The year 2020 has seen a sharp spike in American Origines reclaiming their history. Diverting the anti-copper-colored imagery for Indians existent in the media has proved to be toilsome for the first-nations people, but not without triumph. Origines can now not only be the face of their own culture, but have their voices amplified concerning one of the major issues plaguing the American Aborigine narratives.
Many can attest that regalia, name changes, and tribal pride can only take one so far in terms of restoring connection to their roots. And it’s no secret that even when Origines retrace their lineage and return to their customs, classification remains a major roadblock for some.
Paper genocide is the mass reclassification of indigenous autochthonous populations for the gain of their rights to the land, resulting in poverty, loss of identity, disconnect from culture, and absence of their original tongue. This is typically the standard process with the colonization of any group of people. Paperwork is introduced, those people agree, more or less, to be acknowledged by a legal term of which they have minimal understanding, and in a land governed by treaties, declarations, and legally binding contracts-- this is suicide.
Hence the classification of copper-colored Origines of America as ‘black’, ‘negro’, ‘mulatto’, ‘colored’ or ‘African-American’ on paper. As Origines, such classifications are hindrances in total liberation and empowerment of our people. However, one of these is different from the others, more common in the twenty-first century, and the most threatening to Origine emancipation.
Black has long been a binding title for Origines, since the beginning of the early 1900s when the census was first introduced. For over a hundred years now, Origines have been running with a title which has a distorted portrayal compared to it’s meaning, and doesn’t offer any of the protections owed to a group such as ours. Not only is Black dangerous to our liberty, but it is dangerous to our internal identity because anyone can claim to be black.
Generally speaking, Americans are the only ones who use black and white as race denominations. All other groups of people utilize their nation, country, lineage, tribe, or region to denote their identity. This is largely due to the fact that Color Law is embedded in the United States system, unlike other countries, and since its establishment during Jim Crow, it has not yet been overruled.
Black has many definitions depending on the etymological root one chooses to magnify. For instance, the proto-germanic root is ‘blakaz’, meaning to burn. Another, the Old English ‘blac’-- shining or pale. And most notably, ‘bleak’: to be wan, bleached, pale, and barren. Although self proclaimed scholars suggest the most latter has no relation to blakaz, blac, or blaec, etymological progressions tell a different story.
Notwithstanding, this is the undefinable, incomprehensible, and ignorantly blanketed term cast over all melanated groups on earth despite where they’re from. It lumps Kenyans with Ghanaians, Ethiopians with Haitians, Haitians with Papua New Guineans, and Papua New Guineans in with Turtle Island Origines, leaving no room for distinguishment of tribe, culture, or history. Even more so, the ridiculous classification of all melanated peoples into one group feeds the narrative that all melanated groups branched from Africa through various slave trades, and erases the centuries of history which existed long before such events.
Papua New Guineans, for example, are a tribal Autochthonous group of islanders from Papua New Guinea. With Negroid phenotypes and afro hair textures, pursuits of this people claim they’re descending from Africans. However, as an Island never having experiencing slavery, the theory these people migrated to their home during the ‘Out of Africa’ period is mere speculation, and frankly anthropologically and culturally incorrect.
Like many autochthonous populations of the western hemisphere, theoretical insertions are observed as fact concerning identity, which oftentimes can be dispelled with thorough research. For many generations, scholars suggested the Aborigine population of Australia were migrants from Africa who arrived some few hundred years prior to colonization. But after close study of their language, culture, and most importantly their genetics, anthropologists concluded that Australoid Aborigines were present long before the previous assumptions, and even into the era of Pangea, when all continents and tectonic plants were conjoined as one land mass. Even though this group is a melanated people, would it be fair to call them black or African since they have no historical affiliation with either classification?
It brings American Origines into question, who were once suggested to ALL be descendents of Africans brought to the Americas by way of slave trade or later. Yet, with the discovery of Luzia, the remains of a paleo-Indian woman found in Brazil, the claims of melanated populations present in the western hemisphere prior to slave trade is no longer mere speculation. Her remains are about 12,000 years old-- older than any recorded history for the Americas (made available to the public at any rate) outside of oral tradition and self-depictions. Considered an American Origine, Luzia represents the race of the first inhabitants of not just Brazil, but of North, Central, and South America as a whole. Unfortunately, her descendants and the descendants of those like her have not yet fully grasped the implications of being legally misnomered.
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The governing principles upon which the United States is currently said to be rooted were formally established in 1787 with the American Constitution. This document is what guarantees, grants, and even denies rights to United States residents based on status of citizenship. However, what was established still affects those classified as black since in 1787, during the publication of the Constitution, slavery was ongoing, and no one slave was considered a citizen, but property. This means that unless one’s status has since been legally corrected, Blacks and African Americans technically don’t have inalienable rights under the US Constitution.
“We the people” did not, does not, and will not include any one person or people who were not or are not legal citizens of the United States. The swift creation of the prison industrial complex immediately after slavery enables the legal transfer of property, i.e. slaves. The U.S. Constitution was amended multiple times after it’s creation, and the thirteenth time resulted in the legalization of a different kind of slavery.
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
The above Constitutional amendment comes just after the Emancipation Proclamation, to effectively revolutionize the economy of the south and moralize slavery. This is by far the largest factor affecting the rights, protections, and entitlements of American Origines who’ve been on the land before the invasion of Caucasians. Coinciding with the infamous Jim Crow Laws, anyone with apparent negro ancestry was considered a colored person and thus subject to unfair segregation.
Thanks to the politics of Thomas Jefferson, who initiated the one-drop blood descent discriminations, Origines who resembled Africans were no longer privileged to maintain their own status as Origines, but were instead considered Colored, Negro, and Black. This is why dark skinned, copper colored, melanated, and afro-hair-textured American Indians are considered impure and/or the result of interracial between “Natives” and African slaves.
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