Pope Francis criticizes the policies of the Trump Administration but does not mention the treatment of California Native Peoples TODAY regarding Native Lands appropriated by the Church and the Spanish Government in the 1700 and 1800’s!
Pope Francis stated:
“In this regard, the right to prior and informed consent should always prevail,” he said. “Only then is it possible to guarantee peaceful cooperation between governing authorities and indigenous peoples, overcoming confrontation and conflict.”
Did, or does, the Pope apply the same pious rhetoric to the Mexican and California Native Peoples who were driven off of their lands and converted to Catholicism during the California Missionary period? Does the Pope care that the Ohlone, Costanoan, Esselen Nation, OCEN, the tribe that inhabited the greater Monterey/Carmel region of California, is not even officially recognized by the Federal Government nor does it have any real say in the day-to-day operations of the Missions in this region? This tribe lived with St. Serra at the Carmel Mission and helped to build that mission and the others in the region.
The Catholic hierarchy in California, especially under the Archbishop José Horacio Gomez in its Southern and Central dioceses, only pay attention to the native voices when there is a problem. The hierarchy still treats our native peoples like second class citizens and certainly not with the “respect” the Pope said they deserve.
Pope Francis spoke out seemly about he Dakota pipeline that was just approved by the Trump Administration. The contention by the tribes in the area was that the pipeline COULD damage their water supply in spite of engineering assurances that the pipeline would be safe and their water supply kept from harms way. Contrast this with actual ancient Native People’s burial grounds that surround the California missions that have been built upon, paved over, and not respected by the Church. The Pope has not said a word nor given any directives that would give the Native Peoples of these Missions any say in how the Mission Grounds are maintained or how improvements would be made. Hence, hypocrite…
In a past blog entitled, “Time for Social Justice? The Church, Its California Missions, & Its Native Peoples”, short link: http://wp.me/pY51c-Gt, there were several policies and actions that Pope Francis should insure that the California Archbishops and Bishops initiate immediately:
“New Social Justice by the Church: There are a couple of very simple efforts the Church could make to live up to Blessed Serra’s call for “Always Forward”.
- Mutual Support of Native Burial Grounds: Where there are recognized native people’s burial grounds, form agreements with the local Nations/Tribes to jointly maintain and preserve these grounds. If there are costs involved, work together to raise the funds necessary to properly maintain and preserve these grounds. We preserve art and artifacts, what is more important than human ancestral remains?
- More Open Access to Native Peoples: The Church should make sure that each mission develops policies and practices that welcome native peoples back to the missions either as individuals or groups. If there are special prayer ceremonies or other gatherings that can be scheduled, the local mission should be working with the native peoples to accommodate these events and make is easy on the native peoples to frequently engage in these events.
- Support Local Tribes: If there are local tribes that are seeking Nation status or have other needs requiring local, state or federal approval, the Church should support the native peoples in these efforts. That is not to say that the Church has to pay for the legal or other costs, but they should lend all of the support they can to facilitate the local peoples efforts.
- The Church, Act Like Blessed (now Saint) Serra: Serra was first and foremost an evangelist seeking to convert everyone he came in contact with. Conversion to the Catholic Faith was his passion and driving force and can be seen in all of his writings. Many of the descendants of the mission era native peoples were converted to Catholicism and baptized by Fr. Serra or his fellow friars. Many of these same people have fallen away from the Church for a lot of reasons just like other peoples. Perhaps the Church could make a more concerted effort to welcome these descendants back into the Church and welcome them as part of the Church and its mission roots.
- The Church Should Be Respectful: The Church and the Spanish founded the San Diego Mission in 1769. Recently, in Pacific Grove, California, a local member an early Esselen tribe was exhumed and the remains were found to be over 5,000 years old. Understand that the native peoples may look at the mission lands as their own and respect their right to do so. They are not going to take the lands back!”
Before Pope Francis takes himself too seriously regarding Native People Policy by others, perhaps a little papal introspection may be helpful. He is ignoring a whole civilization who no longer are practicing Catholics and feel that their Church has abandoned them. It is easy to criticize others but you better make sure your house is in order first.
Charlotte Police Action-Appears to be Justified Shooting
Officer Brently Vinson and Shooting Victim Keith Lamont Scott
Tulsa Police Actions-Police Reaction Less Clear
Officer Betty Shelby and Shooting Victim Terence Crutcher
Update, 9/22, Officer Shelby Will Be Charged with Manslaughter
This week, unfortunately, our nation was shocked with multiple acts of terror and two police actions that included shootings where the shooting victims were both Black. The officers that were involved were not quite so homologous.
