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Sep 30
themuslimavenger:





I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now wish for grey skies. 
The drones do not fly when the skies are grey. - Zubair Rehman, after his grandmother was murdered by US drone strikes in Pakistan
Zubair’s sister Nabila holds a photo with a drawing she made depicting a drone strike that killed her grandmother.

themuslimavenger:

I no longer love blue skies.
In fact, I now wish for grey skies.

The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.

- Zubair Rehman, after his grandmother was murdered by US drone strikes in Pakistan

Zubair’s sister Nabila holds a photo with a drawing she made depicting a drone strike that killed her grandmother.

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deportallwhitepeople2k14:

sagethenate:

pardon-my-dust:

sagethenate:

katniss-everbeans:

gatitaborrachita:

pepperjdarcy:

gatitaborrachita:

meltingmarshmallow:

gatitaborrachita:

So I’m going to rant here a bit. The time of year has arrived where empathy and consideration go out the window. The image on the left is an ignorant portrayal of what is supposed to be a native woman. The image on the right is in fact, a native woman.There is no excuse for any race or culture to be compacted into a costume for one night of “fun”. Portrayals like these strip us of our humanity. I do not support any person who decides to make the conscious effort to perpetuate a vile act such as dressing up as something you’re not. You are not honoring me. You do not care about me. You are not going to use my culture to spice up your dull life for a night. I’m human. I’m native. I’m sick and tired.

Okay, but do keep in mind that “dressing up as something you’re not” is literally the point of Halloween. (Straying from what it originally was meant to be perhaps, but nonetheless, what it is today.) 
I am not trying to un-justify your offense to this particular costume (it isn’t something I would ever wear) but perhaps think of it this way:
Let’s say someone, a non-native american, really likes the Disney movie ‘Pocahontas’ and wants to dress up as the titular character for Halloween. (We all know that Pocahontas isn’t exactly an accurate portrayal of the real story but let’s set that aside for now.) Or maybe even dressing up as Tiger Lily to accompany a friend’s Peter Pan costume.
Would you consider this to be racist or offensive?
You say there is no excuse for anyone to dress up in the aesthetic of any race or culture but the fact of the matter is, it happens all the time, with every kind of culture + race, and I don’t think it is ever really meant to be harmful in the way you are perceiving it. Spirit halloween is shitty for plenty of reasons though, and it shows in a lot of their costumes as well. Especially anything accompanied with the word “sexy”… and everyone knows nothing is accurately designed or portrayed. All I am trying to say is that I personally believe there are a few exceptions to your claim.

Actually, let’s talk about Pocahontas and Tiger Lily for a secondThey’re both problematic characters for many reasonsI have a problem with Matoaka’s (Pocahontas’ real name) portrayal mainly because of the inaccuracy. She was a child when she met John Smith. She’s hypersexualized in her short buckskin dress and made to look like an older woman. Indeed it is not necessarily problematic to wear a costume that is 100 percent identical to the movie, but it does not sit right with me.
Tiger Lily on the otherhand, doesn’t speak throughout the entirety of her scenes. The “Why is the Red Man Red?” segment had me squirming awkwardly everytime I would see it. It’s not fun watching blatant racism being thrown in your face at such a young age. (If you don’t think that was one of the most offensive scenes you can fuck right off)
Costumes and representations that hypersexualize and demean native women perpetuate violence. Violence among indigenous women is an epidemic that has been overlooked throughout time. Harmful stereotypes in the media play a significant part in violence amongst indigenous women.
1 in 3 native women will be raped in her lifetime. 70 percent of abusers are non-native people.1,186 reported cases of missing indigenous women in Canada has called for a national inquiry that is STILL overlooked
Overall, this is extremely toxic. Cultural appropriation should not occur as a basis for costumes. There are so many other creative and original ideas one can muster up, but using race and culture stings like no other.

