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Opinion: GOP takes anti-government turn

I saw this mindset in my uncle from Mississippi. These people resented federal involvement with the troops at Ole Miss in 1962. They resented FBI involvement
with the murder of three voter rights workers near Philadelphia, MS, and the subsequent
disposal of the victim's car Mississippi Choctaw lands. The Nunih Waiya Choctaw Mound
and the Nunih Waiya Mennonite Missionary Church that the Klan burned to tell the Choctaw
people their place are places I've seen not far from where the burned Ford wagon was dumped. They coined the terms "Special Rights" to misinform their low information populace in spite of the fact that the 13th, 14, and 15th amendments passed in the 1860's granted these rights to former slaves allowing voting rights, equal protection under the law, and the right to bear arms. Jim Crow legislation and the Klan curtailed this legislation from the 1860's
to the 1960's. The states especially the southern ones used states rights advocates like Andrew Jackson to pass the 1830 Indian Removal Act to steal hundreds of millions of acres of land from the Choctaws, Cherokees, Seminoles, Chickasaws, and Muscogee and affiliated Creek Confederacy tribes. I love southerners who talk about the evils of big government and yet hijacked the federal government to push state's rights land taking legislation on Indian tribes with the power of the US government.

We're going through another cycle of states rights politicians being elected by Koch $ and low information voters to stymie and choke governmental function. I heard this Mississippi uncle say racist things and talk about stymieing the federal government so that integration couldn't continue. They still remember 1870's Republican carpetbaggers pushing anti slavery initiatives and putting an African/Lumbee Man, Hiram Revels, in the US Senate in Mississippi in the 1870's. President Harry Truman's Executive Order 9938 integrated the armed forces in 1948 and pushed southern Democrat racists like Orville Faubus, Jesse Helms, George Wallace, and Strom Thurmond as young men to split into the Dixiecrat party. My ex-grandfather claimed to be a Dixiecrat. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 caused many more southerners to leave the Democratic Party. Alabama Governor George Wallace ran on an
"Angry White Male" state's rights platform and when an assassination attempt was made the Nixon Campaign adopted the Southern Strategy which is in effect to this day for the GOP.
I infiltrated this culture as an educated kid in the 1970's and witnessed it and speak of it now. It's a shame that Kansas seeks to emulate one of the worst states in the Union, Mississippi.
It's a shame that I see stars and bars here in Kansas. I remember the 1970's. I remember a school I attended that had Majority Homecoming King and Queen and Minority Homecoming King and Queen. I remember Jonesville, Louisiana, not celebrating the 4th of July in 1976
because of the July 4th Siege of Vicksburg, MS, in 1863. This nonsense has to stop.

May 10, 2015 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County commissioner: Justice Matters event 'inappropriate'

My father who was a United Methodist minister for 37 years worked to finish chaplaincy requirements at Topeka State Hospital in 1992-93. After it closed due to GOP measures I saw many of the patients my father ministered to walking past places like the VA on Gage Avenue
yelling at trees and the like. Topeka had this state hospital and Menningers and was a model of mental health treatment. I saw Brett Farve as a patient at Menningers when I delivered food
to the staff doing my job in the early 1990's being treated for painkiller addiction from playing football hurt. Now there isn't a safety net. Why are we allowing those people who cheer at not helping a sick person in previous GOP presidential debates to dictate how these people should be treated? Isn't there enough heartlessness an selfishness already? This selfishness is what's pushing clergy to get involved because at some point someone has to have a conscience or been seen for what they really are.

May 7, 2015 at 2:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: History ignored

Like a conservative you never answer educated questions do you? little men under the bridge can never answer intelligent questions can they? not many of your politicians do so either. Recite the boogeyman principle that fuels the GOP constituency.

May 2, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: History ignored

It's easy disregard real history when one accuses others of hating a specific race. Republicans do this all the time by using comments as flak to redirect the conversation away from the real issue. The GOP has done this for seven years now with President Obama and you do this with me. Say something so outlandish that readers of this blog will pay more attention to your "Shooting for the moon" comment than anything I say. Fox News taught you well.

To take this conversation back to it's correct intent this is what I'm saying. I write a letter to the editor about how real history was ignored and an area was desecrated where young Native
people were held as captives and forced to work in these wetlands while their culture, language, and way of life, was made illegal at BIA boarding schools after 1886. A place
where becoming culturally White was drilled into them with fatal results. What right do European immigrants have to force the original inhabitants of this land to become
Christian and speak English? Chahta anumpa li. Chahta imanumpa ish anumpa la hinla ho?
Sa okla ut Chahta micha Bloxi micha Chalakee micha Nahollo. Oklahoma is a Choctaw word.
Tuscaloosa is a Choctaw word. Atchafalaya is a Choctaw word. Pensacola is from Pansh Falaya or Long Hair which was a clan of Choctaw people. Pascagoula from which my mom's
people lived means Bread People. You have no right to tell me to speak Nahollo anumpa.
This isn't about hating someone. This is about that someone or somebody being willfully
ignorant of how offensive their actions are. You want civility start being respectful of other cultures. Stop using that conquered race nonsense. Start treating people like people and see them as more than mascots borne of antiquated views. Understand how much the willful ignorance of indigenous peoples has led to places of cultural and historical significance being desecrated and destroyed. If you take the easy way out and not own this history and accuse me of being hateful because of willful ignorance what does that accomplish?

