Cultural Genocide: Step By Step Instructions

i have tears on my face but that’s okay cause salt tastes good. that’s okay cause im made out of water anyways. they can say whatever they want to and try to break me down but the closest they’ll get is making me cry. but that don’t mean nothing cause i cry in every second commercial. you better shut up and pay attention cause i don’t have honey on my tongue this time i’m packing hot sauce and this shit burns. i’m stronger than i was a second ago and stronger than the systems of oppression they’ve been using for five hundred and twenty five years. i don’t want your pity. no. i want you to realize this shit is fucked up and its been fucked up for seven generations and i want to hear you say it. go ahead and read the list out loud:

Cultural Genocide (Step By Step Instructions)

1. You must take away the food. Then the white man said “Do away with the buffalo”

2. Once you ensure your targeted demographic is starving, you make sure they get sick. Then the white man said “bring the small pox blankets to every village”

3. Once everyone is starving, sick or dead you ensure your subjects know they are no longer in control. Then the white man said “You may use this script to sell it for food, or die”

4. You must ruin the children and take away any and all humanity. Then the white man said “Let there be residential school”

5. You guarantee your targeted demographic knows there is no coming back from this. Then the white man said “You will no longer hold ceremony”

6. You ensure the children of the targeted demographic have no hope for the future. Then the white man said “Call on the defrocked priests to do their worst”

7. You strategically make your way into the communities of the subjects and teach them how to oppress each other. Then the white man said “Let there be indian agents”

8. You ensure your subjects know they are less than human and will be treated as so. Then the white man said “Bring on the indian act”

9. You don’t leave room for hope and if you find hope, remove it before it spreads. Then the white man said “Let there be enfranchisement”

10. You must make sure the wider population does not know or care. Then the white man said “Here are the books free of Indigenous history”

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