I am an Indian woman. I am native to the americas.
In May of 1999, Josh Harper was part of the eco-colonial brigade that came to Neah Bay to sabotage the the Makah rite/right to return to traditional whale hunting. As so many times before in our history, we were forced to watch as the ghosts of the Seventh Calvary rode the waves of our waters just as Custer onc galloped the hills and valleys of Indian land to take us to slaughter.
When I look back on the ugly resistance and harrassment that white folks brought to Peninsula Bay that year and read about how tomorrow's June 4 benefit will touch on topics of "recent repression and making it through seemingly dark times," my heart hurts with so much anger that I actually have to laugh.
RECENT repression? Sit with me a minute and let me tell you something about repression. A kind of repression dating back oh, must be over 500 years now. And "dark times?" Hey, how much time do you have? I got a few stories about very dark times indeed.
Here's the thing; I would very much like to understand why I should respect or support Josh Harper or respect or support any coalition of support for Josh Harper. I would really like to understand why I should support a young man who helped bring the nightmare of repression and dark times back all over again for the Makah.
And at your gathering tomorrow, I would like to ask that you all take a look around and see how many people of color are among you. And if you count only a very few, I would like to ask that you ask yourselves why this is. And this time, I would like to ask that you not only ask the question, but actually find an ANSWER among your selves to this question.