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Manifest Destiny

Radical Christian Terrorists

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Terrorism has been described generally as the use of violence, or the threat of violence, to accomplish a political, religious, or ideological purpose...

Déjà Vu in Oregon. Not exactly.

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 01.20.2016 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

Imagine, if you will, if a group of armed Latinos or Native Americans had occupied Malheur professing to violently resist eviction? I suspect that Harney County, state, and federal officials would have mobilized swiftly. I invite readers to imagine the scene and outcome.

Village Seal and Sports' Mascots Representing Racist History

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe this so-called "honoring," taking "pride" in, and "respecting" Native Americans by the cultural descendants of those who engaged in land theft, forced evacuations and slaughter strikes me as justification for further misappropriation of cultural symbols.

Violence and Becoming the Myth We Perpetuate

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

A new national narrative is needed. A narrative that admits the past national evil and lauds past national good.

From China to America and Back Again

Frank H. Wu | Posted 10.18.2015 | Education
Frank H. Wu

In an era of American anxiety about what until recently was called "the Orient," his survey of the subject shows how our apprehensions endure, always underneath the surface of diplomacy and etiquette.

'Hero': Fawn Rogers Confronts Andrew Jackson and America's Treatment of Native Americans

Lisa Derrick | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

For the past few days I have been tuning into a live stream starring a rat in glass tank with a pile of $20 bills and green and gold spinning wheel that is too small for him. The rat knocks over the wheel, messes with the money in his ratty way as a backdrop changes randomly.

The Civil War's Forgotten Battlefield

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 05.03.2016 | Travel
Mark Yzaguirre

In many ways, the Battle of Palmito Ranch was a minor battle over the much larger issues that would define the political terms in North America in the middle of the 19th Century.

Lying to Children About the California Missions and the Indians

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

All my life, I have heard only one story about California Indians: godless, dirty, stupid, primitive, ugly, passive, drunken, immoral, lazy, weak-willed people who might make good workers if properly trained and motivated. What kind of story is that to grow up with?

White Terrorism

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The president doesn't "love" America? Would that it were true. Would that the president felt a responsibility to the global future and, at the same time, could summon our real past, grieve for its victims and vow with every fiber of his being to atone for our history of slavery and conquest: the "white terrorism" of manifest destiny. Would that the president didn't "love" our myths.

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Books
Alex Cacioppo

Americans like to think that they live in a perpetual present, as author Ilan Stavans, a Jewish-Mexican immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, writes in A Most Imperfect Union, lavishly illustrated by his compadre Lalo Alcaraz. But that is another illusory convention that, like many others, gets knocked down in the manner of a summary execution.

Beyond M.A.D.: Reviving Nuclear War

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Unless the paradigm shifts and we redefine ourselves as a nation -- and we redefine our relationship to other nations, including our alleged enemies -- our future is nuclear weapons we can use.

Manifest Delusion: Debunking American Exceptionalism to Protect Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As a country, we have continued to lose standing throughout the world as a legitimate voice for human rights, as a responsible member of a community of nations, as an arbiter of peace, or as a party protective of the planet. We have seen our standing reduced from a beacon of freedom to a beacon of financial self-interest.

Oil Is the New Fur

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

The news this week on the Fort Berthold Reservation was not good. One million gallons of brine from fracking operations spilled in an 8,240 feet long flow down a ravine near Bear Den Bay and Lake Sakakawea.

Sarajevo 1914 and New York City 2001: Is It Happening Again?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Sarajevo 1914 does not appear so distant, at least in terms of rhetoric and inclination to dehumanize the other. But, then perhaps our awareness has been raised to the danger.

The Romans, Just Wars and Exceptionalism

Shadi Bartsch | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Shadi Bartsch

American citizens concerned about our military policy abroad might find an interesting mirror in ancient Rome. The Romans were pretty sure they were the good guys

Jesus, Capitalism and Manifest Destiny

Kamran Pasha | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

If I can provide any insight as a Muslim observer of Christianity, it is that many American Christians do not really appreciate what wondrous beauty they have in the character of Jesus, their teacher.

Religion Cause for War?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

If organized religion is not exclusively responsible for war, nonetheless, it is fair to ask does it justify our loyalty at least for preventing conflict and killing? More fundamentally, does organized religion tip the scales for peace over war? 

The Uproar Over Gap's 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt

Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart | Posted 12.25.2012 | Style
Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart

A T-shirt is just a T-shirt, right? What about a T-shirt that invokes the bloody policy of discrimination and oppression of your community? For American Indians like me, Gap's T-shirt is particularly offensive. The issue stung more because Gap was my first employer.

PHOTO: Gap Pulls Controversial T-Shirt After Huge Outcry

The Huffington Post | Jessica Misener | Posted 10.16.2012 | Style

Today in Potentially Racist Clothing Disasters.

On Columbus Day, It's Time to Rethink Our 'Manifest Destiny'

Richard Steiner | Posted 12.08.2012 | Green
Richard Steiner

There is a better way to govern our last frontiers. The first thing we need is a "timeout." We need a lot more science, and more deliberate thinking about whether this frontier development will help, or hinder, our quest for a sustainable future.

Sputnik? New Frontier? Where Is the Historical Analogy for Green?

Michael Kanellos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kanellos

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said the U.S. had recently experienced a Sputnik moment in clean energy. That officially marked the 537th Sputnik moment of the last ten years.

Manifest Destiny: Our Land, Our Bodies

Natalia Rose | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Natalia Rose

As you might remember from grade-school American history, Manifest Destiny was the 19th-century U.S. claim that its settlers were divinely ordained to...