Comments for Coyote Crossing http://coyot.es/crossing Writing and photography from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts by Chris Clarke Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:15:34 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Found while reading the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan by GarryRogers http://coyot.es/crossing/2014/10/01/found-while-reading-the-draft-desert-renewable-energy-conservation-plan/#comment-20637 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:15:34 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3976#comment-20637 BLM is primarily a resource harvest facilitator. In the public interest, BLM sacrifices nature for recreation, livestock grazing, mining, energy production and transmission, roadway construction, and more. Thanks Chris. I’ll add your post to the Nature Conservation News (http://wp.me/P26kDO-7ic).
Garry

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Comment on What she asked; what I did not say by Joe Go!! http://coyot.es/crossing/2014/09/23/what-she-asked-what-i-did-not-say/#comment-20635 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:04:27 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3970#comment-20635 Nice visual,nice soothing poem.

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Comment on No, this is not “Bartolomé Day.” by morganne http://coyot.es/crossing/2013/10/14/no-this-is-not-bartolome-day/#comment-20627 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:01:28 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3691#comment-20627 While I know that there is some impact in having a day that remembers things, for the most part as an adult it tends to pass me by with absolutely no recognition beyond, “Are schools out today?” Isn’t the larger issue what is still being taught in schools and the fact that the day is used as a tool by teachers to perpetuate the lies about CC’s heroism? I’m white as such (though I’m on the page with the other Please can we dispense with labels already and just be people? group) and although i have privilege from not being a racial minority, I was really freakin’ pissed off when I realized how consistently my peers and I were lied to in the name of “nationalism” and “status quo” instead of this teeny tiny not really important concept called TRUTH. /sarcasm

I am still pissed off and feel betrayed when I find out some previously unknown to me whitewashed bullshit. When I am given a version of reality and told it is true I would like that to be as objective and close to true as possible, not some version some old white guys wish it were. And I have a son in third grade and an infant daughter. I certainly want better for them than the sick feeling of realizing that authorities you trusted with the blindness of youth were intentionally or ignorantly shovelling lies into your brain. Certainly we as parents will be monitoring what they learn to correct where we can….but is it so much to ask to want schools to teach facts and not propaganda? About the only field of study I actually trust is math. Even if they have screwy examples in the word problems, the concepts of problem solving and arithmetic are at least true. Gah.

/rant

Note: I am totally in favor of Indigenous People’s Day. I had not even heard of it until reading this. Of course since I live in the South, this is not a shock…change drips slow as molasses here….especially change that promotes treating and respecting people like, well, people….

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Comment on No, this is not “Bartolomé Day.” by Michael http://coyot.es/crossing/2013/10/14/no-this-is-not-bartolome-day/#comment-20626 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:29:57 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3691#comment-20626 I’m guilty of proffering “Bartolomé Day” two years in a row now, but after reading this article I’ll be recanting my Facebook posts and reorienting my support to Indigenous People’s Day. Thank you for writing this!

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Comment on No, this is not “Bartolomé Day.” by Luis http://coyot.es/crossing/2013/10/14/no-this-is-not-bartolome-day/#comment-20625 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:47:23 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3691#comment-20625 Mr. Clarke, with all due respect, your reference to “colonizer” leaves out one important fact, there were indigenous people who were allies with the Spanish during the Conquest. My family of origin was in direct conflict with the Aztecs. Now you can continue to write and speak from your place of privilege, however, what is evident that we continue to have people in privilege continue the narratives of our people.

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Comment on No, this is not “Bartolomé Day.” by Brian Weiss http://coyot.es/crossing/2013/10/14/no-this-is-not-bartolome-day/#comment-20624 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:42:46 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3691#comment-20624 I’m sorry, but I disagree; continuing to celebrate “Columbus day” isn’t a way of reminding people of the horrors this man caused, because the vast majority of people have no idea. Changing the day to Bartolomé day, or getting rid of it all together would be vastly more respectful to the indigenous people who have to put up with this shit every year (Not to mention the Black community who also suffered because of this asshole.)

It’s on par with celebrating a Joseph Stalin day to commemorate for our Russian immigrants, how he rebuilt the Soviet Union after the destruction of World War 2, while completely ignoring the millions upon millions of people he killed.

I’m sticking with changing it to Bartolomé de las Casas Day.

“led De Las Casas to advocate for the shipping of Africans to the Americas to fill the labor appetite of the region’s growing plantation economies.”

Which (less than seven years later) he also abandoned and started fighting for the civil rights of /all/ men. He was absolutely not perfect, and his early treatment of Africans is a primary example, but unlike Columbus, he came to understand that his actions were wrong, and did what he could to fix them.

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Comment on No, this is not “Bartolomé Day.” by Denise Ford http://coyot.es/crossing/2013/10/14/no-this-is-not-bartolome-day/#comment-20622 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:11:00 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3691#comment-20622 What matters here is that the truth cames out about Columbus and people make up their own minds. If there were not a Columbus Day this might not have been spoken about. I couldn’t care less about whether or not we have Columbus Day. It is part of our painful history.

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Comment on No, this is not “Bartolomé Day.” by Shaun Peña http://coyot.es/crossing/2013/10/14/no-this-is-not-bartolome-day/#comment-20621 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:02:42 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3691#comment-20621 I think the only reason the suggestion is actually being taken so seriously is because the blog is well known. Although I don’t disagree with the points here, I feel that the attitude attached is cynical to the point of counter-productiveness.

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Comment on No, this is not “Bartolomé Day.” by Jake Arduino http://coyot.es/crossing/2013/10/14/no-this-is-not-bartolome-day/#comment-20619 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:06:58 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3691#comment-20619 From Siddhartha Gautama to Francis of Assisi, we already honor those who start off terrible and change their ways because they are a symbol of hope in a world that desperately needs it.

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Comment on No, this is not “Bartolomé Day.” by Liz http://coyot.es/crossing/2013/10/14/no-this-is-not-bartolome-day/#comment-20618 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:58:02 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=3691#comment-20618 This is not “white people” trying to assuage their guilt. This is “white people”, saying they refuse to idolize someone who committed mass genocide of people and cultures, as he is idolized in many schools.
It’s just saying if you’re going to idolize someone with a holiday, make the person at least a little worthy of it.

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