Saturday, August 11, 2007
The racist shape and message of Oklahoma
Every state in the United States represents a racist crime of genocide, oppression and murder.
For thousands of years, the indigenous peoples living in what is now called “North America” lived peacefully. The arrival of the white man from Europe represented nothing more than a death sentence for these people.
The indigenous peoples were attacked and enslaved by the white man. Their land was taken from them and their cultures destroyed.
By the mid-19th Century the white man had reached the North American intertior. It is estimated that by 1850 over 4 million indigenous people had already been killed. Millions more were pushed off their lands and were forced to retreat to the west.
The area known Oklahoma became a giant prisoner camp where thousands of indigenous peoples, including those making up the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole tribes were held.
Almost as a joke, the white man decided to shape the borders of Oklahoma into the form of a hatchet or a cleaver knife. This was intented to serve as a message to all people of color that the white man whould either imprison you or kill you.
The final indignity was when Oklahoma was annexed into the America and became one of its states in 1907.