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Old 03-31-2006, 06:25 AM   #6
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So you are saying that if there are more of us, there would be less discrimination or racist comments hurled our way?

Yes the civil rights would never have existed if the population of the blacks was the same as indians. In fact blacks basically left us out of the civil rights equation because of our lack of numbers. Both blacks and hispanics, asians and jews have way more political clout than we do. What they have done with economically is not the issue. Though thats another topic altogether.

While all ethnic groups still suffer from descrimination most are much better off than they were 50 years ago.

Imagine if 50 million indians lived here what kind of voting power and influence we could have. Thats an achievable number by 2100.
Don't get me wrong, I think more natives is a good thing, but I just don't see it reducing or obliviating discrimination and racism. There were more of us when europeans first came, did they care then? Nope. And the civil rights movement happened because blacks were mainstream in society. We were not included because we were Nations. And yet, we were also made US citizens whether we wanted to be or not. African Americans had to fight for that right. Our small numbers certainly don't have the political clout, that's for sure.. but after all that lobbying for some of our nation's casino monies, I'm sure things are going to be changing more and more now. But you know, Haudenosaunee don't vote because of the guswentah which says they stay out of our government affairs and we stay out of theirs. It's one of the things we established for our own protection and is one way of affirming that we ARE soveriegn nations who can and do govern ourselves, so having political clout with the american government... can be viewed as a two edged sword sometimes.
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