OUR NEVER MENTIONED AND MOST IGNORED MINORITY…
(…unless they happen to make a noise or become an obstructing public nuisance)

Our career politicos, especially those running for high office, make a big to-do about how they care for the minorities who are our fellow citizens. They all make big speeches about how they plan to help our “disadvantaged” African Americans, our “disadvantaged” Hispanic/Latino Americans, our somewhat less “disadvantaged” Asian Americans, along with a host of other “disadvantaged” ones such as refugees, or even those who cheat and game the system to come and reside here…illegally.

Along with all those Federal, State, and local politicos, there are also swarms of special advocacy groups (Black Lives Matter, La Raza, etc.) all clamoring for their share of attention to achieve the illusive American Dream. Yet, nowhere in any of our public debates or discussions about any of those minorities, do we ever hear one tiny peep about our indigenous Native Americans, our never mentioned and most ignored minority…unless they happen to make a noise or become an obstructing public nuisance (i.e. Alcatraz, Wounded Knee, and now at Standing Rock in North Dakota). It’s as if these fellow citizens of ours are invisible…or don’t exist.

In a way that may be true because after we herded all those still left standing after our conflicts with them onto “reservations”… that was a way of making them “invisible” and “non-existent” because, on such reservations, they’ve literally become out of sight and out of mind, as the rest of America has gone about its business of being…America. So they have been left behind to slowly wither on the vine, while our Federal officials, tasked with administering them, just wish they would hurry up and do so instead of continuing to be a constant irritating and nagging problem for them with no foreseeable resolution.

With these kinds of disdainful mindsets and grudging paternalistic perspectives about them, is it any wonder that Native Americans are the most “disadvantaged” of all our minorities?

So why are they always least mentioned, if ever, in our political process? Compared to the African American experience, or the relatively new Hispanic American one, and the even newer Asian and other minority groups’ experience, that of Native Americans has a much longer and much stronger historical claim for preference and redemption.

What we have with the current situation in North Dakota, where the planning process for the routing of that pipeline was determined with complete disregard for any potential negative consequences it might have on the lives of Native Americans living there…is a prime example of what we’ve described above. They were not just “invisible” but completely “non-existent” in that planning process.

Well, all of this reminds us of the closing lyrics from a little remembered satirical 1960’s Native American protest song:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

“Hang down your head, pale-faced man hang down your head in shame.                                                                  

Lying is your bag, man, cheating, is your game!                                                                                                          

And now you sing of glory, two hundred years you say.                                                                                      

But we’ve kept the reckoning, and you have a helluva bill to pay!                                                                    

Hang down you head pale-faced man hang down your head in shame.                                                        

Lying is your bag, man, cheating, is your game!”

And now you sing of glory, two hundred years you say.                                                                                      

But we’ve kept the reckoning, and you have a helluva bill to pay!                                                                    

Hang down you head pale-faced man hang down your head in shame.                                                        

Lying is your bag, man, cheating, is your game!”

But we’ve kept the reckoning, and you have a helluva bill to pay!                                                                    

Hang down you head pale-faced man hang down your head in shame.                                                        

Lying is your bag, man, cheating, is your game!”

And now you sing of glory, two hundred years you say.                                                                                      

But we’ve kept the reckoning, and you have a helluva bill to pay!                                                                    

Hang down you head pale-faced man hang down your head in shame.                                                        

Lying is your bag, man, cheating, is your game!”

But we’ve kept the reckoning, and you have a helluva bill to pay!                                                                    

Hang down you head pale-faced man hang down your head in shame.                                                        

Lying is your bag, man, cheating, is your game!”

Hang down you head pale-faced man hang down your head in shame.                                                        

Lying is your bag, man, cheating, is your game!”

Lying is your bag, man, cheating, is your game!”

Ironically everyone who isn’t a Native American…likes to claim they have a great-grandmother…who was one. Go figure!

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