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Citizenship is Based on Theft, Domination and Criminalization

In Migrant and Undocumented Persons Movement, Nazi/Islamophobic/Anti-Native Hate Watch, News, Uncategorized on April 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Originally Posted on: People of Color Organize (Summer 2010)

Author: deletetheborder

http://www.peopleofcolororganize.com/opinion/citizenship-based-theft-domination-criminalization/

If for some reason it had not yet been time to really address the concept of citizenship, now is the time. Once congress is back in session, birthright citizenship will be the next hot topic of debate. The 14th amendment gave ex-slaves and their children the citizenship they did not have before, and has since applied to anyone born on US soil (aside from a few cases), including the racist-tizzy-inducing undocumented immigrants’ children, called by the derogatory term, “anchor babies.”

The focus on birthright citizenship, if it does not succeed in changing the 14th amendment, may have a chance at shifting the debate in the favor of the racists. They not only want to remove all undocumented immigrants from the country, but their children as well. While they claim that their concern is over the law (‘Illegal is not a race, it’s a crime’, Pearce says) as of right now, the so-called “anchor babies” have not committed any crime, yet they are to be ousted as well. The immigrants’ rights movement will find it necessary to focus on defending the children of undocumented parents and retreat from the defense of undocumented immigrants themselves. This may look similar to the hierarchy created between the more deserving and the less deserving created by the debate around the Dream Act. We cannot allow them to shift the debate in this way. We need to shift it in the direction of questioning the concept of citizenship and the legitimacy of the country in the first place.

So we must ask, what does citizenship mean? We should especially ask this in the context of the fact that the US is on stolen land. What does it mean for some settlers to seize a bunch of land and declare that they are citizens and the original peoples are not (it took a while for indigenous people to be counted as citizens even after ex-slaves were included), and then continue to do this to many people who are in fact more indigenous to this continent than the settlers are. Not only are they withholding citizenship and the rights and privileges it entails; they are criminalizing most of the folks who reside in the US who are not citizens. This means detention centers, deportation, fear, etc.

Citizenship is based on theft, domination, and criminalization.

Certainly there are many of us who are counted as citizens who do not have allegiance to the US government. However, in many ways citizenship is about loyalty to this system. In what ways can we call this into question? This all deserves much more attention and discussion.

US out of North America!

– Deletetheborder

An Open Letter to White “Indigenous Solidarity Activists”

In Blockades and Land Defense, Glen Cove Encampment, Migrant and Undocumented Persons Movement, Nazi/Islamophobic/Anti-Native Hate Watch, News, NO Melancthon Quarry on the Haldimand Tract!!, Occupations, South Fraser Protection Camp, Tar Sands, Uncategorized on April 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Dear Well-Intentioned White People:

Ahniin,

Miigwetch for getting in touch! I’d like to ask you to tell me a bit more about your organization, since we are really interested in connecting with indigenous peoples and communities out that way. But I need to communicate something to you first, which I hope you can hear with an open mind and heart.

Many of us are beginning to see the extent to which as native peoples, we depend on indigenous solidarity groups (which are largely controlled by white/non-native folks) and in taking on this project, we’re seeking to give into and take from within the strength and skills of our own peoples and our own communities. Much like Black Power in the 60’s, we need to build this struggle with our own hands, we need to write our own shit, and we need to connect directly with each other across our territories, as sovereign peoples.

When these relations and connections are mediated or facilitated by non-native peoples, it actually weakens and disempowers us, and that is why we feel that this balance of power needs to shift and be transformed into something new, more parallel than “inclusive”.

Government seeks to “include” us (assimilation policies), militaries and police seek to “include” us (recruitment programs), public school systems seek to “include” us (tokenizing and consuming our histories), and all these, one way or another, want us dead, either in body or in spirit. Is this also what we should expect of solidarity groups, or the movement?

So while we appreciate the support of solidarity groups, and would really love to connect with people of colour and poor communities, because we do face a lot of the same struggles, what would be much more appreciated are the contacts of the indigenous peoples/communities and organizations you have come to know. We’d really like to connect with them directly.

One thing you can do, which there is a very great need for, is to take this message and communicate it (talk about it, start conversations about it, organize around it, think about it, collectively reflect on it, do a workshop/education night on it) to the many well-intentioned white and non-native folks you work and live with, because it should never be the responsibility of the oppressed to educate the oppressor. Or you could just give back the land. That would be GREAT!

(not) Yours,

the Original Peoples.

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