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Ward Churchill Speaks on Native American “Buying Power” and Other National Myths

Ward Churchill joined us to discuss the many mythologies that precede the more recent one of Indigenous Peoples “buying power” said recently to be headed toward “$96 billion.”  Churchill’s analyses, perspective and example are powerful as is his discussion of the penalties for “calling things by their right name” and the “rotation of culprits routine” that places focus on the flaws of individual leadership and, therefore, allows for systems to perpetuate themselves.

“A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado.  In addition to his numerous works on Indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Churchill has written over 20 books, including Fantasies of the Master Race, Struggle for the Land, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens, From A Native Son, Critical Issues in Native North America, The COINTELPRO Papers, Indians R Us?, Agents of Repression, Since Predator Came, and A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas. Five of his books have received human rights awards.”

 

8 Comments

  1. As usual enjoyed the program. Read & learned from Agents Of Repression over 20 years ago.It was the first text that pulled my coat to cointelpro. Dr. Ball, when are you going to interview Abayomi Azikiwe? The brothers of Your World News beat you to it. What ever happened to the Sons Of Malcolm a Peoples Talk Thang? Are you reading Ebony & Ivy by Craig Steven Watson? If so, what are your thoughts?

  2. Antara, every single reference in the piece you linked is the Selig Center which does more to support my argument that these numbers are fraudulent and all emanate from the same source and it’s severely flawed and vague data.

  3. For 2 Million Native Americans to have a yearly gross ‘spending power’ of approx $100 million = a per capita income of nearly $50,000/yr or almost $250,000/yr for a family of 5. For 40 million Blacks to have a yearly gross ‘spending power’ of $1.2 TRILLION = a per capita income of $30,000/yr = for a family of 5 – $150,000/yr. Obviously the mean income of for the ave Black family is only about $30,000 – 35,000/yr -&- for the aver Native American family likely less than $15,000/yr [Note: median income is dubiously claimed to be $38,000]. This begs the question how in hell did they conjure-up these figures???

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