UPDATE: See the end of this story for a stomach churning update.
February 6, 2010
By Jeff Parkinson
The Kahnawake reserve south of Montreal is about to take part in an ethnic cleansing that their chief says they’ve performed before. Although Grand Chief Mike Delisle insists that it’s “self preservation”, history records someone else who used such a slogan to excuse his unquestionably racist actions.
During a speech given on the 25th Anniversary of the Announcement of the National Socialist Party’s Program (Feb 24, 1945) Adolph Hitler stated “It is the sacred right of self-preservation. Whether this self-preservation will be successful depends solely on the greatness of our efforts and on willingness to make any sacrifice to preserve this life for the future.”
Sound innocuous to anyone? One of his next statements was “The crimes committed against our women and children and men by this Jewish plague are the most terrible fate ever conceived by human beings.” (1)
During an interview with the Canadian Press, Chief Delisle stated “This isn’t about ethnic cleansing. It’s about self-preservation.”
If you live in the Mohawk territory and your race is anything but Native, you are being served an eviction notice in the coming week. If you were Jewish in what the Nazi’s considered their territory during WWII you were equally likely to be served an eviction notice.
There is a significant difference between where a person evicted during this racist cleansing and those evicted during WWII will wind up, but the ideology is startlingly similar. In an attempt to excuse this behavior, the Chief pointed out that “the contentious issue of the eviction of non-natives is not new, noting that it has come up in the past – in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.”
So long as it’s been done before, it must be ok right?
A quick examination of history tells us that attempts at this form of self preservation never lead to wholesome good times for anyone.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, ethnic cleansing is defined as “the attempt to create ethnically homogeneous geographic areas through the deportation or forcible displacement of persons belonging to particular ethnic groups, cleansing sometimes involves the removal of all physical vestiges of the targeted group through the destruction of monuments, cemeteries, and houses of worship. ”(2)
The Turks killed some 800,000 Armenians during an attempt at ethnic cleansing beginning in 1915.
Jews were slaughtered in the 1910’s in Ukraine before being nearly exterminated during the holocaust.
Cambodians were purged by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s
Bosnian Muslims were massacred in the 1990’s. I’ve been unable to find any definitive tally of the dead but the consensus seems to range from 600,000 to 2,000,000.
An estimated 800,000 of the Tutsi minority were slaughtered by the Hutu majority in Rwanda in 1994 in just 100 days. This was the result of civil war between two similar races of people who believed themselves better than the other.
Supremacy be it White, Black, French, Japanese, Tutsi, Hutu, or Native can never lead to anything but suffering, yet we allow it in our society so long as the skin color of the supremacist is claimed to be red.
These are just some examples of ethnic cleansing recognized by the United Nations. The same UN that the Natives have often claimed would vindicate them and recognize them as a sovereign nation (to avoid accountability to Canadian law). Were this cleansing being carried out by anyone else in our Country, there is no doubt that as a society we would condemn it instantly and intervene.
Why then is it acceptable to Canadians that the Mohawks are about to perform ritualistic racism in our backyard? I believe there are several reasons. The reserve system, the Indian act, residential schools, and white privilege.
In one of many failed attempts to deal with Canada’s Natives, we created a reserve system in which we hoarded people of a certain race onto parcels of property and said here’s your home, stay put and we’ll pay you. Leave the reserve and you’re on your own.
The Indian act is an abomination. Our government not only recognizes, but defines these people based strictly on their race. It would be completely unacceptable to have a Negro act, an Asian act, a Jewish act, or a Muslim act, but because it’s Natives we for some reason turn a blind eye. It’s an embarrassment to our society.
Residential schools have given Natives in Canada something to hold over our heads forever, and have left many with some sense of guilt for something we weren’t involved in and would never have condoned. Governments long gone did something deplorable and as a society we feel we must atone for that forever. Our current Federal government has apologized publicly and is in the process of compensating victims, but that’s not good enough for many.
White privilege is something that CANACE intends to take a close look at in the near future, but the basic concept is that white people can never be victims of anything at the hands of a minority. It’s a disgusting and racist doctrine that has invaded high levels of our government and society. Once upon a time, white people did bad things in the name of the same kind of self preservation that the Mohawks are now openly admitting to, so now those of us who were born with a certain color of skin must be allowed to suffer.
Some will make the argument that because this is taking place on a Mohawk reserve, it’s legal and therefore not a problem. One could debate that issue, but I’m reminded of a statement by Martin Luther King jr. “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
Although we like to consider ourselves a highly civilized society, I think it’s clear that we have a long way to go so long as we allow the concept of supremacy and the ideology of hate to fester in our communities while turning a blind eye.
Update: Just when I thought it could not get any more disgusting, I laid eyes on a column in the National Post which reads in part;
“Kahnawake law is clear that racial inter-mingling is forbidden on the reserve. Since 1981, a moratorium on mixed marriages has said that any Kahnawake Mohawk who marries a non-native will lose the right to live on the reserve. The principle was reinforced in a 2004 Membership Law, which was aimed at “fulfilling our responsibility to defend our community and our Nation from external threat.”
“The federal Indian Act allows First Nations to establish rules for band membership, and a Department of Indian Affairs spokeswoman told La Presse this week that the eviction controversy is an internal Kahnawake matter.”
This means that our elected officials are complicit in this Nazi era, race based, ethnic cleansing nightmare taking place in our own backyard. Inter racial marriage was illegal in the Nazi regime just as it is on the Kahnawake reserve.
Another quote from the Post article is a statement from Chief Delisle.
“Grand Chief Mike Delisle said in an interview that Kahnawake takes a harder line on these issues than most other native communities. “There are other First Nations where, in my opinion, maybe it’s too late,” he said. “They have been overrun by outside marriage, and a lot of the community members as well as the leadership don’t possess the type of lineage that Kahnawake demands.” There are fears in Kahnawake of “complete integration” into Canadian society if nothing is done, he said.”
You can almost hear that screechy little bastard Hitler laughing knowing that his ideology lives on in a small community in Canada. I’ve long been all for basically letting the reserves police themselves but this is proof positive that we can’t just let any individual part of our collective govern itself any way it see’s fit. Clearly there are too many so called leaders who are completely demented, biggoted, racist maniacs.
I have never heard a more clear case against Native sovereignty than the one Chief Delisle just inadvertently made.