North American Apartheid
I don't claim to know many particulars of North American Indigenous history, but after reading a few babble posts about Israeli apartheid, I began thinking:
Is the continent of North America an apartheid entity?
If the majority of land that we currently recognize as Canada and the USA were stolen, coopted, or purchased dishonestly, and the indigenous peoples forced to live inhuman existences on reserves or marginalized in our communities, does that constitute the definition of "apartheid"?
Do our continuous attempts at alleviating the suffering of indigenous peoples ignore the fact that this land is rightfully theirs and should be returned to them?
In living our daily lives on this continent, are we as complicit in this oppression as the Israelis or the white South Africans?
Are even the most egalitarian among us too ashamed to admit our collective guilt because it would mean a radical reconstituting of historically entrenched mental and physical institutions?
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It's just interesting to ponder this. I don't claim any moral high ground. I don't mean to offend. But isn't this a question that all of us should be seriously asking ourselves?