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This Attitude Lingers On In Too Many

08 Feb

The excerpt is from the Supporting South Dakota Reservations Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SupportSDrez?ref=stream .  The attitude toward the “lesser” races displayed by Mr. Baum was not an aberration in his day and sadly it is not that much of an aberration today. As Mr. Baum so eloquently expressed it, “The Whites, by the law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent”, and they have every intention of remaining so 

Not all that different from some of the rhetoric we’re hearing today, the difference being that the darker skinned “enemies” these days “threaten” from without instead of within but the white “masters” still jockey to maintain their alleged position of supremacy over the “miserable wretches” not fortunate enough to have been born white and… in the case of the ones actually running the show these days… rich.  

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Did you know: L. Frank Baum ADVOCATED The Extermination Of Native Americans
There are not too many people who have not heard of the beloved childhood books “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (1900), and the sequel that followed, “The Marvelous Land of Oz” (1904), both written by a man named L. Frank Baum.

Before L. Frank Baum wrote the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, he held the editors chair at a weekly newspaper called “The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer” in South Dakota in the early 1890’s, during the time of the “Indian Wars.” Baum filled the pages of his newspaper with passionate essays, political poetry, satirical humor, and some of the most exuberant and inventive local reporting ever seen during that time period.

When L. Frank Baum learned of the killing of Sitting Bull and the massacre at Wounded Knee, his editorials took a severe turn, revealing his true character and he began filling his pages with editorials calling for the “killing each and every last Native American.”  Here is a part of just ONE of the editorials he wrote after he learned of the death of Sitting Bull:

The proud spirit of the original owners of these vast prairies inherited through centuries of fierce and bloody wars for their possessions, lingered last in the bosom of Sitting Bull. With Sitting Bull’s fall, the nobility of the Redskin has been extinguished, and what few are left are a pack of whining curs who lick the hand that smites them. The Whites, by the 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. Just why not annihilation? Their glory has already fled, their spirits are broken, their manhood effaced; it is better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are.”

This is the attitude of the American Plutocracy and has been since the first white man stepped onto these shores.  Kind of like cutting off someone’s arms and legs and then deciding that with no arms or legs and therefore no “visible means of support” he now has neither place nor function in the overall scheme of things and might as well be put out of the misery you yourself created for him, a fairly common philosophy among certain political circles, even today.

Many of Mr.. Baum’s writings for young people contain just such supremacist references veiled in the simple rhetoric of the day in which racism and bigotry were simply an everyday part of the white way of life.  This was true of many if not most of the white authors and journalists of the period, a period that extended well into the 20th century.  Indeed the attitudes displayed by Mr. Baum and his contemporaries towards not only American natives but also Blacks and Asians, have never really gone away but were merely submerged one by one in, if not a sea, then at least  a shallow lake of public opinion during the last half of the 20th century when we had the “evil empire” to fulfill the role as the primary source of fear by which the oligarchs maintain their control over a people that outnumber them a hundred to one.

Today, white male supremacy wrapped in a blanket of jingoism and  “exceptionalism” is again openly on the rise, prompted and driven as always by the need of the plutocracy to have a big old scary wolf waiting just outside your door to pounce at the slightest crack and devour you and your babies so that you’ll happily surrender the few freedoms and liberties you have left in order that the plutocrats can protect you from him. 

Today the “enemy” is simply anyone the rich white Christian male power structure sees as a threat to their position which means just about anyone who doesn’t agree that they are entitled to rule simply because of who they are and what they’ve managed to steal from the rest of us.  And as always, it remains easier to channel the fear and anger toward those who actually look different or sound different because the last thing you want is for your sheep to have to be thinking about why they’re supposed to hate these “others”, otherwise, they might not hate them at all.

I often reflect on the fact that this country has existed for over two hundred years now and not a damned thing has changed.  Having… by way of Mr. Baum’s “Law of Conquest” and means not that far short of genocide… fulfilled our “manifest destiny” and become “masters of the American continent” our ruling class now seeks to make itself masters of just about anywhere there’s something worth taking and they’re willing to sacrifice anything YOU have to get what THEY want including your way of life and even your kids.

Are you really willing to let that happen?   

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