Obama’s farewell speech, which was directed at Trump supporters, i.e white people, was full of glory and exaltation.
“For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom. It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande, pushed women to reach for the ballot, powered workers to organize. It’s why GI’s gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima: Iraq and Afghanistan – and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well.”
Where is the space for our Native American brothers and sisters? Our nation exists because of the genocidal atrocities committed against Native Americans. The omission of this historical reality was especially glaring in light of the current events at Standing Rock. But, consistent with the re-writing of American history.