Sunday, May 7, 2017

"Indigenous" - Geopolitical Op-Ed 5/7/17

It is estimated that there are more than 370 million indigenous people spread across 70 countries worldwide. Practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. 

Spread across the world from the Arctic to the South Pacific, they are the descendants of those who inhabited a country or a geographical region at the time when people of different cultures or ethnic origins arrived. But new arrivals (Anglo-Saxons) later became dominant through conquest, occupation, settlement or other means. 

Among the indigenous peoples are those of the Americas (for example, the Lakota in the USA, the Mayas in Guatemala or the Aymaras in Bolivia), the Inuit and Aleutians of the circumpolar region, the Saami of northern Europe, the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand. 

These and most other indigenous peoples have retained distinct characteristics which are clearly different from those of other segments of the national populations. Indigenous peoples often have much in common with other neglected segments of societies, i.e. lack of political representation and participation, economic marginalization and poverty, lack of access to social services and discrimination. 

Despite their cultural differences, the diverse indigenous peoples share common problems also related to the protection of their rights. They strive for recognition of their identities, their ways of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources.

What atrocities have we done in the name of progress to repress the truth of these color filled indigenous peoples of the world? 

Why do we allow our own lies to continue on as the normal cost of doing business in the modern age?

God will never accept our decisions to steal, kill, maim and destroy His original human creations. 

People less color must take responsibility for the horrendous decisions of our ancestors and correct all past injustices.

As the leaders of our human community--and knowing full well that the fate of our collective soul rests in the balance--we must now truth with our abundant blessings, reset the moral center of our species... globally... now and forever.

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