Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Minor Variation

Stephen Breyer's lecture detailing the history of the Cherokee nation's attempt to resist Georgia's theft and colonization of their land reveals something important. "State's rights" wasn't always just a fig leaf to promote White supremacy over Black people. Sometimes, it was used to promote White supremacy over Native Americans too. Georgia's action were in unbelievably flagrant violation of the law and dutifully signed treaty rights possessed by the Cherokee nation. It's the sort of thing that still outrages, 175 years later.

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