Friday, January 15, 2016

The Revenant: How It Distorts History & Why Not to See It

If you are wondering whether or not to see The Revenant, written by Michael Punke and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it depends on how much you enjoy watching graphic violence and distorted history.

To put this movie into perspective, the writer, Punke, is white and serves as a trade representative and US Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. This may explain the subtle, yet sinister way that the movie distorts history.

To begin with, the movie perpetuates the myth that Native Americans scalped settlers. However, this barbaric custom was introduced by the Spaniards and adopted by settlers, who would often offer bounties for the scalps of Native Americans.

The movie also shows the Native Americans as violent and vengeful, searching for settlers to kill and attacking groups of people unprovoked. This demonizes Native Americans and gives viewers the idea that settlers had somehow been justified in history for defending themselves [sic] against the Native Americans.

It also glorifies Americans, as the hero of the movie is a white, American male (DiCaprio) and a massacre perpetuated on an Indian village shown in the movie is carried out by the French, not Americans.

Another subtle distortion of history includes the description of the Pawnees and Sioux Indians. The Pawnees are idealized in this movie, and one Pawnee character tells DiCaprio that his village was massacred by the Sioux. While the Pawnees and Sioux were known to be old tribal enemies, according the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown, Pawnees were historically known to be mercenary scouts of the white settlers, often helping them to hunt down other bands of Native Americans fleeing from Americans soldiers.

The movie uses graphic violence throughout, as our society becomes more and more desensitized to violence that we crave more and more. Violence sells.

This movie has won several Golden Globe awards, but the danger here is that Hollywood is very effective in influencing what we believe even if it is a lie. Although the acting is well performed and it uses many First Nation actors, the hero is white. It is a shame and a sham.

Could you image a best selling movie where the hero was Native American? What about a movie about a real Native American hero like Crazy Horse - an Oglala Sioux warrior that never gave up defending his people? But I doubt Hollywood or the American public is ready for a real dose of history.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Crackdown NOW!

ICE checking IDs and detaining people in Oakland, Hayward, Newark,SF and Watsonville. Reported by friends, @ Home Depot Watsonville, @ Mi Pueblo in Oakland. In Watsonville, Home Depot let ICE Agents into the store.‪#‎KeepSCCIceFree‬

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Muslim Bullying Social Experiment (ISIS Islamophobia Social Experiment)

Notice how it is the children who are most influenced by this experiment's hateful message and who go along with it. It is very telling of the possible effects of the messages our society is getting through mainstream media. Just watch:

US Defense Department Lists Countries It Plans to Bomb Following Presidential Elections

The next targets on the US-led Global War on Terrorism [sic] have essentially been announced in the omnibus bill  that President Obama signed into existence on December 18.

It indiscriminately labels Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan and its citizens as terrorists under the HR 158 Visa Waiver Program rider.

This reflects the hate and ignorance that runs rampant in the United States (and other western countries and their allies).

History repeats when the facts do not matter any longer. But it can repeat only so many times until there will be nothing left in the world to fight over.

US Department of Defense Strategic Military Action Plan 2016

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Obama Signs HR 158 As A Rider In The Budget

It unfairly labels Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan as countries which export terrorism, but among others, overlooks one the America's biggest allies, Saudi Arabia, as dens of terrorism. 

This will effect Americans as well as foreign nationals. This is all too similar to Nazi Germany by stirring up fears and excuses to perpetrate genocide against an entire people.

We need a REAL MOVEMENT in the Iranian-American community in solidarity with other groups targeted by this bill and being stereotyped by right wing politicians and the media. We need REL ACTION with REAL PEOPLE in the streets and areas where this right wing thought is being able to flourish and grow. 

We need to target the conservative and ignorant before it is TOO LATE and time runs out for our own self destruction.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Demand Justice For Mario Woods!

Another execution of a young, Black man this time by the San Francisco Bayview Police Force. The victim, Mario Woods, is already being demonized by the media. Be sure if the public does not demand justice then there will be no justice for him or his love ones. He was first shot by bean bag guns and then fatally shot 25 times. Now the police are trying to justify this hate crime by circulating rumors that he had a knife or stabbed someone. These are the same lines that the police always give to cover up their crimes. Everyone supposedly has a right to a judge and jury trial. This young man was begging for his life! Join others to demand justice Saturday December 5, 4:00 pm at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in San Francisco, California.