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Review “We Shall Remain” Native American documentary

I’m watching this 5 part series on PBS called We Shall Remain. It’s a documentary about the Native American experience in America.  It’s very good and unfortunately quite depressing.  Wow! America is just a country of conquerors. It’s amazing after watching this documentary about how the original pilgrims passive aggressively and then aggressively took the Native’s land after the tribes helped the pilgrims get established. What I found really amazing was how this culture of oppression, taking land and then attacking and destroying a culture continues to this day. It’s just in the form of corporations doing the oppressing with the cooperation of many individuals and small businesses who will benefit from the oppression. Now with Trump in office it can continue full force (did it ever really stop?) via deregulation and the pipelines being forced though and a million cuts of racist and hateful acts committed every day.

We we’re always taught this myth that America is for everyone and it’s the land of the free and everyone should pursue the American dream  by working hard etc. But when you look at what is really happening and who is really benefiting it’s very clear that it’s more the land where some people can take and oppress as freely as they want. I think that’s the free they were talking about. And the dream also is not for everyone just a select few.

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This whole Trump thing is really opening my eyes that the whole ethos of this country is a scam. A giant pyramid scheme to benefit a few at the top. Always has been, is and probably will be. Unless we really fight hard to change it. Racism, hatred, violence oppression, cultural annihilation are it seems part of the DNA that is America. I hate to be so dark about it but the truth is the truth. It’s like waking up one day and realizing your family got their wealth because they were a bunch of gangsters and thugs.

It’s really hard to watch this documentary but I really want to get a sense of where this all started. We can’t fix it unless we get to the bottom of what happened, why and how. Another thing I noticed and have noticed was how America loves to destroy cultures and then celebrate them. I did not realize that so many of the eastern states like Massachusetts were named after tribes that have been fully assimilated like the borg from Star trek (resistance is futile), destroyed or put on reservations. I can imagine a conqueror saying something hideous like “Yeah you know what, we’re gonna kill your whole family then you know what we’re gonna take all your land and you know what hundreds of years from now our children will be prosperous and your kids – well they’ll either be dead, sick or locked up on some scrap of land far far from here. Bruhahahahaha!”

This country owes, reparations and a big time apology to a lot of groups but especially the Native Americans. And the idea that some people are still killin’ Indians (Seattle policeman shoot native american who as carving and walking) and trying to oppress them (DAPL) is just amazing to me. This country is a dysfunctional family that has to have a serious reckoning with itself and I guess and hope that now that Trump is in office we will.

You can watch it full on youtube here:

Watch Before the Flood- Full Movie National Geographic

Watch this very important movie!

#savetheplanet #earth #humanity #climatechange

 

“Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey that took place with my co-creator and director Fisher Stevens. We went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of climate change and questioned humanity’s ability to reverse what may be the most catastrophic problem mankind has ever faced. There was a lot to take on. All that we witnessed on this journey shows us that our world’s climate is incredibly interconnected and that it is at urgent breaking point.

We wanted to create a film that gave people a sense of urgency, that made them understand what particular things are going to solve this problem. We bring up the issue of a carbon tax, for example, which I haven’t seen in a lot of documentaries. Basically, sway a capitalist economy to try to invest in renewables, to bring less money and subsidies out of oil companies. These are the things that are really going to make a massive difference. It’s gone beyond, as we talk about in the film, simple, individual actions. We need to use our vote … We cannot afford to have political leaders out there that do not believe in modern science or the scientific method or empirical truths … We cannot afford to waste time having people in power that choose to believe in the 2 percent of the scientific community that is basically bought off by lobbyists and oil companies. They are living in the stone ages. They are living in the dark ages. We need to live in the future.” ~ DiCaprio

Check out the environmental movie ‘A Fierce Green Fire’

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.

Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

 

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Source:  A Fierce Green Fire

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