Colonialism is, in general, when a nation openly as as matter of policy acquires, controls and maintains control of a foreign nation.
The United States is colonizing Native American Nations in the settler state manner. This may not be technically internationally illegal due to The Blue Water Thesis. But it’s colonialism nonetheless. And it’s unjust.
Decolonization is the reversal or ending of colonialism. Generally, the subjugated nation now enjoys, if it so desires, full independence.
There are over 500 Native Nations the United States is oppressing. We do not know what decolonization will ultimately look like. But we non-Natives can begin the process.
Decolonization is not merely a process of shifting consciousness in the colonizer, but that’s a good start. We need to recognize what our country is doing is wrong, that Native Nations deserve the same amount of independence and freedom to govern themselves as we do.
I believe that whoever you are, whatever you are doing in life, you can learn more about Native American History. This will surely open your eyes a bit. And I do believe we will go down in history as one of the most evil nations on Earth because of America’s treatment of Native Americans. This treatment, frankly, pales in comparison the the Holocaust.
There’s been movements within various segments of society to understand Native American History and then seeing the United States’ treatment of Native Americans as grossly unjust. There’s still work to do, however, if we want to correct these things. There’s still decolonization to do.
I have mentioned that the citizens of the United States have, often, guided U.S. Indian Policy. Our citizens, along with our government, take the blame in many cases.
I do not want that kind of blood on my hands. You shouldn’t, either.
That’s why I blog, however imperfectly, about these things. I can use my voice to try to make a difference, even if it’s a lone voice writing into nothiningness, with no audience. At least I know I did what I could.
I encourage you to do what you can to end colonialism. Whether it’s incorporating American Indian Philosophy into your philosophy courses, dealing with these issues in your ethics or political philosophy courses–or whatever. Do what you can.
The more people are informed about these things and recognize they are wrong and ongoing, the better. So let’s get to work on ourselves and our fellow citizens.
You may say I have an agenda. And, yes. Yes, I do. My agenda has always been what’s true, just and good. That’s why I went into philosophy. I had the purest motives. And what’s true, just and good is decolonization. So let’s start getting there.