Hypersexualised? Yes. That costume above does that, and it’s wrong. But, as an official Member of the Cherokee Nation, there is nothing offensive about someone dressing up as a Native American. In fact, if done tastefully and in the right spirit, it’s an imitation, and imitation is the SINCEREST form of flattery. Think about it, someone finds inspiration from that way of life. It’s flattery! It wouldn’t be offensive if a member of another ethnic group dressed up as a white character, would it? No. Dressing up is an expression of awe and admiration.Disney’s Pocahontas was inaccurate, but the real story/history is probably more offensive to people on Tumblr considering she chose of her own free will to marry a white man, take on a white woman’s name, converted to Christianity (which is not a white man’s religion since Christ would not have been white, but very, very dark haired and exceedingly dark skinned and Christianity accepts any and all ethnic diversity), and then decided to move to a white man’s country. She did that without being forced… choosing to become a part of another culture. It was her choice. It made her happy. So, you can’t complain Disney was racist in making Pocahontas inaccurate, SINCE the character didn’t change her ways or her culture or religion in the movie. It made many anti-racist statements by Pocahontas telling John Smith she wasn’t going to change her ways but remain true to her people, and by calling him out for calling her a savage just because she wasn’t a part of his culture. So, logically, that’s not racism. That’s the antithesis. Was she sexualised? Yes. But all women of every race are sexualised by Hollywood and the media. It’s a problem that affects us all.  BUT, I do see how the ‘What Makes the Red Man Red’ song can be seen offensively. I’m Native American, my ancestors walked the Trail of Tears, and I don’t find the song offensive… to myself PERSONALLY. And I have family who suffered in the Trail of Tears. But I don’t blame people who find that particular song offensive.If we really want racism to end, and AGAIN… THIS is being said by a member of the Cherokee Nation (I have an Indian card, and I got my wisdom teeth cut out for FREE because of my heritage. It’s LEGIT. I get exemptions for my taxes and exempt from ObamaCare because I’m Native American) there needs to be an element of forgiveness. Bitterness and anger is not going to solve anything. It creates a bigger problem. Let’s face it, it’s possible for Native Americans to be prejudice towards others too. It’s a two way street. Hitler (a white man) committed grossly racist acts of murder against… who? Oh yeah, a white culture: German Jews.So, the step towards healing and real equality begins with forgiveness and letting go of bitterness. I’m a freaking Native American myself. I can say this legitimately. White people who aren’t Native Americans have the right to not being treated with discrimination either. They are human themselves. They suffer all sorts of bad, horrible things too. In some sense we segregate ourselves… and make a situation worse than it is.But hypersexualised is something that happens to ALL woman. We have it in the superhero world (*cough, cough*… Black Widow), the video game world… and every time a woman strips down for a movie (*cough, cough* Game of Thrones). It’s WHY I protest pole dancing, stripping, and pornography. It dehumanises women and makes them an object just for a man’s pleasure. Sure, women have the right to that vocation… it is their choice; but they’re objectifying themselves and catering to men’s lusts. It hypersexualises a woman just as much as this costume does.

What the fuck did I just read??😂😂😂

1. Everybody and their grandma’s cat claims to be Cherokee
2. Matoaka didn’t choose to marry John Rolfe in real life. She was kidnapped.
3. Healing and equality begin with the people that fucked up (read: oppressors) admitting what they did and learning WHY what they did was fucked up.

What the fuck is with idiots claiming we should feel flattered? How about you stop pandering to white people and stop telling us how we should feel?
If some white twit wants to pay me a compliment, they better work to sincerely find out what makes me actually feel honoured. If they really cared, they wouldn’t be stepping all over my people and our culture.
Stop being selfish and racist about this Halloween fake-ass bull.

I just want to state that, I am Native American and Japanese you don’t see me getting all fucking ass hurt for white people or any other colors wanting to go to Japan or liking my culture. It kinda makes me mad but at the same time it’s whatever. Also I see nothing wrong with someone dressing up as anything. The women on the left is dressing like a fucking white person but you don’t see white people getting all pissed. So yeah stfu stop giving our people bad names when it’s our job to be the caring one.
P.s I love white women.

unfollow me

@pardon-my-dust
Ugh I hate when I have to be disgusted and ashamed of one of my own, but yuck. Unfollowed.
P.S. Good for you because we sure as fuck don’t want you.

deportallwhitepeople2k14:

sagethenate:

pardon-my-dust:

sagethenate:

katniss-everbeans:

gatitaborrachita:

pepperjdarcy:

gatitaborrachita:

meltingmarshmallow:

gatitaborrachita:

So I’m going to rant here a bit. The time of year has arrived where empathy and consideration go out the window. The image on the left is an ignorant portrayal of what is supposed to be a native woman. The image on the right is in fact, a native woman.
There is no excuse for any race or culture to be compacted into a costume for one night of “fun”.
Portrayals like these strip us of our humanity.
I do not support any person who decides to make the conscious effort to perpetuate a vile act such as dressing up as something you’re not.
You are not honoring me. You do not care about me. You are not going to use my culture to spice up your dull life for a night.
I’m human. I’m native. I’m sick and tired.

Okay, but do keep in mind that “dressing up as something you’re not” is literally the point of Halloween. (Straying from what it originally was meant to be perhaps, but nonetheless, what it is today.) 

I am not trying to un-justify your offense to this particular costume (it isn’t something I would ever wear) but perhaps think of it this way:

Let’s say someone, a non-native american, really likes the Disney movie ‘Pocahontas’ and wants to dress up as the titular character for Halloween. (We all know that Pocahontas isn’t exactly an accurate portrayal of the real story but let’s set that aside for now.) Or maybe even dressing up as Tiger Lily to accompany a friend’s Peter Pan costume.

Would you consider this to be racist or offensive?

You say there is no excuse for anyone to dress up in the aesthetic of any race or culture but the fact of the matter is, it happens all the time, with every kind of culture + race, and I don’t think it is ever really meant to be harmful in the way you are perceiving it. Spirit halloween is shitty for plenty of reasons though, and it shows in a lot of their costumes as well. Especially anything accompanied with the word “sexy”… and everyone knows nothing is accurately designed or portrayed. All I am trying to say is that I personally believe there are a few exceptions to your claim.

Actually, let’s talk about Pocahontas and Tiger Lily for a second
They’re both problematic characters for many reasons
I have a problem with Matoaka’s (Pocahontas’ real name) portrayal mainly because of the inaccuracy. She was a child when she met John Smith. She’s hypersexualized in her short buckskin dress and made to look like an older woman. Indeed it is not necessarily problematic to wear a costume that is 100 percent identical to the movie, but it does not sit right with me.

Tiger Lily on the otherhand, doesn’t speak throughout the entirety of her scenes.
The “Why is the Red Man Red?” segment had me squirming awkwardly everytime I would see it. It’s not fun watching blatant racism being thrown in your face at such a young age. (If you don’t think that was one of the most offensive scenes you can fuck right off)

Costumes and representations that hypersexualize and demean native women perpetuate violence. Violence among indigenous women is an epidemic that has been overlooked throughout time. Harmful stereotypes in the media play a significant part in violence amongst indigenous women.

1 in 3 native women will be raped in her lifetime. 70 percent of abusers are non-native people.
1,186 reported cases of missing indigenous women in Canada has called for a national inquiry that is STILL overlooked

Overall, this is extremely toxic. Cultural appropriation should not occur as a basis for costumes. There are so many other creative and original ideas one can muster up, but using race and culture stings like no other.

Hypersexualised? Yes. That costume above does that, and it’s wrong. But, as an official Member of the Cherokee Nation, there is nothing offensive about someone dressing up as a Native American. In fact, if done tastefully and in the right spirit, it’s an imitation, and imitation is the SINCEREST form of flattery. Think about it, someone finds inspiration from that way of life. It’s flattery!

It wouldn’t be offensive if a member of another ethnic group dressed up as a white character, would it? No. Dressing up is an expression of awe and admiration.

Disney’s Pocahontas was inaccurate, but the real story/history is probably more offensive to people on Tumblr considering she chose of her own free will to marry a white man, take on a white woman’s name, converted to Christianity (which is not a white man’s religion since Christ would not have been white, but very, very dark haired and exceedingly dark skinned and Christianity accepts any and all ethnic diversity), and then decided to move to a white man’s country. She did that without being forced… choosing to become a part of another culture. It was her choice. It made her happy. 

So, you can’t complain Disney was racist in making Pocahontas inaccurate, SINCE the character didn’t change her ways or her culture or religion in the movie. It made many anti-racist statements by Pocahontas telling John Smith she wasn’t going to change her ways but remain true to her people, and by calling him out for calling her a savage just because she wasn’t a part of his culture. So, logically, that’s not racism. That’s the antithesis. Was she sexualised? Yes. But all women of every race are sexualised by Hollywood and the media. It’s a problem that affects us all.  

BUT, I do see how the ‘What Makes the Red Man Red’ song can be seen offensively. I’m Native American, my ancestors walked the Trail of Tears, and I don’t find the song offensive… to myself PERSONALLY. And I have family who suffered in the Trail of Tears. But I don’t blame people who find that particular song offensive.

If we really want racism to end, and AGAIN… THIS is being said by a member of the Cherokee Nation (I have an Indian card, and I got my wisdom teeth cut out for FREE because of my heritage. It’s LEGIT. I get exemptions for my taxes and exempt from ObamaCare because I’m Native American) there needs to be an element of forgiveness. Bitterness and anger is not going to solve anything. It creates a bigger problem. Let’s face it, it’s possible for Native Americans to be prejudice towards others too. It’s a two way street. Hitler (a white man) committed grossly racist acts of murder against… who? Oh yeah, a white culture: German Jews.

So, the step towards healing and real equality begins with forgiveness and letting go of bitterness. I’m a freaking Native American myself. I can say this legitimately. White people who aren’t Native Americans have the right to not being treated with discrimination either. They are human themselves. They suffer all sorts of bad, horrible things too. In some sense we segregate ourselves… and make a situation worse than it is.

But hypersexualised is something that happens to ALL woman. We have it in the superhero world (*cough, cough*… Black Widow), the video game world… and every time a woman strips down for a movie (*cough, cough* Game of Thrones). It’s WHY I protest pole dancing, stripping, and pornography. It dehumanises women and makes them an object just for a man’s pleasure. Sure, women have the right to that vocation… it is their choice; but they’re objectifying themselves and catering to men’s lusts. It hypersexualises a woman just as much as this costume does.

What the fuck did I just read??
😂😂😂

1. Everybody and their grandma’s cat claims to be Cherokee

2. Matoaka didn’t choose to marry John Rolfe in real life. She was kidnapped.

3. Healing and equality begin with the people that fucked up (read: oppressors) admitting what they did and learning WHY what they did was fucked up.

What the fuck is with idiots claiming we should feel flattered? How about you stop pandering to white people and stop telling us how we should feel?

If some white twit wants to pay me a compliment, they better work to sincerely find out what makes me actually feel honoured. If they really cared, they wouldn’t be stepping all over my people and our culture.

Stop being selfish and racist about this Halloween fake-ass bull.

I just want to state that, I am Native American and Japanese you don’t see me getting all fucking ass hurt for white people or any other colors wanting to go to Japan or liking my culture. It kinda makes me mad but at the same time it’s whatever. Also I see nothing wrong with someone dressing up as anything. The women on the left is dressing like a fucking white person but you don’t see white people getting all pissed. So yeah stfu stop giving our people bad names when it’s our job to be the caring one.

P.s I love white women.

unfollow me

@pardon-my-dust

Ugh I hate when I have to be disgusted and ashamed of one of my own, but yuck. Unfollowed.

P.S. Good for you because we sure as fuck don’t want you.


i-need-that-seat:

pseudosoph:

i-need-that-seat:


For structures that have no entry steps, ConvertaStep also makes ramps of three sizes that come in a manual as well as automatic version.
(via ConvertaStep | Wheelchair Accessibility | Ramps | Convertastep - Freedom In Mobility)

This welcome mat converts into a fully accessible wheelchair ramp. Beautiful and functional design. I want it.

Some more info, for people who are interested.

First of all, I can’t believe this has almost 3,000 notes. I’m so glad that people are sharing this - both as a cool design, and also as an important accessibility feature.
Thanks to pseudosoph for linking to additional info (above) regarding weight limits, lift height, and product background — the creator is a wheelchair user himself! Very cool stuff. Keep sharing!

i-need-that-seat:

pseudosoph:

i-need-that-seat:

For structures that have no entry steps, ConvertaStep also makes ramps of three sizes that come in a manual as well as automatic version.

