Random quote: "Kein größerer Schaden kann einer Nation zugefügt werden, als wenn man ihr den Nationalcharakter, die Eigenheit ihres Geistes und ihrer Sprache nimmt." Immanuel Kant - (Added by: Tomas Baranauskas)
Posted 2010-06-26 13:34 (#78150 - in reply to #78116) Subject: борьба с оккупантами
Those politics, fueled by cowardly politicians and hate radio, are undeniably anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant. And in truth, they are actually anti-indigenous. In effect, the politics are an extension of Manifest Destiny. Its modern expression is a manifest insanity – an attempt to maintain the myth of America, reserved for White Anglo Saxon Protestants – amid the “browning” of the nation.
For those who are attempting to uphold this dominance, the browning of America represents another time – a cultural and political reversal of the so-called triumph of Western Civilization. This is what Arizona represents -- a clash of civilizations and narratives over the myth of America itself. Nothing less.
Enter “Occupied America” and it upsets the carefully crafted myth and narrative of the United States as the land of freedom and democracy -- and for some, heaven on Earth.
Yet, at the core, the critics are correct. Ethnic studies indeed is a threat to the myth of America – the mythical America in which genocide, land theft, slavery and dehumanization are denied or are but mere footnotes. With such a denial, the concept of "occupied America" – an occupied continent – becomes unfathomable. The narrative of an empty continent, incidentally, is what permits the myth of “no occupation.”