Julia Good Fox: A continuing attempt to dehumanize Indians
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
"In Indian country, considering our high rate of enlistment, concern might arise regarding the culture of rape in the U.S. military. The recent comments of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is worried that non-Native men might be held accountable for attacking American Indian females, demonstrate the continual attempt to dehumanize us. And related along these lines elsewhere in the Americas, the Canadian government is under fire to step-up its investigation of the more than 600 hundred Indigenous women that have been disappeared and murdered. And for nearly two decades, Ciudad Juárez has been suffering with a high rate of femicide as documented by numerous human rights groups.
So it goes? No. With our collective efforts, so it does not have to go. Misogyny is international but solutions are localized and can move forward assisted by solidarity and mutual assistance. In his weekly column, Kristof chronicles individual and grass-roots responses to misogyny and the war on females. Venida Chenault’s groundbreaking book, Weaving Strength, Weaving Power: Violence and Abuse against Indigenous Women, identifies community-based solutions. These and other writers, along with our families, friends, and communities, provide ways to end this hate against females, and can guide the way to the possibility of healing and reconciliation."
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