(via ConvertaStep | Wheelchair Accessibility | Ramps | Convertastep - Freedom In Mobility)

This welcome mat converts into a fully accessible wheelchair ramp. Beautiful and functional design. I want it.

Some more info, for people who are interested.

First of all, I can’t believe this has almost 3,000 notes. I’m so glad that people are sharing this - both as a cool design, and also as an important accessibility feature.

Thanks to pseudosoph for linking to additional info (above) regarding weight limits, lift height, and product background — the creator is a wheelchair user himself! Very cool stuff. Keep sharing!

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Vegan dirty talk

klingondays:

I want to adopt a rescue puppy with you and make you pasta.

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the-pizza-lich:

sonofbaldwin:

Apparently, Americans like white Jesus, but not brown Allah.

I saw the officials of NFL say he should not have been penalized in the statement they read on the view today. Hopefully we get a followup though. I hope the ref is fined and penalized bc he’s the one who made that call.

the-pizza-lich:

sonofbaldwin:

Apparently, Americans like white Jesus, but not brown Allah.

I saw the officials of NFL say he should not have been penalized in the statement they read on the view today. Hopefully we get a followup though. I hope the ref is fined and penalized bc he’s the one who made that call.

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hussieologist:

melanatedcontributions:

The Taino Indians Native Americans of the CaribbeanThe Taino Indians: Native Americans of the Caribbean"Who are the Tainos? The U.S. Government says they are extinct, but they are not. Most likely you might know them as Latinos, a Spanish speaking person of Latin American (the Spanish speaking part of the Americas, south of the U.S.) descent. Not all, but many modern day Tainos are unaware of their lineage. To understand how that could happen you must know the story from the beginning.Approximately 1,500 years ago, the Arawak people of South America began migrating northward along the many scattered islands located between South and North America, an area we now refer to as the Caribbean. For a thousand years their population grew and the people lived in harmony. The people covered all the islands of the Caribbean, the major ones as they are now known: Cuba, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola as well as all the smaller ones: the Bahamas, Bimini, Jamaica etc. Certain groups of island people identified themselves as Lokono, Lucayan, Carib, Ciboney, Arawak, but most islands were primarily inhabited by people who called themselves Taino, which stood for “the good people” in their language. The different groups intermarried extensively to strengthen ties amongst themselves.Theirs was a beautiful culture. They were aware of a Divine presence whom they called Yocahu, and to worship and give thanks was a major part of their lives. They had a social order that provided the leaders and guidelines by which they all lived. They hunted, fished, cultivated crops and ate the abundant fruits provided by nature. They were clever and ingenious and had everything they needed to survive. They had beautiful ceremonies that were held at various times - birth, death, marriage, harvest, naming and coming of age, to name a few. They had special reverence for the Earth Mother (Atabey) and had respect for all living things knowing that all living things are connected. There was little need for clothing due to the tropic heat, but upon reaching puberty both males and females would wear a small woven loincloth. Puberty was also the time at which they were considered old enough to be married. The population estimates for the Taino people at the height of their culture are as high as 8,000,000. That was in 1492….In 1492, the Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, was loaned three small, old ships from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain for a questionable voyage across the sea in which he hoped to reach India or China. Although Marco Polo had sailed around the world 300 years earlier, and the Norsemen 500 years earlier, there were few sailors willing to sail into the unknown, so the King and Queen released some prisoners early to accompany Columbus on the voyage. On October 12, 1492 after two months at sea Columbus and his crew finally spotted land. Upon reaching the land, Columbus fell to his knees, thanked God for a safe voyage and planted a flag in the ground, claiming the land for Spain - as the Tainos who had lived there for 1,000 years watched from behind trees and bushes.The Taino had never before seen white men, clothed people, people with beards or ships like that - they thought these people must be from heaven. So the Taino came out to greet them, as was their custom, and brought the travelers - who surely must have been tired and hungry - food, drink and gifts. Such strong swimmers were the Taino that some of them swam right out to the boats some three miles offshore.That very first night Columbus wrote in his journal that these islands were very heavily populated by a handsome, strong, well-built and peaceful people who had only simple weapons and that with as few as 50 of his men and their weapons he could take over. Much is said about Columbus’ desire to convert the “savages” to Christianity, but very little is said about his quest for gold, although Columbus mentions gold in his journal 70 times in his first two weeks in the islands. The very first day, Columbus “took” several Native boys aboard his ship to show him where the gold was.Columbus spent the next two months looking for gold. Just when he was about to return to Spain, on Christmas Eve his ship the Santa Maria ran aground and sank. The Taino people helped him to retrieve every salvageable item. A problem arose in that now all the sailors who had accompanied Columbus could not fit on the two remaining (and smaller) ships. So a fort was built using the salvaged wood from the Santa Maria and 39 men were left behind at a fort Columbus called La Navidad. Shortly thereafter, Columbus set sail for Spain, taking some of the Natives and birds, food and plants to show the King and Queen.Columbus was received in a manner never before seen and his stories of the “New World” were listened to with awe. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella immediately gave Columbus seventeen large ships, livestock &amp; supplies to return to their newly acquired lands and colonize them. This time there was no shortage of men willing to sign up for the ocean voyage: 1,200 men eagerly signed up for the voyage and the chance to get rich quick on the gold to be found in the New World.Upon arrival at La Navidad in the second voyage, Columbus found the fort burned to the ground and all 39 of the men he had left behind had been killed. It seems the sailors left behind had “misbehaved” as our history books tell it, but their “misbehaving” was in often in the form of rape of the local women and children and theft of anything they saw that they wanted.One of the local leaders - or Kasikes as they were called - named Caonabo, had met with the other leaders and all but one agreed that men who were gods would never have behaved in the manner the Spanish had, and they decided the Spaniards had to go, and so they eliminated the Spaniards and the threat they posed to their people.Columbus vowed to find Caonabo and retaliate. From that point on, life as the Taino knew it ended. Columbus forced all of them over the age of 14 to work in the gold mines searching for gold for the Spaniards. Those who refused were killed. Those who did not make their quota of gold had their hands cut off and were left to bleed to death. Taino women were given to Spaniards to do with whatever they wished. The fields, unattended, failed to yield enough food for the Taino (and the Spaniards whose supplies had run out). All were hungry. Many Taino starved to death, others were worked to death. They were beaten, tortured, raped, enslaved and murdered. Columbus found Caonabo - they tricked him in order to capture him - and he was put on a ship that was sent to Spain and was never heard from again.When the time came for Columbus to return to Spain, he did not have nearly enough gold to pay for his expedition, so he had his men round up 1,000 of the very biggest and strongest Taino. They found they could only fit 500 of them in the stinking holds of the ships, so Columbus took those 500 aboard to be sold at the slave market in Seville to raise money to repay the King and Queen, and he gave the other 500 Taino to Spanish colonists. Over 250 of the Taino died en route to Spain, and their bodies were tossed overboard.When Columbus returned for the third time, not much had changed, there was still little gold. The colonists brutally forced the Taino to look for it. The food shortages were so severe it was said that the Spaniards fed Taino babies to their dogs. The mood among the Taino was one of complete and utter helplessness and desperation. Some took their own lives to escape the brutalities and indignities. The colonists, failing to get rich quick as they had hoped, threatened to revolt against Columbus. Word got back to the King and Queen of the situation and Columbus was sent back to Spain in chains to stand trial for his “mismanagement” of the islands. He was stripped of his titles and all claims to the lands he had “discovered” (to those who had lived in the islands and thought they had discovered them, he would always be known as the “invader”).He lived to make a fourth voyage to the islands. The people there, once proud and strong, were reduced from an estimated 8 million to 60 thousand in 10 years’ time. Those that remained ran up high in the densely forested hills and mountains and hid.But, they survived. Many later married Spaniards; others married the African slaves that Columbus’ ships later brought in to replace the decimated Taino work force. You can see the existence of all three races in the faces of many modern day Caribbean peoples - but they all fall under the category of “Latino”. If you look at maps, many areas still retain their original indigenous place-names. If you listen to the language, you will still hear many indigenous words used. And although the Caribbean has be explored and exploited again and again by the many greedy adventurers who have passed through, many of the customs practiced by the Taino are still in use and a big part of the culture throughout the Caribbean today.What is the logic behind the government giving a man credit for discovering lands that were already densely populated, and honoring that same man whose actions had the devastating consequences of slavery and death to so many people, with one of our eight federal holidays (i.e. holy day)? Or, is there any logic at all there?And, why are the Taino people, who do still exist in spite of what you may be told, denied legal federal recognition? And, why are Native Americans, who have given so much to the formation of this country, still not honored with a federal holiday of their own?Please do more than think about this… do something about this….. let’s all work together to end the insult and injustice to the people who have truly paid the highest possible price for the land in which we all live today.”

