This morning I received a comment from one of the folks who follow this blog which made me think of the subject matter of this article. Their blog site is (thecomfortablecoop.wordpress.com). Their comment was about an article that I recently reblogged about the local and State standoff at Standing Rock North Dakota with the Indian folks there. It was their view on how people view other people and about people in general not caring about or thinking about other people that made an old memory of mine come alive. This memory is what this article is about. This memory is about a real, true fact, there is nothing ‘made up’ in the article, I hope you enjoy the read. In fact, I have decided to simply do a copy paste of my response to her comment as I doubt that I could write it any better if I tried to do it again.
K.D., think about this one for a moment. I hate to say it is in our “white mans” culture still today, but I don’t know what else to call it. Still today we take care to relocate old grave yards of white folks if a city, county, or State government decides they need to build on that land or to even put a road through it but we still give Native Americans no such respect. I have an example for you of a case that has always bothered me. Just west of Wilcox Arizona is a small family owned business that was bought ‘as is’ just after WW-2 that has a small, old Museum, but with many very cool items in it, except for the ‘Main Attraction’. The big advertisements about this location is called (The Thing). It only cost $1 per person to walk through this Museum and it is well worth the cost. But, in the very last building is ‘The Thing’ which is under glass so that people can’t mess with it. What is this ‘Thing’? This business is located just a little east of Benson Arizona, between them is a beautiful rocky area called ‘Texas Canyon’, this is suppose to be where the Apache Chief Geronimo had his ‘hideout’. This (Thing) is basically a Mummy, it is a very crude Mummy, but still a Mummy. Of what? It is obvious at least to me that it is of an Indian woman who is holding a very, very small baby, as in a new born. To me it is obvious that this ‘woman’ must have died in child birth along with her baby. She must have been someone important in the Tribe for them to try to ‘Mummify” her, who knows, maybe even the wife or daughter of Geronimo? But really, the ‘Thing’? Can you just imagine the outcry if this had been a white woman and her newborn baby? This response is just my way of saying, I agree with you K.D.
Well, that is my little history lesson for the day I guess, I hope you liked the information. Most of my adult life was spent behind the windshield of a semi-truck driving all over the lower 48 States and all of Canada. I always enjoyed the scenery on interstates 10-20 and 40. This location is on interstate 10 on the south-side of the highway. It is a place that I stopped at several times throughout the years because they had a good amount of ‘truck parking’. They also have an excellent store of many different items that are made by ‘Indian’ people in the region, and their prices were always fair. It is a good ‘rest area’ plus they have a Dairy Queen inside. The reason I brought this location up is because I have always felt bad about this poor ‘unknown’ lady and her stillborn baby. Personally I do not know how such things can be legal in 21st Century America yet they obviously are. But my question to you is, if this ‘Thing’ was a white woman and her baby, would it be legal then?
I close my note to you today by coming back to the title of this article today. If this was your Mom, Sister, or Wife, and your Baby, how would it make you feel? Would it matter to you? Would you wrap your family member in a blanket, say she is a Mummy and sell her to the highest bidder? Folks, I’m just asking…. What’s your thoughts on this matter? Do the people at Standing Rock matter less because ‘their just a bunch of Indians’? Is it really true that here in the good ole USA that only big companies and big money really mean anything, or is it just because they are only a ‘bunch of Indians’? I think it is way past time for a new movement called “Red Lives Matter Too”!