Tulsa Police Officer, Betty Shelby: In Tulsa, the officer was Betty Shelby, a 43-year-old white female who began her law enforcement career in 2007 with the Tulsa County Sheriffs Department then joined the Tulsa Police Department in 2011.
Charlotte Police Officer: In Charlotte, the officer was Brently Vinson, a Black male who had joined the Charlotte PD two years ago.
The Charlotte incident was met with immediate community unrest and rioting resulting in injuries to at least 16 officers and thousands of dollars in property damage. There were also demonstrations in Tulsa. The question is why the Charlotte police shooting evoke a much stronger protest than the Tulsa police shooting?
The Tulsa incident was very well documented with video from dash cams as well as from an overhead police helicopter. Ironically one of the officers in the helicopter was the husband of the officer involved in the shooting. The audio from the chopper could not be heard by the officers on the ground. When you view the videos, read the transcripts of the recordings, and read the reports filed by the officers, there is a nagging question as to why Officer Shelby decided to use lethal force. This is accentuated by the actions of fellow Officer Tyler Turnbough, who is also white, when he made the decision to use a stun gun rather than his sidearm on Crutcher. The video and the recounting of the shooting by the officers who were on scene seem to confirm that Shelby and Turnbough both discharged their weapons at the same time. Below is the video from the dash cam in one of the police vehicles. Take some time and watch the events as they unfold.
Tulsa Shooting Video: Shots Fired at 1:55 on the recording
The questions in my mind were:
- Why did Turnbough feel a stun gun was more appropriate to deploy versus Shelby’s decision to use lethal force?
- What was in Shelby’s mind when she saw Crutcher seemingly reaching into the driver’s side window?
- What was Crutcher reaching into the vehicle to retrieve? There was no gun found on scene, only an unspecified amount of drugs.
- Why didn’t Crutcher simply comply with the officer’s commands when confronted with overwhelming force?
- Which officer on scene was in charge of the scene prior to the shooting?
The Charlotte incident apparently is documented by videos including body cams from some of the officers. Officer Vinson, who shot and killed Mr. Scott, was plain closed, wearing a police vest, and was not wearing a body cam. The Charlotte officials have not released the video yet to the public. (May have to shortly)(The primary difference between the Tulsa incident and this Charlotte incident was that Scott did have a firearm. As of this writing, we only have the account of the shooting from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney. He has stated that “The officers gave loud, clear, verbal commands, which were also heard by many of the witnesses,” Putney said. “Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it.” An officer subsequently fired his weapon, striking Scott, who police said was treated immediately and later pronounced dead.
Personally, I cannot image that Chief Putney, who is also Black, would spin a narrative that would not be confirmed by the body cams which he has reviewed. While the citizens of Charlotte may be skeptical about the shooting, the immediate resort to rioting and violence seems contrived and political. All officials, from the White House to State and Local officials should be calling for time to complete the investigation. Should the Charlotte PD release the video immediately? Not necessarily. As long as the due process is done expeditiously and thoroughly, and reviewed with the public, the public should wait for this to unfold. The shooting was witnessed, video recorded, and the perpetrator had a weapon. Time Out is required.
Rioting in Charlotte
The same is true for the Tulsa shooting. While the video accounts appear to call into question the decision by Officer Shelby to use lethal force, there are a lot of additional investigation tasks and forensics tasks to be completed. These incidents and the response to them, point to a key question:
Are We a Nation of Laws or Anarchy?
When we hear deafening silence from the White House and other authorities regarding the rioting and looting. These same law enforcement leaders refuse to call for time to process the incidents, and to allow the Laws of this Nation to be applied to these tragic events. In short, the White House and the Justice Department do not stand up for the Rule of Law! Their lack of response is a dog whistle for anarchy and Black Lives Matters is happy to kick into gear and destroy their own communities.
While Black lives certainly matter, all lives also matter. In 2016, there are approximately 850,000 local, State and Federal law enforcement officers. To date there have been 702 fatalities that have resulted from police shootings. 163 of these deaths were Blacks. This is 23% of the total deaths for a Black population that equals 13% of the total US population.
These statistics do not support a police racial bias charge by Black activists who use these incidents to fund raise and incite violence. Police, do not target Blacks for extinction and in fact show up at the riots to protect the protestors and the property and lives of those who live in the neighborhoods.
President Obama must stand against anarchy against the rule of law. Otherwise, his legacy will be that he intentionally put Black lives in harm’s way for political gain.
Black Vote-Critical for the Future of Blacks
LA Times on Black Polling (1):
Trump Jumps to 19.6% from 3%
Clinton Drops to 71.4% from 90.4%
Can Trump get 32% of the Black Vote and Return to the 1960 Level?
Wonder why the Clinton campaign is pulling out all of the black race baiters to attack Trump and has resurrected the Clinton initiated “Obama Birther” issue? Hillary is losing in the lower and middle-income black communities where they have seen first hand the devastation of inner-city leftist policies.
As the first Black President, Obama received 95% then 93% of the black vote in 2008 and 2012 respectively. Hillary is not the first Black President and in fact has mocked the Blacks time and time again with her phony accents and hot sauce routine!. She never even mentioned the plight of the Black inner-city communities until Trump stepped on her voting block! Oh sure, she gave phony lip service to Black Lives Matter as a divisionary tactic perfected by Obama to keep the wedge between the Black and White communities.
But, what has Hillary done in the past or on this campaign to rectify the 50% illiteracy rates in Chicago, Detroit and elsewhere in the Black inner-cities. NOTHING. She is deep in the pocket of the National Education Association union that fosters the “keep them in the ghetto” policies of the left.
What the left has underestimated is the innate intelligence in the Black Community that is saying “ENOUGH”.
“We don’t Have Anything to Lose Voting for Trump!
Fasten your seat belts as every Black Race Baiter and Black Caucus member will be out demonizing Trump so as not to lose their power over the Black constituency. But, Blacks want the same thing Whites, Hispanics, Muslims, Gays, Asians and every other human being wants, Freedom and the chance to live a fulfilled life and raise their families in peace and security.
Should be an interesting 49 Days!
PS: Hillary came out today and said that she will have a conversation with the Whites. Breitbart’s Charles Spierling reported earlier today: “We gotta tackle the systemic racism, this horrible shooting again, how many times do we have to see this in our country?” she said in an appearance on the Steve Harvey show. Clinton was specifically referring to the police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, saying he had his “hands in the air” when he was killed.” This shooting may or may not have been justified but should be a matter for the justice system, not pandering politicians and race baiters, to try in the media.
Without racism and the other “isms” and “phobes”, the left can’t win. Time to Re-Unite and take back our Country!
(1) Polling from September 10 through September 16, 2016
Hillary Joins Obama in Denigrating
the Deplorable “Bitter Clingers“!
Hillary Clinton once again states her disdain for the “average American” by lumping them into her “basket of ‘deplorables'” and tagging them as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic and any other “IST” or “PHOBES” you can imagine. Obama, in April of 2008, stated, “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
The Elitists of the left and right view anyone just West of New York and East of California as the “great unwashed” whose families actually worked for a living and may have actually “perspired” in doing so! The elitist believe that the “deplorables” have somehow devolved into a sub-human species. (If needed, they would have to rent a tuxedo!) But, while casting a wide net, Hillary has snared Blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ, and others in her Basket! That is the main problem with identity politics. Pretty soon you are pitting one “identity” against another.
Hillary’s and the Elitist’s Definitions:
Racist: A racist is a white person, or someone identifying as white person, who believes that everyone is equal and should be treated exactly the same regardless of race, creed, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
Sexist: A sexist is male, or presumably trans-sexual female identifying as a male, who disagrees with a female elitist or, heaven forbid, actually criticizes an elitist female, or male presenting as an elitist female.
Homophobic: a homophobe is anyone, of any race, creed, or ethnic origin who believes that what a same sex couple does in the privacy of their bedroom is no one’s business but that the “homophobe” has the right to not participate in or condone your same sex activities, or bake you a cake or make you a flower arrangement for your wedding. (kind of like a libertarian)
Xenophobe: A xenophobe is anyone who believes that sovereign nations should protect their own borders and establish immigration controls to insure the safety of their citizens. “Xenos” can be a member of the LGBTQ, Black, Hispanic, Asian or Whites who do not want unvetted refugees to be allowed into the US. Could also be anyone, of any race, creed, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation who do not want Islamic Terrorist to be allowed in the US or to remain in the US.
Islamophobic: Like a xenophobe but someone who may be a member of the LGBTQ, Black, Hispanic, Asian or Whites, and who is opposed specifically to allowing Islamic Terrorists into the US under any circumstance or elitist program. This can also include, ironically, American Muslims who oppose allowing unvetted Islamists into the US!
You Too Can Be a Bigot!
So, by their vary definitions, anyone (non-Elitist of course) can be offensive to anyone else or be offended by anyone else, regardless of their race, creed, ethnic origin or sexual orientation! So, even you can be one of the Elitist’s “ISTS” or “PHOBES”. The problem with identity politics is that sooner or later you form a circular firing squad and shoot yourself! The only way it works for an length of time is if one of the groups gives you a free pass and lets you to se them and also ignore their needs without consequences. This is true of the Black and Hispanic communities today. The Elitists have totally taken these groups for granted as a sure-thing voting block and only drag them out when they need to use them to condemn others of racism or xenophobia.
Orlando Islamic Terror Attack: It was tragic to watch but educational, when the Elitists tried to thread their way through their own identity politics after the Orlando Islamic Terror attack at the Orlando Gay nightclub. The elitist could not support Gays’ right to bear arms and defend themselves; could not explain why an Islamist could possibly attack the Gay community that the Elitists claimed as their own; and then to see that the victims where not only gay, but multi-racial and multi-ethnic, really confounded the lines of their Elitist Identity Politics.
Time to Ban Together with Other “Deplorables”!
So, when Hillary and the Elitist on the left and right describe their “Basket of Deplorables”, they cast a net that snared the majority of non-Elitist Americans regardless of race, creed, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. Outside of the Hollywood crowd, the uber-rich and uber-rich wanabes, the New York and West Coast social elites, and their pawns in the Political Elite circles, I give you the rest of America as the “Basket of Deplorables”.
Finally we have a pure example of how the Elites, exemplified by Hillary Clinton, divide us into groups for conquest, then play one of us against the other so we focus on each other and ignore the Elite’s sick machinations of the masses.
Time to Get Off of the Elite Merry-Go-Round
Vote for the Defender of the Basket of Deplorables
on November 8th. Donald J. Trump
Pointing the Finger Away From Herself and Her Corruption
Alt-Right, HUH?: The people outside of Hillary Clinton’s Reno, Nevada, event today were asked what they thought about Hillary speech centering around attacking Trump and the “Alt-Right”. Most did not know what “Alt-Right” was even though some thought attacking it would be a good thing? (Hillary is trying to equate Breitbart with the Alt-Right now that Steve Bannon is heading up Trump’s Campaign) The word “right” must have been the trigger. Joel Pollak of Breitbart asked several of the attendees about the Alt-Right. Go to this link to see their responses! https://youtu.be/YeymDHht2g8 .
Hillary Trying to Change the MSM Focus: Hillary’s speech was clearly an attempt to change the narrative of this past week that was centered around the Clinton Foundation’s alleged “Pay-To-Play” accusations in the MSM! The only problem is, NO ONE KNOWS WHO THE ALT-RIGHT IS, save a few journalists and pundits who regularly dive into political minutia. (I have to admit that I had to do some research to gain a better understanding of the term.) Her ploy was also to trump Trump’s outreach to the African-American and Hispanic voters and ask for their vote! His phrase, “What the hell do you have to lose” is resonating and is disturbing to Democrats.
Playing the RACE CARD: Hillary’s intent was to use a term, “Alt-Right”, attach it to Trump, and define it as a fringe group exemplified by the likes of David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan! And of course, claim Trump and his supporters are RACISTS. (just a matter of time before she dusted off that term and used it in this campaign) Of course so-called conservative pundits point to the fact that this stigma is Trump’s fault because he did not clearly denounce his endorsement by Duke during the primaries even though Trump repeatedly denounced Duke and the KKK but don’t let facts get in the way of a #NeverTrump person.
You can expect the hacks in the MSM to parrot Hillary’s outburst against this small and insignificant fringe group and try to focus the narrative back on Trump. Trump has been lazar focused on his message and will continue to campaign following his game plan. Whether the MSM will go back to the real issues of the campaign and the Clinton Pay-To-Play scandals is anyone’s guess. I do expect the #NeverTrump crowd to try to bash Trump and keep the focus off of Clinton! Trump has 74 days left to win this election and he and his campaign will remain focused…
Note: Who are the Alt-Right?: Scott Greer of “The Daily Caller” penned the most succinct and accurate definition of those involved in the Alt-Right: “The alt right is an online movement opposed to political correctness, multiculturalism, feminism and mainstream conservatism. It’s primarily comprised of young white men. While a large portion of its adherents are white nationalists, not all of the folks tweeting out the hashtag are concerned with enforcing Aryan supremacy. The alt right is an umbrella term which includes multiple ideologies — everyone from anarcho-capitalists, neo-monarchists, American nationalists, men’s rights advocates, “identitarians,” and even out-and-out neo-Nazis all claim to be apart of the alt right.” Most of the noise from this group is online chatter via trolling and most hide behind nondescript memes. What they are not are main stream Republicans, Independents, and Reagan (Trump) Democrats who are seeking to rebuild America and de-emphasize globalism!
What Is The Alt Right?