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Judi Lynn

(161,409 posts)
Mon Aug 27, 2018, 06:45 PM Aug 2018

Trump tweets about white farmers while indigenous peoples face annihilation

Raj Patel
As the alt-right obsesses over white South African farmers, indigenous activists are murdered in ever greater numbers

Sun 26 Aug 2018 22.24 EDT

The first time Donald Trump tweeted about Africa, he agonised over white people. After watching Fox News’ coverage of the South African land debate last week, the President of the United States instructed his secretary of state to look into the “large scale killing of farmers”. Followers of Peter Dutton’s nine months tenure at Australia’s home affairs ministry will recognise the lie, peddled by the “alt-right”, that black South Africans are targeting white farmers. As the Guardian reported in June, farmer and farmworker murders are at a 20-year low.

But for white people living in every settler state, there’s an awkward question that translates from the Americas to Australia to South Africa to Canada and beyond. How did land become private property, and is that property legitimate? Land struggles, it turns out, might be a way of teaching racists a bit of history and geography.

For as long as the modern state and corporation have existed, indigenous people have faced annihilation as they defend their land. According to Global Witness, last year saw a record 207 indigenous activists killed from India to Honduras while resisting mining and, above all, agribusiness industries. In order for the supplies of palm oil to continue uninterrupted, the indigenous people who live in suitable forest find themselves an impediment to profit.

The perpetrators wash the blood from their hands certain that governments won’t trouble them. In Brazil, for instance, the butchering of the Gamela indigenous people by farmers and security forces has yet to be prosecuted. Violence against activists has been met by the government of Michel Temer with a rollback of legislation protecting indigenous people and further support to agribusiness. Agribusiness returned the favour, protecting Temer from prosecution for corruption.

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Trump tweets about white farmers while indigenous peoples face annihilation (Original Post) Judi Lynn Aug 2018 OP
Kicked and recommended. Uncle Joe Aug 2018 #1
Trump has a history of attacking indigenous people. Guess who helped him? Marcuse Aug 2018 #2
The San. Igel Aug 2018 #3


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3. The San.
Tue Aug 28, 2018, 06:44 PM
Aug 2018

The dominant groups in South Africa have no better a record.

The Guardian worries about Brazil in defending South Africa against Trump. This erases the abysmal way the San have been treated and continue to be treated.

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