “introduction” classes are. This Intro to Philosophy should be labeled intro to WESTERN philosophy becuase that’s all we’ve talked about. We only looked at pricks like Aristotle, Descartes, and Augustine, who are put forth ideas that just pissed me off and kind of explained to me why our world is so messed up.
If you’re going to make an “Introduction” class, you need to touch on EVERYTHING, even just for a week. We need to see Eastern philosophy, and Native American philosophy, and African philosophy, and Aboriginal philosophy. Otherwise, it’s not an introductory
And don’t give me any shit about how
“there isn’t enough time.” Of course you’re not going to go into
detail about anything, it’s an INTRODUCTION.
You take each major region, whether that be Europe, Africa, Asia,
North America, the Middle East, whatever, you summarize the major,
most well-known philosophers and their basic tenets, you read just a
few excerpts of the most well-known literature. Of course you won’t go in depth. Of course you’re going to be
overgeneralizing at times. But that’s the point. It’s an
introduction. You touch on the major, most well-known pieces and
philosophers from each major region and then students can decided if
they want to learn more. Then
they can choose to take Western Philosophy, or Eastern Philosophy, or
whatever, and get the more full picture.
same thing needs to happen with art classes, and history classes, and
all classes that look at cultural and social trends in the world.
Too many Intro classes are Euro-centric and then everything else is
thrown into the othering “non-Western” umbrella as an elective
shoved to the side.
tl;dr Western culture needs to stop being the default with everything else shoved into a “non-Western” elective.
Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people
Aboriginal men watch
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologise to Aboriginal Australians on a big
screen outside Parliament House in Canberra February 13, 2008.
Genocide is a word
Australians hate to hear.
Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent
of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South
Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their
communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia,
where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal
land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support”
Vulnerable populations, already denied the basic services most
Australians take for granted, are on notice of dispossession without
consultation, and eviction at gunpoint. Yet again, Aboriginal leaders
have warned of “a new generation of displaced people” and “cultural
Genocide is a word Australians hate to hear. Genocide happens in other
countries, not the “lucky” society that per capita is the second richest
on earth. When “act of genocide” was used in the 1997 landmark report
Bringing Them Home, which revealed that thousands of Indigenous children
had been stolen from their communities by white institutions and
systematically abused, a campaign of denial was launched by a far-right
clique around the then prime minister John Howard. It included those who
called themselves the Galatians Group, then Quadrant, then the
Bennelong Society; the Murdoch press was their voice.
The Stolen Generation was exaggerated, they said, if it had happened at
all. Colonial Australia was a benign place; there were no massacres. The
First Australians were victims of their own cultural inferiority, or
they were noble savages. Suitable euphemisms were deployed.
The government of the current prime minister, Tony Abbott, a
conservative zealot, has revived this assault on a people who represent
Australia’s singular uniqueness. Soon after coming to office, Abbott’s
government cut $534 million in indigenous social programmes, including
$160 million from the indigenous health budget and $13.4 million from
indigenous legal aid.
n the 2014 report Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Key Indicators,
the devastation is clear. The number of Aboriginal people hospitalised
for self-harm has leapt, as have suicides among those as young as
eleven. The indicators show a people impoverished, traumatised and
abandoned. Read the classic expose of apartheid South Africa, The
Discarded People by Cosmas Desmond, who told me he could write a similar
account of Australia.
Having insulted indigenous Australians by declaring (at a G20 breakfast
for David Cameron) that there was “nothing but bush” before the white
man, Abbott announced that his government would no longer honour the
longstanding commitment to Aboriginal homelands. He sneered, “It’s not
the job of the taxpayers to subsidise lifestyle choices.”
The weapon used by Abbott and his redneck state and territorial
counterparts is dispossession by abuse and propaganda, coercion and
blackmail, such as his demand for a 99-year leasehold of Indigenous land
in the Northern Territory in return for basic services: a land grab in
all but name. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion,
refutes this, claiming “this is about communities and what communities
want”. In fact, there has been no real consultation, only the co-option
of a few.
Both conservative and Labor governments have already withdrawn the
national jobs programme, CDEP, from the homelands, ending opportunities
for employment, and prohibited investment in infrastructure: housing,
generators, sanitation. The saving is peanuts.
The reason is an extreme doctrine that evokes the punitive campaigns of
the early 20th century “chief protector of Aborigines”, such as the
fanatic A.O. Neville who decreed that the first Australians “assimilate”
to extinction. Influenced by the same eugenics movement that inspired
the Nazis, Queensland’s “protection acts” were a model for South African
apartheid. Today, the same dogma and racism are threaded through
anthropology, politics, the bureaucracy and the media. "We are
civilised, they are not,“ wrote the acclaimed Australian historian
Russel Ward two generations ago. The spirit is unchanged.
Having reported on Aboriginal communities since the 1960s, I have
watched a seasonal routine whereby the Australian elite interrupts its
"normal” mistreatment and neglect of the people of the First Nations,
and attacks them outright. This happens when an election approaches, or a
prime minister’s ratings are low. Kicking the blackfella is deemed
popular, although grabbing minerals-rich land by stealth serves a more
prosaic purpose. Driving people into the fringe slums of “economic hub
towns” satisfies the social engineering urges of racists.
This is Woodrow Wilson Keeble (May 16, 1917 – January 28, 1982) a U.S. Army National Guard veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a full-blooded member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, a federally recognized tribe of Dakota people. Although he was wounded (at least) twice in World War II and three times in the Korean War, he only received two purple hearts. Following a long campaign by his family and the congressional delegations of both North and South Dakota, on March 3, 2008, President George W. Bush posthumously awarded Keeble the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War.