They are so beautiful.

hussieologist:

melanatedcontributions:

The Taino Indians 
Native Americans of the Caribbean

The Taino Indians: Native Americans of the Caribbean

"Who are the Tainos? The U.S. Government says they are extinct, but they are not. Most likely you might know them as Latinos, a Spanish speaking person of Latin American (the Spanish speaking part of the Americas, south of the U.S.) descent. Not all, but many modern day Tainos are unaware of their lineage. To understand how that could happen you must know the story from the beginning.

Approximately 1,500 years ago, the Arawak people of South America began migrating northward along the many scattered islands located between South and North America, an area we now refer to as the Caribbean. For a thousand years their population grew and the people lived in harmony. The people covered all the islands of the Caribbean, the major ones as they are now known: Cuba, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola as well as all the smaller ones: the Bahamas, Bimini, Jamaica etc. Certain groups of island people identified themselves as Lokono, Lucayan, Carib, Ciboney, Arawak, but most islands were primarily inhabited by people who called themselves Taino, which stood for “the good people” in their language. The different groups intermarried extensively to strengthen ties amongst themselves.

Theirs was a beautiful culture. They were aware of a Divine presence whom they called Yocahu, and to worship and give thanks was a major part of their lives. They had a social order that provided the leaders and guidelines by which they all lived. They hunted, fished, cultivated crops and ate the abundant fruits provided by nature. They were clever and ingenious and had everything they needed to survive. They had beautiful ceremonies that were held at various times - birth, death, marriage, harvest, naming and coming of age, to name a few. They had special reverence for the Earth Mother (Atabey) and had respect for all living things knowing that all living things are connected. There was little need for clothing due to the tropic heat, but upon reaching puberty both males and females would wear a small woven loincloth. Puberty was also the time at which they were considered old enough to be married. The population estimates for the Taino people at the height of their culture are as high as 8,000,000. That was in 1492….

In 1492, the Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, was loaned three small, old ships from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain for a questionable voyage across the sea in which he hoped to reach India or China. Although Marco Polo had sailed around the world 300 years earlier, and the Norsemen 500 years earlier, there were few sailors willing to sail into the unknown, so the King and Queen released some prisoners early to accompany Columbus on the voyage. On October 12, 1492 after two months at sea Columbus and his crew finally spotted land. Upon reaching the land, Columbus fell to his knees, thanked God for a safe voyage and planted a flag in the ground, claiming the land for Spain - as the Tainos who had lived there for 1,000 years watched from behind trees and bushes.

The Taino had never before seen white men, clothed people, people with beards or ships like that - they thought these people must be from heaven. So the Taino came out to greet them, as was their custom, and brought the travelers - who surely must have been tired and hungry - food, drink and gifts. Such strong swimmers were the Taino that some of them swam right out to the boats some three miles offshore.

That very first night Columbus wrote in his journal that these islands were very heavily populated by a handsome, strong, well-built and peaceful people who had only simple weapons and that with as few as 50 of his men and their weapons he could take over. Much is said about Columbus’ desire to convert the “savages” to Christianity, but very little is said about his quest for gold, although Columbus mentions gold in his journal 70 times in his first two weeks in the islands. The very first day, Columbus “took” several Native boys aboard his ship to show him where the gold was.

Columbus spent the next two months looking for gold. Just when he was about to return to Spain, on Christmas Eve his ship the Santa Maria ran aground and sank. The Taino people helped him to retrieve every salvageable item. A problem arose in that now all the sailors who had accompanied Columbus could not fit on the two remaining (and smaller) ships. So a fort was built using the salvaged wood from the Santa Maria and 39 men were left behind at a fort Columbus called La Navidad. Shortly thereafter, Columbus set sail for Spain, taking some of the Natives and birds, food and plants to show the King and Queen.

