Food for thought: The word “civilization” is a synonym for “domination.” Some months ago, I turned to my massive Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (unabridged) and looked up the word “civilization.” I found: “The act of civilizing” “esp[ecially] the forcing of a particular cultural pattern on a population to whom it is foreign.”
Hundreds of years of evidence show that “a destructive pattern of domination” was forced upon us. Thus, we are able to further clarify Webster’s by slightly modifying the above definition: “the forcing of a cultural pattern of domination on free nations and peoples to whom that domination is foreign.” Over a period of many generations, most often without noticing, we, the original nations and peoples of this part of Mother Earth, have been conditioned into a habit of obedience to the domination. It has gotten to the point that many of us no longer resist the patterns imposed on us by the dominating society of the United States.
Whenever we treat the anti-Indian law system of the United States as if it were legitimate, meaning “valid” and “acceptable,” we are thereby demonstrating our unwillingness to resist its dominating patterns of thought and behavior. Back in 1973, Claus Mueller wrote: “Legitimacy confers authority on a system of domination” (Political Communication, Oxford University Press).
When originally free nations and peoples learn to treat a system of domination as if it is acceptable and rightful (i.e., legitimate in the larger sense), and when they no longer resist its effort to dominate them, this will make it seem as if they are voluntarily submitting themselves to that system’s dominance. They begin to silently behave as if they believe that the domination is legitimate and therefore deserves their obedience, even if that is not their belief.
Historically, since the invasion, new children born to the original nations and peoples were reared in the social, cultural, and linguistic context of the domination. The domination system, through its schools and its churches, molded the minds of those children during their most formative years. The children learned patterns of speech, thought, and behavior that reinforced the unquestioned belief that the domination is legitimate. Even worse, they were conditioned so as to be incapable of recognizing the domination. It was given many other names to mask it (“United States” “America” etc.).
ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: U. S. Anti-Indian Law: A Question of Legitimacy – ICTMN.com.