The University – Amerikuh: Past policies, future hopes

Today we explore Amerikuh. The red, white and blue. We review policies of the past & hopes shared by American scholars for the country’s future. We also listen student’s views on our country at Voices On Campus.

The University co-hosts and rabblerousers: Miriam Mimi Madrid, Theresa Cole, Carolyn Jarvis

Segments:

From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians

“The white people, who are trying to make us over into their image, they want us to be what they call “assimilated,” bringing the Indians into the mainstream and destroying our own way of life and our own cultural patterns. They believe we should be contented like those whose concept of happiness is materialistic and greedy, which is very different from our way.

We want freedom from the white man rather than to be intergraded. We don’t want any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace. We don’t want power, we don’t want to be congressmen, or bankers….we want to be ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land and because we belong here.

The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had “freedom and justice,” and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this.”

Dr. Vincent Harding on the Amerikuh We’re Tasked to Build 

The beautiful and powerful healing words Dr. Vincent Harding shared are an oath of creating an America that does not yet exist.

Woody Guthrie — I Ain’t Got No Home/Old Man Trump by the Missin’ Cousins

In his two years at Beach Haven, Woody Guthrie witnessed Old Man Trump’s racist practices, and wrote some of his most bitter songs and lyrics, including a re-write of “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” aimed directly at Old Man Trump:

Beach Haven ain’t my home!

I just cain’t pay this rent!

My money’s down the drain!

And my soul is badly bent!

Beach Haven looks like heaven

Where no black ones come to roam!

No, no, no! Old Man Trump!

Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!

 

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