May 2, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: History ignored

No the little man who came out from under the bridge to scare people is in denial. These little men are complex critical thinkers.

May 1, 2015 at 8:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: History ignored

keep denying.....help lies in admission right? or changing the subject and ducking. I remember Reagan waving under a helicopter in denial three decades ago. One act goes a long way right?

May 1, 2015 at 7:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: History ignored

So many George Will devotees on here. George Will isn't very complex or critical. He just repeats that great Reagan mythology. The great Reagan mythology speaks of manifest destiny and William Rehnquist, a historically anti Indian racist US Supreme Court Justice
whom I read about in the book "Like a Loaded Weapon, The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights,
And The Legal History of Racism in America", by Lumbee Attorney and College Law Professor
Robert A. Williams, Jr. I hear all of this conquered race nonsense and I'm reminded of the
racist tones I heard and read about in SCOTUS legal briefs and this book. Antonin Scalia
still sounds this way on tribal cases in the US Supreme Court recently. The conquered race
stuff is straight Rehnquist that is used on here. When I sat in the Free State Auditorium earlier
this year and heard Mr. Boyd speak it was straight scientist with no regard for the history he desecrated or the indigenous people he offended. Some of the regional activists who had tables outside weren't happy with him either. Survival of the fittest means no regard for the laws or treaties. How respectful is it to lie, cheat, and steal, as a country and act lie it's no big deal to break your own laws? How respectful is it to abrogate treaties to further your theft?
Whether it's the theft of Kiowa lands that led to Lone Wolf V. Hitchcock or the chicanery
that led to the loss of the wetlands. Is there some rugged individualist pride in stealing lands?
denial goes a long way.

April 30, 2015 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: History ignored

Christianity came with expansion in many different denominations and these denominations were used to subjugate indigenous culture and language out of existence. That was Haskell's
mission to begin with at the behest of the US Government. Methodists, Catholics, Baptists,
Presbyterians, and Moravians all had a hand in the dispossession of tribal lands in Kansas
in the 19th century. They were complicit with the US Government in this and the destruction
of indigenous culture. I stand and educate in defiance of this legacy which is why I wrote
this article about a United Methodist college ignoring the history of the indigenous peoples
it subjugated for the benefit of selling out to a state entity that tried to steal Munsee land
in Leavenworth in 1858 before it was a state. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it

April 29, 2015 at 7:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: History ignored

European greed led the Dutch to exploit the Lenape and Long Island Algonquian tribes for most of the 17th century in New York and New Jersey. The English and the French played
the Haudenosaunee and Huron Confederacies against each other in the 1640's and 1650's
over Great Lakes Trade and the Huron were almost wiped away by the British and the Mohawk forces. The Mohawk forces went into Indiana and Illinois harassing French trading
Illini Confederacy tribes along with Miami, Potawatomi, and others in this time and later.
English aligned Chickasaw forces attacked these Illinois French allied tribes and their
Choctaw bretheren in the Lower Mississippi Valley in the early 18th century. All of this
culminated in the French and Indian War of 1755-1763 when the English and their tribal
allies diminished French influence there and French came towards Missouri, Kansas,
and modern day Oklahoma. Indians didn't fight each other. Europeans used them to push
their selfish interests concerning furs and pelts.

April 29, 2015 at 6:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: History ignored

The Creek Confederacy consisted of communities like Abihka, Coweta, Kialegee, Pakana,
Pawokti, Sawokli, and Tuskegee, to name a few. The Choctaw Nation as it was had Okla
Falaya, Okla Tannap, and Okla Hannali territories in Mississippi and Alabama. The Caddo
Confederacy had Kadohadocho, Natchitoches, Hainai, and Hasinai areas to name a few.
Not to forget Pueblos like Acoma, Isleta, Jemez, and San Ildephonso, to name a few of the
many Pueblos there are. Houma people are a mix of Chakchiuma, Quinapisa, Acolapisa,
Biloxi, Mugalisha, and Cajun and Creole people who governed a territory south of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The Powhattan Confederacy had 28 or so tribes prior to the 1620's
and now Pamunkey, Chickahominy, Mattiponi, Rhappahannock, and Nansemond people
remain post the arrival of all things English. You didn't bring anything here but you caused
the upheaval and near destruction of what was already here.

April 29, 2015 at 6:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )