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Destruction of Native culture will spill over to elimination of others



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Destruction of Native culture will spill over to elimination of others

CHURCHILL 1997 (Ward, Professor of Ethnic Studies at University of Colorado at Boulder, A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas, 1492 to the present, p. 346)

In days gone by, when a real miner’s canary began to show signs of distress, its owners could immediately abandon it to its fate, themselves scurrying to safety at the mouth of the mine. The cynically analogous use of indigenous nations in the context of nuclear proliferation is unworkable. As should by now be apparent, in this case there is quite simply nowhere safe to run. Rather than serving as an early warning of avoidable danger, then, the fate of radioactively colonized native peoples – whether concentrated in the Grants Uranium Belt or scattered across the upper reaches of Saskatchewan, around the Nevada Test Site or far out in the northern Pacific – should be seen merely as a prefiguration of what will happen – indeed, is happening – to everyone else. “The chickens,” as Malcolm X once put it with typically eloquent bluntness, have truly “come home to roost.”





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