I found this piece a few days ago and found it compelling in it’s passion and honesty. As an American of European descent I have often felt embarrassment and regret over the actions and attitudes of my peers and my ancestors, both direct and indirect. Call it guilt by association or whatever you like, the truth is that we of European extraction are the beneficiaries of an ugly, genocidal past, divorced from reality by a culture created by the victors – our predecessors – and sugar coated for most of recorded history to make us feel good about ourselves.
I prefer ugly reality to pleasant lies. I only wish more of us could face the truth and begin working toward whatever reconciliation and healing might someday be possible through honesty and diligence between all people.
The following is just one of many excellent essays found at the site Mexica-Movement.Org, and I encourage you to spend some time there learning some of the history no one taught us in school.
Most of our people have been asked variations on these questions when we assert our Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) identity.
Those of us who have some knowledge respond with “I am Mexica”. The majority of our people, who do not seriously understand our history, will respond with, “I am Aztec” or the worst of all answers is “I’m not really an Indian.”
There are problems with these three answers, but there is a bigger problem with the question. It assumes that all or most Nican Tlaca are or were tribal and that we have all been assimilated or killed off. The truth is that we have been colonized, culturally castrated, racially raped, kept ignorant of our heritage, deprived of the ownership and the wealth of our land, but we are still here (ignorant and damaged as human beings, but we are still here).
Over the last 500 years we have suffered racism’s indignities, and the European parasitic uses of our people and our continent. Because we are ignorant of our history and our true identity it is difficult for our people to respond to the two questions listed above. We are a people who have been left traumatized and leaderless from the 500 years of European persistent assaults on our humanity.
When we are armed with knowledge, we should respond like this, when we are asked:
What Indian tribe do you belong to?
Before I answer your question, I would like to know what tribe you belong to.
But I’m not an Indian, I’m white!
Well, you’re more like a pink or a yellowish person, or very pale, but you are definitely not the color white.
You know what I mean, I’m European American, of German and English descent. We have no tribes, never had tribes. We have always been civilized.
That’s not true. The Germanic tribes, your ancestors, came out of central Asia about two thousand years ago and they invaded Europe. The Romans called your ancestors “Barbarians”. Your tribes were called “Uncivilized”, and many other uncomplimentary names, because they were a savage people. Most of your ancestors only became somewhat civilized about 1,500 years ago, and some only in the last 1,000 years. Your ancestors were very savage and very primitive. Our ancestors were building cities, bathing, developing astronomy and mathematics over 4,300 years ago. Your people only started bathing 200 years ago. These are known facts, some of this history was written down by the Romans, as you were vandalizing and destroying their civilization. More of this uncivilized behavior of your people also happened as you were savagely vandalizing and destroying our civilization.
Our people have been civilized for over 4,300 years. The majority of our people were living in large cities when your pirate ancestors were invading our land in 1492.
Yeah, but we’re not tribes anymore. I didn’t mean to offend you. I just noticed that you look like an Indian and I was curious as to what tribe you were. You’re implying that you are part of the Aztecs or Mayas. I thought that we had killed all of them.
We have been trying to educate your people since you first broke-and-entered onto our land 500 years ago, but you won’t listen:
ONE: Indians are people from India. Columbus and his pirates still thought that they had come to India when they started to invade our land. Columbus’ ignorance and racism live on to this day, in that we are still erroneously called “Indians”. The piracy and uncivilized behavior continues. It is continued by the European illegal squatter descendants of those pirates, that’s you, here, talking to me. You, the ones who call us “illegal” and “foreigners”.
TWO: When your ancestors invaded our continent, the majority of our people were living in large cities, large towns, and the cluster villages (suburbs) that were around those cities and towns. We were in our majority an urban people with no “tribal” status. We were not savage or primitive as you imply. Even our people who were “tribal” were not savage or primitive. The Europeans who invaded our urban and tribal areas were the ones who were savage in their behavior, and primitive in their humanity.
THREE: Your ancestors killed the majority of our population. They also destroyed our cities and built European cities on those sites, using us as slave labor and the masonry from the ruins of our cities (to build those “new European cities” on our continent). Our Anahuac “European Indian Schools” and Trail of Tears really started back in the 16th and 17th centuries.