Columbus was received in a manner never before seen and his stories of the “New World” were listened to with awe. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella immediately gave Columbus seventeen large ships, livestock & supplies to return to their newly acquired lands and colonize them. This time there was no shortage of men willing to sign up for the ocean voyage: 1,200 men eagerly signed up for the voyage and the chance to get rich quick on the gold to be found in the New World.

Upon arrival at La Navidad in the second voyage, Columbus found the fort burned to the ground and all 39 of the men he had left behind had been killed. It seems the sailors left behind had “misbehaved” as our history books tell it, but their “misbehaving” was in often in the form of rape of the local women and children and theft of anything they saw that they wanted.

One of the local leaders - or Kasikes as they were called - named Caonabo, had met with the other leaders and all but one agreed that men who were gods would never have behaved in the manner the Spanish had, and they decided the Spaniards had to go, and so they eliminated the Spaniards and the threat they posed to their people.

Columbus vowed to find Caonabo and retaliate. From that point on, life as the Taino knew it ended. Columbus forced all of them over the age of 14 to work in the gold mines searching for gold for the Spaniards. Those who refused were killed. Those who did not make their quota of gold had their hands cut off and were left to bleed to death. Taino women were given to Spaniards to do with whatever they wished. The fields, unattended, failed to yield enough food for the Taino (and the Spaniards whose supplies had run out). All were hungry. Many Taino starved to death, others were worked to death. They were beaten, tortured, raped, enslaved and murdered. Columbus found Caonabo - they tricked him in order to capture him - and he was put on a ship that was sent to Spain and was never heard from again.

When the time came for Columbus to return to Spain, he did not have nearly enough gold to pay for his expedition, so he had his men round up 1,000 of the very biggest and strongest Taino. They found they could only fit 500 of them in the stinking holds of the ships, so Columbus took those 500 aboard to be sold at the slave market in Seville to raise money to repay the King and Queen, and he gave the other 500 Taino to Spanish colonists. Over 250 of the Taino died en route to Spain, and their bodies were tossed overboard.

When Columbus returned for the third time, not much had changed, there was still little gold. The colonists brutally forced the Taino to look for it. The food shortages were so severe it was said that the Spaniards fed Taino babies to their dogs. The mood among the Taino was one of complete and utter helplessness and desperation. Some took their own lives to escape the brutalities and indignities. The colonists, failing to get rich quick as they had hoped, threatened to revolt against Columbus. Word got back to the King and Queen of the situation and Columbus was sent back to Spain in chains to stand trial for his “mismanagement” of the islands. He was stripped of his titles and all claims to the lands he had “discovered” (to those who had lived in the islands and thought they had discovered them, he would always be known as the “invader”).

He lived to make a fourth voyage to the islands. The people there, once proud and strong, were reduced from an estimated 8 million to 60 thousand in 10 years’ time. Those that remained ran up high in the densely forested hills and mountains and hid.

But, they survived. Many later married Spaniards; others married the African slaves that Columbus’ ships later brought in to replace the decimated Taino work force. You can see the existence of all three races in the faces of many modern day Caribbean peoples - but they all fall under the category of “Latino”. If you look at maps, many areas still retain their original indigenous place-names. If you listen to the language, you will still hear many indigenous words used. And although the Caribbean has be explored and exploited again and again by the many greedy adventurers who have passed through, many of the customs practiced by the Taino are still in use and a big part of the culture throughout the Caribbean today.

What is the logic behind the government giving a man credit for discovering lands that were already densely populated, and honoring that same man whose actions had the devastating consequences of slavery and death to so many people, with one of our eight federal holidays (i.e. holy day)? Or, is there any logic at all there?

And, why are the Taino people, who do still exist in spite of what you may be told, denied legal federal recognition? And, why are Native Americans, who have given so much to the formation of this country, still not honored with a federal holiday of their own?

Please do more than think about this… do something about this….. let’s all work together to end the insult and injustice to the people who have truly paid the highest possible price for the land in which we all live today.”

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