"Should Lauer have apologized? Did he see his error and acknowledge it honestly? His management team didn’t. They were contacted by ICTMN columnist and Native actor Sonny Skyhawk, and they said they see no harm and did not think it warranted an apology. I and many others view the advanced educational institutions Lauer attended also to be part and parcel of his mistake. Their failure to include the true, complete history of Native nations in the history of America’s beginning—or failure to examine the near-forced supplying of our vast natural resources for the voracious maintenance of the American Dream—is the ultimate act of an Indian giver: to only take and then forget." 'To only take and then forget.' Yes and you know yourself of the rote learning about Ndns that goes on from stereotypes, falsified media images and myths uncritically examined from generation to generation. But could we be overestimating the sophistication of the masses when television has been around for only a few decades? I recall when Obama used the example of his white grandmother and her use of the N word in front of him, he as a youth, showing how ingrained it (racism) could be. But, keep tight control of the media, and feed the masses what those whose interests the highly concentrated mainstream media serves - and maybe the masses and even their educational institutions' staff understanding - of such would be limited. a racist slight made by Lauer and others might then be overrated. In higher learning institutions, they are bombarded with knowledge and established scholars and sources whose works are probably more often than not, simply reiterated; reproduced in alternative words. No plagarism allowed. If the 99% were interested in understanding how and why our society is the way it is, they need to understand that it is now our collective lifeways that are threatened as a whole - given the relatively fast but effective long term planning that has led up to this point (of the wealthy protecting its property against the masses), and what colonization means. And that they are a big part of it given that they have the strength in numbers, their dollars and hard work is used to fund big interests -but the collective safety and security has turned into tighter control via technology a mere decade after 9/11. On the national scale, we have the 13 or 14 families at the top of the pyramid having their hands into everyting - including but not limited to the National Education Association in the U.S.A.? as well as the Canadian Test Learning Center in Canada dictating what our students will be indoctrinated with? Being part of the mainstream way of living and being..
Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 21:23