American Indian Movement, Florida
Copyright © 2000 AIMFL
Stop Celebrating the Madness, Stop Gloryfing Genocide, Stop Honoring Genocider Andrew Jackson.
FLORIDA - In America it seems we haven't really listened to the survivors of the horrific Nazi attempted genocide on the Jewish people of Europe. For decades they have told us not to forget, and Never Again! Yet here, in today's America, the dominant society has forgotten and turned a blind eye to its past and the present. We have statues, parades, and festivals to honor those who slaughtered, murdered and committed Genocide against the Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Christopher Columbus, Hernando De Soto, Menendez, Navarez, Chivington, and Andrew Jackson are honored as heroes America should emulate. Yet in a country that claims to pride itself on equality, there are no government sponsored and sanctioned genocidal glorification celebrations for Adolf Hitler, Pol Pott, Ted Bundy, Pinochet, Charles Manson and their ilk. It only is those who slaughter and murder Indian peoples for whom the party is reserved. The results are today, in America, hate crime murders strike! a chord of disgust from sea to shining sea-except when the victims are American Indians.
What peace group held a candle light vigil for Robert Many Horses? Or Wallace Black Elk Jr., or Little John Means, or Justin Redday, or Ronald Hard Heart. Or any of the dozens of American Indian hate crime victims in Mobridge, Rapid City and Sisseton, SD; White Clay, NE; Albuquerque, NM; or South Carolina? None. There is no national outrage. In part the reason is the simple fact that those who kill Indians are extolled as heroes in America.
For decades the good people of Tallahassee have taken time out of their lives to celebrate the arrival of spring with the Springtime Tallahassee event. This signature event should define Tallahassee; instead it defined all that is wrong with America; racism, genocide, and the denial of either one's existence. For more than a decade local human rights activists and people of goodwill have called upon the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and the organizers of Springtime Tallahassee to enter the dialogue of cooperation to find a way to remove the repugnant genocider Andrew Jackson from being the figurehead of the celebration. For more than a decade the City, County and organizers have ignored these people of goodwill.
There is no question what Andrew Jackson did. As an army general he lead two of the most notorious slaughters of Indian people. He supervised as a General and then as President the forced marches of 125,000 Indian people, of which more than half were killed, starved or drowned, to Oklahoma Indian territory. His death march of the Tsalagi (Cherokee people) defied a ruling from the United States Supreme Court (Worcester v Georgia). Andrew Jackson's death marches and massacres of Indigenous people were inspiring to a young Adolf Hitler who utilized Jackson's treatment of Indigenous peoples as a blueprint for NAZI Germany's treatment of the Jewish people. This is the man the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, the sponsors and the organizers of Springtime Tallahassee are venerating as a hero.
After a decade of politely asking, it is time to STOP this insane glorification of a murderer. After a decade of begging for the dialouge of cooperation, it is time to STOP the madness of honoring those who kill Indian peoples. We call upon all HUMAN BEINGS to join the American Indian Movement of Florida in Tallahassee on April 1, 2000 to properly ring in the so-called new millenium by STOPPING the disease of genocide in its tracks, so we can truly say "Never Again." And mean it.
For more information contact:
Sheridan Murphy or David Narcomey