Thinking about Thanksgiving, Standing Rock, and how “white man” has notoriously always taken whatever they want

Due to schedules our family will be celebrating Thanksgiving this evening with a feast.  We will have close friends and loved ones sitting around the table with us, and we will celebrate freedom and gratitude for all that life has gifted us.  And although this is my primary focus whenever I celebrate Thanksgiving, whether it be in October for the Canadian one, or November with our youngest who returns from California for her chance to celebrate; I can’t help but feel a little bit sad for all the damage we, white people, have done along the way.  Reading about Standing Rock, and how we’re repeating a bad part of our history all over again, attempting to take what isn’t ours, using force, and brutality to do it has me meditating on how “we” need to take “no” for an answer, and how “we” need to honor those who already live on the land.

I mean, if somebody were to decide that they wanted to come and live in my house, or take over my property to run a pipeline, or something that I didn’t want, would I stand idly by and simply allow them to do so?

No.  No I would not.  With this in mind we also should not stand idly by and allow government and big money to disrupt the land/homes of thousands of people just because we want what we want.  We’ve done this in the past and it was the wrong way back then, we’re supposedly more “evolved” now which makes this sort of behavior even more despicable.  It is 2016 after all people, let’s not do this again, not now.  We must stand together against racism, hatred and greed.  Nobody can fight alone.

Alone

Maya Angelou, 19282014

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

3 Comments

  1. What Kate said. And more. I have been working with individuals who are going back and forth to Standing Rock. We are gathering supplies, we are in touch with those already there, and going out of our way to not get in the way. But, how can we expect anything other than what is happening in North Dakota when the U. S. won’t even address Flint, Michigan? Such a mess! Our President-Elect will turn this country upside down with the help of his rogue’s gallery. I fear for our national parks and the arctic.

    I am blessed to have a true Samoan kahuna as a friend. The entire time I have known him and his wife he has preached one main lesson: There is enough. What a thought to carry out into the world. Armed with this there is no need for greed or thoughtless competition. There is enough. The world was originally designed to take care of her own, if we let her.

    Take care, blessings to you and your family. You can’t undo the past, but you can endeavor to make things better moving forward. You are already doing that. 🙂

    Rosemary

  2. Dear Shantelle:

    I wish you and you loved ones a fabulous Thanksgiving. Thank you for your daily musings, I so look forward and enjoy them! Your loving, positive, no bullshit approach to this life warms my heart!
    God bless you all!
    Sincerely
    Theresa

  3. History of the British Empire is the stuff of nightmares. We cannot undo the wrongs, and truth be told, had it been an African Empire subjecting the world, it would have been just as exploitive. Human nature. So don’t waste time feeling guilty, do something. And you are with your charities, your support of Canadian broadcast industries. I’m marching in DC with my 2 daughters and a couple of cousins. We’ll range in age from nearly 70 to 25. Trump does not get a pass just because he managed to get elected. 3 generations of Kendall women are going to be in his face for the next 4 years, for sure. (I wasn’t a hippie for nothing 😉

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