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I want to warn you that the poem at the end of Arthur's post is racist,
hate-filled and inflammatory. Makah Days starts today and KBOO is
over to broadcast parts of it (so if you're in listening range, tune in).
At the very end I will add e-mail addresses again in case you feel moved
to respond to this continued racist attack against First Nations.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1999 08:20:46 -0700
From: arthur <bayou at blarg.net>
To: isco at efn.org
Cc: bayou at blarg.net
Subject: The Continuing Saga Of The Eco-Racists
>From AREAN; bayou at blarg.net
THE CONTINUING SAGA OF THE ECO-RACISTS
When I first confronted Sea Shepherd and its supporting organizations,
over the issue of how they were handling their confrontation with the
Makahs, I thought I was just dealing with people who were just
opportunists who were using a tactic to win their issue. It seemed that
they felt that they already had the support of most environmentalists and
animal rights people and that none of these people would ever dare
question anything they did. So they set out to increase their support
base by joining with those who would be against anything that any
Native people did. This was not the first time I had seen such people use
what ever they felt they could use, including racism, to win their "issue".
For that is an old "American" tradition. Winning a "issue" is more
important than how you win. But the more I found out about these
people, the more I find myself realizing there is much more to all this
than I ever realized.
Sea Shepherd and its supporting organizations represent a growing
rightwing turn in parts of the environmental movement. It was in 1997
that Sea Shepherd recruited the extremist rightwing anti-tribal activist
Jack Metcalf in the campaign against the Makah people. Metcalf had a
long history of not only being anti-tribal, but also a racist organizer for
the "Wise Use" movement who was out to work in the interests of the
corporations and white property owners. His goal was to open up public
and tribal land to the interests he represented. Thus, he saw working
with Sea Shepherd against the Makah people as a good opportunity to
expand his campaign against the treaties between the First Nations and
the U.S. Government. Sea Shepherd gave him what he wanted by also
threatening those treaties.
Then Sea Shepherd, and its supporting organizations, set out to
arouse a racist backlash, not only against the Makahs, but also against
Native people in general. The reason they went after Native people in
general was that they hoped to force other Native people to side against
the Makahs by making them suffer for the actions of the Makahs. Paul
Watson made this very clear when he stated that "if the Makahs take a
whale then all Indian people would suffer." Watson even went so far as
to use Americian "patriotism" to advance his campaign in the same way
it is used to arouse the Americian people against so-called foreign
enemies. The idea was to create the image of the American people vs
the enemy being the Makahs and Native people in general.
The result in all this was a racist backlash that was carried on in the
newspapers, radio and tv. Later it included many death threats, a bomb
threat to a Native school, the harassment of Makah children, the
harassment of Native people throughout the state of Washington and so
Now I read in Sea Shepherd's web site that Sea Shepherd, Sea
Defense Alliance and other such organizations have been showing up at
recent campaign rallies of Sen. Slade Gorton and at one in Friday
Harbor presented him with awards. Sen. Slade Gorton is another long
time anti-tribal activist who many environmentalists know for his work in
the interests of the timber and mining companies. In a letter posted by
Sea Shepherd from Sen. Gorton he says; "I am more convinced today
than ever before that we must bring common sense back to the
relationship between this country, our laws and Native American tribes.
All Americans should be subject to the same laws." If you do not
understand what he is really saying let me explain it. He is using terms
that have been used by not only by anti-tribal people but also by people
against such things as civil rights which says that anything society does
to correct any of the wrongs done to any group of people is some how
taking rights away from white Americans. In this case it means
eliminating the treaties between the First Nations and the U.S.
Sen. Gorton is a supporter of the Bush presidential campaign. And I
find it rather interesting that Bush's father, the warmongering former
president and former head of the CIA, on June 22 named Paul Watson a
"Daily Point Of Light". In issuing this award Bush states "Your acts of
generosity and community action exemplity the spirit of service and set
a standard of excellence to which people of all ages can aspire." Given
the service to the corporate community of Bush as the head of the CIA,
as Reagan's Vice-President and then as President, we all know the type
of service Watson was awarded for.
Then yesterday I was sent a poem (see below) that was sent to a
member of the Puyallup Nation by the Sea Defense Alliance
"commander" Athena McIntyre that shows just how far the racism and
hate has gone by some of the so-called environmentalists.
I do not view all environmentalists as racist, even though this is how
some have seen my words. I view myself as an environmentalist and I
view the actions of Sea Shepherd and its supporting organizations as a
sellout of the environmental movement. My view of environmentalism
says that all things are connected and that we cannot sellout any part of
the environment (such as Sea Shepherd has soldout those working on
forest and mining issues) for the sake of one "issue". Also, we humans
are a part of the environment and how we treat each other is directly
connected to how we treat the rest of the environment. Thus, by using
racism Sea Shepherd and its supporting organizations have become
anti-environmentalists. And last, the real threat to the environment is not
Indigenous People as Sea Shepherd claims, but rather the greed of the
global multinational corporate industialization. Sea Shepherd, and its
supporting organizations should be viewed as having joined the enemies
of Mother Earth and the people.
For The Well-Being Of All
Arthur J. Miller
A HATE POEM BY SEA DEFENSE ALLIANCE "COMMANDER"
I AM NOBLE MAKAH WHALER!
I LOOK UPON THE SEA
FONDLING MYSELF, I WONDER
WHAT THE JAPANESE HAVE FOR ME
I'LL HONOR NOBLE WHALE
BY DOING UP SOME SMACK
AND WHEN I FINISH THAT
I'LL DO A LITTLE CRACK!
I'L SNIFF A LITTLE METH
I'LL DRINK A KEG OF BEER
THIS A GREAT CULTURAL TRADITION
TIL A BABY WHALE GETS HERE
I'LL BEAT UP MY WIFE
LEAVE MY KIDDIES BEREFT
THIS IS MAKAH TRAINING!
AND TRADITION MUST NOT BE LEFT!
TERRORIZE OLD WOMAN
HER DEAD DOG LIES NEAR
GOT TO HAVE SOME FUN, BOYS
TIL' THE WHALE GETS HERE
O LOOK HERE COME WHITE RAVEN
SHE WRITING US A POEM
WE'LL SEE IF WHITEY BUYS THE JUNK
THAT COMES FROM THAT OLD CRONE.
SEE MY NOBLE RIFLE
50 CALIBER YOU HEAR
I WISH THAT I COULD LICK IT
TIL THE WHALE GETS HERE.
HA HA I'LL TELL OLD WHITEY
A LOTTA "TRADITION" BUNK
BUT, HECK IF HE DON'T BUY IT
I'LL JUST GET PISSING DRUNK
HE JUST MIGHT BUY MY GARBAGE
YOU JUST CAN NEVER TELL!
IF HE DON'T. I'LL JUST SCREAM "RACIST"
WHEN I BLOW A WHALE TO HELL
I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO DO IT!
BLOOD AND GORE I LICK ANBD SUCK
HEY WON'[T IT BE FUN BOYS
WHEN THE WHITEFOLK ALL UPCHUCK.
O GREAT CREATOR
SEND A WHALE, BUT HECK
I THINK WHILE I'M WAITING
I'LL PICK UP MY WELFARE CHECK!
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