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19 August 2012 @ 06:25 pm
[world] often infuriating  
The world makes me mad a lot of the time. And the final link below discusses some shitty statements made by a potential Missouri senator about rape, so you know.

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Pe' Sla: Help Save Lakota Sioux Sacred Land! Help Lakota people buy back part of their sacred lands before it is auctioned off and opened up for development.

Link to and blurb from the fundraising site. Plus here are a couple articles about it that at least briefly address the problematic nature of having to buy back the land in the first place:

"Sioux Tribes Upset Over Sale of Sacred Site in SD": Raising money to buy the land is a monumental and controversial undertaking for the Sioux tribes. An 1868 treaty set aside the Black Hills and other land for the Sioux, but Congress passed a law in 1877 seizing the land following the discovery of gold in western South Dakota. A 1980 U.S. Supreme Court ruling awarded more than $100 million to the Sioux tribes for the Black Hills, but the tribes have refused to accept the money, saying the land has never been for sale. There are Sioux tribes in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Canada.

"There are a lot of our people that absolutely 100 percent do not agree with paying any money for land that we consider still ours, but the reality is we sometimes are forced to fight with the rules of the United States," Iron Eyes said.

"Sioux tribes seek to buy sacred land in S.D.": To people such as Charmaine White Face, coordinator of the Rapid City-based environmental group called Defenders of the Black Hills, it seems ludicrous that tribal people should have to pay at all for something that was illegally taken from them in the 1800s.

"It's always been difficult for us to accept this concept of buying back your own land, you know what I mean?" White Face said. "The question I have is, if according to the 1980 Supreme Court decision, the Black Hills was an illegal taking, then how does anyone have legal title to the land?"

That said, she like others within the Great Sioux Nation are hoping for the best in the next week. Iron Eyes said one of the tracts is considered most important, and the tribes would at least like to buy that one. But in reality, they would like them all.

"We keep praying for a miracle," White Face said. "If some very wealthy person would buy it and donate the land back to us, that would be a miracle. That would be an excellent miracle."

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Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant: Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.

Not only am I fucking infuriated over this (not to mention his history of horrible statements and actions when it comes to rape and abortion bills), but the ableist language being used by people speaking out against him is pissing me right the hell off. Fucking hell, people, because just because he believes and says these horrible things does not mean he is crazy, and your horrible use of ableist language is really undercutting your statement.

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lilacsigil: 12 Apostleslilacsigil on August 20th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
(I have donated to the Sioux fundraiser a few days ago - land rights here in Australia have a long and difficult history, and it's appalling that their sacred site can be sold without it going to them first.)

I hate the word "crazy" (unless for self-use) not just because it's ableist but because it totally obscures the totally sane, totally calculated EVIL of that statement.