Thursday, August 25, 2011

Minorities Clash — Paradise Lost

One would think that the election of a black president would improve relations between the minorities in the U.S.

Sadly, this is not the case between native American Indians and African-American descendants of former Indian slave owners.

When the Cherokees, the second largest Indian tribe, were forcibly moved to Oklahoma from their homeland to what became Oklahoma in 1838, some brought with them their African-American slaves.  After the Civil War, the Cherokee nation voted these “Freedmen” to membership in the tribe .

Now, more than 140 years later, the “Freedmen” have been evicted from tribal membership The Cherokee nation Supreme Court, the highest court in the sovereign Cherokee nation, has ruled that a 2007 tribal decision to detribalize them was proper.

The losses of the denationalized Freedmen entails losing free health care, educational concessions, and other benefits.  Black members of Congress are charging Cherokees with racism and apartheid.

Time will tell if the U.S. Supreme Court steps in to reverse the ruling.

Still think that the Shia, Sunni, and Kurdish peoples will live happily in a unified, democratic, stable Iraq?  Pashtuns and non-Pashtuns in Afghanistan?

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