FOUR: During the first 100 years of European invasion, the 5% of our cities’ population that survived the savage Genocidal attacks of the Europeans, were divided and relocated to reinforce our enslavement. Some of us were sent to the sparsely populated tribal northern areas of Anahuac, and some into the densely populated south of Anahuac, as a way to extend the European invasion—and their squatter settlements. The relocation and mixing of our people from the different cities and towns was a way to dilute and destroy our culture, our languages, our history, and our theology. It was also a way to force the Spanish language, Spanish names, Christian religion, and Spanish culture on our people. During that same period of forced relocation, our people were formally enslaved and we were subjected to constant rapes and more killings. Our leadership and educators were massacred during this period.
Adding to our confusion, our relocated people from the different language cities intermarried in these times. Some of the children of those mixed urban cultured children intermarried with the children of the raped. Later these urban people intermarried with tribal people of the north and the children of rape were themselves raped for another generation and generations after that.
These added confusions have all brought about the destruction of us as an independent Nican Tlaca people and the collapse of our Anahuac civilizations. It has left us ignorant of our true identity and our true heritage. We have suffered all of this humiliation and disaster and all of the savage stunning blows of the European genocidal agenda for the last 500 years.
So, we have to explain all of this to you Europeans (and to our own people) so that we can say that our people are Nican Tlaca and that most of us are of no particular tribe. Most of us never belonged to a tribe. We are part of the Anahuac nation which is made up of over 150 million descendants of those people, who (in our majority) lived in great cities and small towns. We are part of the forced mixing of the people from the different cities of Anahuac. We are also part of the rural (northern) forced mixing of one tribe with another. We are, further on in our history, part of the mixing of the city and the tribal people throughout our Anahuac nation. And, yes, sadly most of our people have had our gene pool polluted to different degrees of scar with the cancerous DNA-blood that was raped into us by Europeans, but 30% of our people were lucky enough to have not been affected by the rape of our nation, they still have no European blood in them. The rest of us have been culturally and/or physically disfigured by these historic rapes, relocations and the attacks on our identity and our humanity.
But this rape issue does not take away from any of us being Nican Tlaca, or part of the Anahuac heritage of our people, no matter how light or how “European-looking” some of us may be. The majority of us can remove all doubts as to our Nican Tlaca identity by looking at our whole family (cousins, aunts, grandparents, great-grandparents) to see that we are Nican Tlaca. We only have to look at the land on which we stand to see that this is not European land, it is Nican Tlaca land. And the racial rape and cultural castration of our nation does not take away our ownership of our land or its wealth—no matter what European squatters claim, or what European broken treaties were made, or how many soldiers and atomic bombs your people have, this is still our land.
You need to look at us as the victims of your people’s ongoing criminal racist greed—and past barbaric criminal actions. You need to look at us realistically, not as some remnants of some almost extinct animals that you have caged in a zoo (that you call a ghetto or a reservation) for the amusement of your people. You need to put yourselves in our shoes to see our people’s losses of the wealth of our land, and your missing guilt, and your ignorance of how you profit from the crimes of your ancestors, and your people’s lack of humanity in all of this monstrous history.
And this isn’t just in Anahuac that your people have done this. Your people did this in Hawaii, the Philippines, Alaska, and everywhere else that your race has gone on our planet.
There are also implications in the general tone of voice when you speak to us that need to be addressed. When you asked your questions, you asked them in a tone that says that you are superior, and that you are the guiltless legitimate (by force) owners of our land. That practiced superiority in your voice needs to be confronted.
Your people are not superior to us in any way! You are in fact inferior to us in your morals, ethics, and humanity—by your collective actions of the last 500 years.
You have been successful at keeping us ignorant of our heritage and of our true condition of slavery. You have caused us the poverty in which we live—depriving us of the vast wealth of our land.
We have barely survived your attempts at ethnocide and genocide.
But through all of the genocide, destruction, enslavement, and the other crimes that you have committed against us, we have lost one major battle, and that was the battle to keep our sense of being important human beings. This item on the list of crimes that your people committed should be your everlasting shame.
We are arming our people with knowledge and courage to undo that damage and all of the other crimes that you have done! We are going to be “in your face” about the crimes of your ancestors and your ongoing participation in those past crimes, and your ongoing crimes.
But the Spaniards were the ones who did all of those crimes to you, not us.
So, now you, as an English/German people, want to separate yourself from your brother and sister European Spaniards, the ones who “discovered” our land and began the genocide (and taught you how to do it). Your ancestors came here also as murdering pirates, genocidal monsters, liars, etc., just like the Spaniards. You are all Europeans. You all claim to be “Christian”, but in reality you are all part of one genocidal European people colonizing-oppressing-exploiting this planet! These crimes that we speak to you about are collective European crimes because you have all benefited from these crimes. We will not let you weasel yourselves out of your past crimes or allow you to continue in your current parasitic behavior.