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Archive for Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Letter: Civil rights issue

July 24, 2013

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To the editor:

In 1975-76, I lived in Jonesville, La. Jonesville was built upon a Troyville Cultural Site dating from 100 BC to 700 AD. It was a multiple mound site with the second tallest mound in North America. This mound was destroyed in the name of progress by Gov. Huey Long in 1931 for a bridge across the Black River. Seventy-four years later, people there realize this horrible mistake as sites like Winterville, Marksville and Poverty Point survive and people see them as historical places of importance while Jonesville wonders “what if.”

I’ve spent since 1998 fighting the South Lawrence Trafficway, and many others fought longer than I did. This miscarriage of justice was built upon ignoring indigenous peoples and their connections to this land pre-America. The history of Haskell involves the cultural and spiritual oppression of indigenous peoples and this oppression bore itself out with all of the ignorant comments I witnessed online over the years and Christian denominations with their history of being tools of American assimilation for the U.S. government. “Killing the Indian to save the man” in the days when the Methodist Church ran Haskell in the late 19th century. This road will be just another reminder of American hypocrisy as an indigenous place of worship is destroyed and a four-walled church is revered.

This road is a black eye on the civil rights record of Lawrence. We won’t forget it.

Comments

Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

the feds gave the go ahead because this process began during the bush administration. the bush administration didn't care anymore about this than you do with your flippant comments.

50YearResident 1 year, 6 months ago

Isn't the days of Cowboys and Indians fighting over? It's time to move on. Welcome to modern day America, your membership has been accepted. Your permanent card only has to be verified. Sign and return your membership.

Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

American mythology again. isn't it all mythology?

Shane Garrett 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes, we have moved on. America is playing Cowboys and Afghans.

Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

it's funny you say that. I remember going up to KU to hear professors from the Fort Leavenworth Military College speak about teaching military science and tactics. they sounded straight out of the plains Indian Wars and used terms like finding the friendlies and warm hearts and minds which sounded like counter insurgency nonsense. I hear the words tribal zone about Afghanistan and Pakistan and I remember how misguided this stuff sounded at KU.

Mike Ford 1 year, 6 months ago

naw it would be Massachusett or Wampanoag tribal land as it should be.

HootyWho 1 year, 6 months ago

what civil rights record? Lawrence is just as bigoted as the rest of Kansas,,,we just like to think we aren't

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