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Ugh can they just stop it already!
And on another note I had no idea the “land of OZ” originated from a judgmental heart. Something to discuss after your trip to the theaters.
“Adding insult to injury, Michelle’s latest project, Oz: The Great and Powerful, is based on the novels of L. Frank Baum. Baum was a white supremacist; a flaming racist who called for the extermination of all American Indians.
Before Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, he was the editor of a newspaper in Aberdeen, South Dakota. South Dakota is the home of nine Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) Tribes. On December 20, 1890, nine days before The Wounded Knee Massacre where over 150 Lakota Sioux, mostly women and children, were slaughtered by the 7th Calvary (Custer’s regiment), Baum wrote an editorial that called for the genocide of every last American Indian.
“The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are.” – L. Frank Baum
Like other minority groups, the Native people of today face a myriad of social and economic issues, but WE AS SOVEREIGN NATIONS ARE STRONG AND FAR FROM BROKEN.”
A Tribe Called Red could not have said it any better
“If you’re First Nations in Canada, just the fact that you’re even alive is a political statement,” Tribe told NOW Magazine. “We’re always being looked at through the lens of colonialism, and we’re never portraying ourselves. We’re starting to take control of that, but it’s really just beginning.”
It’s really just beginning!
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