Saturday, August 6, 2016

Was America Great When It Burned Native American Babies? (Audio) (from @Truthdig)

Was America Great When It Burned Native American Babies? (Audio) (from @Truthdig): Benjamin Madley, a history professor and author, joins Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer to talk about a too-little-known part of California’s history: the government-supported massacres of indigenous people.
- 2016/08/05

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Tim Nolan said...

Madley is the guest for this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” podcast. He joins Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer to discuss this too-little-known aspect of California history. The two begin by talking about the label “genocide,” a term used by Madley in his book, “An American Genocide: The United States and the California Catastrophe, 1846-1873.”

“What are the disputes about whether this is genocide?” Scheer asks. “And what is the value of the term?”

Explaining that the term has a wide range of academic definitions, Madley notes that he is using “the 1948 United Nations genocide convention’s definition, because that is the definition that almost all nation-states in the world now subscribe to.” Madley explains that because of this definition, it is possible to prosecute those who have committed genocide.

“Frankly, there’s a lot at stake,” he says. “This is a major issue for the 150,000 people who identify themselves as California Indians. … Many of them see a relationship between the genocide and ongoing issues of historical trauma that are related to high rates of suicide, high rates of domestic violence and other health issues that impact California Indian people today.”