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Are we ‘one?’

While I am hopeful about the election of Obama to the presidency, I do have some concerns. His inauguration speech praised those who came to America and settled the west. These people, it was proclaimed, built America. It appears to me that President Obama has missed something important.

It seems that he believes in manifest destiny. It seems that real Americans are only those who came here. Is not “settled” just code for genocide and theft? When this praise for settlers (colonizers) is combined with “we are one,” I believe that Indian country had better be alert. This is especially true as the white elite press gloats over the end of racism and promotes the old any individual can do it mantra of hyper-capitalism. While I have no answers, I would like to see some conversation from indigenous peoples.

– Michael W. Simpson
Tucson, Ariz.

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