Burying our heads in the sand

by Willie Walk­ing­stick

Six­ty years is not so long ago. It is with­in the life­time of peo­ple still alive today. But even if it were one hun­dred years or 200 years, it is not too long ago that we should try to bury its truths in the grave of ancient his­to­ry.

This coun­try was found­ed on racism and geno­cide, and until we come to terms with that, we will nev­er be free from its painful grasp on our hearts and minds.

Charles LaFontaine, a black man, was with­out a doubt the vic­tim of racism. You know that and I know that. There are peo­ple alive, right now, who know what hap­pened to him —maybe even had some­thing to do with his death.

Sher­iff Sweet and Vern Van Bib­ber, and oth­ers, say it is too long ago, or it will cost too much mon­ey, or it will be divi­sive. I say, that’s okay. We need to con­front it, at what­ev­er cost, in order to heal our­selves and put our com­mu­ni­ty back in bal­ance.

This entire nation needs some kind of truth and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process to answer for the geno­cide of indi­an peo­ples and the slav­ery of Africans. Until we do this we can have no real moral author­i­ty in the world, and we will nev­er be a healthy peo­ple.

There’s no cost too great for jus­tice.

About Willie Walkingstick

Germaine City Councilor. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, and leader of the Wilbur County chapter of AIM.

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