Genocide

This is genocide:

CROW AGENCY, Mont. – Ta’Shon Rain Little Light, a happy little girl who loved to dance and dress up in traditional American Indian clothes, had stopped eating and walking. She complained constantly to her mother that her stomach hurt.

When Stephanie Little Light took her daughter to the Indian Health Service clinic in this wind-swept and remote corner of Montana, they told her the 5-year-old was depressed.

Ta’Shon’s pain rapidly worsened and she visited the clinic about 10 more times over several months before her lung collapsed and she was airlifted to a children’s hospital in Denver. There she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, confirming the suspicions of family members.

A few weeks later, a charity sent the whole family to Disney World so Ta’Shon could see Cinderella’s Castle, her biggest dream. She never got to see the castle, though. She died in her hotel bed soon after the family arrived in Florida.

“Maybe it would have been treatable,” says her great-aunt, Ada White, as she stoically recounts the last few months of Ta’Shon’s short life. Stephanie Little Light cries as she recalls how she once forced her daughter to walk when she was in pain because the doctors told her it was all in the little girl’s head.

American Indians have an infant death rate that is 40 percent higher than the rate for whites. They are twice as likely to die from diabetes, 60 percent more likely to have a stroke, 30 percent more likely to have high blood pressure and 20 percent more likely to have heart disease.

American Indians have disproportionately high death rates from unintentional injuries and suicide, and a high prevalence of risk factors for obesity, substance abuse, sudden infant death syndrome, teenage pregnancy, liver disease and hepatitis.

While campaigning on Indian reservations, presidential candidate Barack Obama cited this statistic: After Haiti, men on the impoverished Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota have the lowest life expectancy in the Western Hemisphere.


This leads to genocide
:

Four Muslim men also pleaded their innocence before a judge in a White Plains, N.Y., courthouse after being accused of plotting to blow up a pair of synagogues and down military aircraft with a shoulder-fired missile. The feds had been keeping tabs on the men for a year and sold them the missile and explosives, which had been deactivated. The four were reportedly angered over the deaths of Muslims in Afghanistan at the hands of U.S. forces.

A note on the second one – this is not an example of Muslims being evil. This is an example of oppressed groups being encouraged to scapegoat Jews for what those who are actually in power are doing. In other words, this is how anti-Semitism works.

(Cross-posted at Alas, A Blog.)

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4 Responses

  1. That first story is so sad and the same thing is true here in Canada with respect of First Nations. As for the second–yes I agree.

  2. re: the second example, it sounds like you’re placing agency for this incident on the people doing the oppressing and the encouraging at the expense of placing agency on the people doing the plotting. That seems like letting them off the hook a bit light. Scapegoating Islam vs. blaming those in power seems like a false choice. What happened to holding individuals accountable for their decisions? Violence is always a choice.

  3. Wow. Poor little girl. That’s just HORRIBLE.

    I have a little sister with a heart problem. She got diagnosed days after birth and got all the treatment she needed. She’s eight – beautiful, happy, with an average life-expectancy. I can’t help wondering what happens to little girls on reservations with the same problem.

    And then the bombs.

    Matt – I can’t speak for Julie, but I know that a lot of people think anti-Semitism is intrinsic to Islam. That’s not the truth. Islam has a tradition of respect for other Peoples of te Book (provided they don’t harm Muslims or insult the prophet.) These particular Muslims are asshats who are responsible for their own asshattery, but this isn’t something that can be used as “proof” Muslims as a group are evil. I THINK that’s what Julie meant when she said “this isn’t an example of Muslims being evil,” but I obviously can’t read her thoughts.

  4. it sounds like you’re placing agency for this incident on the people doing the oppressing and the encouraging at the expense of placing agency on the people doing the plotting.

    Well actually if this is the case I’m thinking of, according to various reports, it was the undercover cop that suggested the plot to these guys, who were converts that had criminal records and hadn’t considered doing something like this otherwise. So that might be an apt place for blame in this situation.

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