Embracing the beauty that is the creole woman, Crystal is showing her pride – I join you in your celebration!
I find a lot of this heart-rending. Dating for Native Americans/First Nations (Canada) can lead to much thought for future generations – it’s more than just falling in love. It’s thought to bring more indigenous ‘blood’ back to your bloodline. Back in the day, many tribes relied on neighboring tribes for spouses (if you could call them that), and geographically near peoples would be your dating and marriage pool. Is the world more open today because we have the internet in which to find potential spouses?
I think a lot of people find long-distance relationships by going to Pow Wows and meeting people there. What if you’re like me, and work most weekends and can’t go to Pow Wows? I’m a Native woman who’s technically “too old” to have kiddos, but I’d love to find a Native man…however the dating sites are few and far between. I think many Native people are shy and don’t want their business and photos on the internet, and they don’t want to be contacted by peoples of other races that are fascinated with them – it leads to stalkers. Native American women are stalked more than any other race in America: it’s a dangerous world out there.
If I knew how to screen members by ID, I’d create my own Native dating website for people like me…*sigh*
(photos from ScienceAGogo)
An Atlantic Creole can be defined many ways – of “mixed” race, mixed ethnicity, mixed blood…
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The growing discontent and dissatisfaction over the “State of the Union” is inspiring many states to consider removing themselves from the United States as we know it, and/or they’re considering breaking themselves off into new states…and even combining with other states or even Canada! Granted, that would literally take an act of Congress to approve it (or probably disapprove it), but it hasn’t stopped several movements toward making America a better, and more cohesive, politically balanced, properly represented, improved place to live.
Or will it?!
So many things to consider – from infrastructure (roads, transportation, airports), to political redistricting, representation…what about the electoral college? Should this be overhauled or eliminated? The answer isn’t simple.
- “On Google, it’s not just Texas that wants to secede” – for further reading on Google’s findings about what their users search for.
- “Texas Secession Movement Catching On In 15 Other States“
- Yahoo – “Plan to split California into six states gains ground“
- Mother Jones article: “These Places Really, Really Want to Secede From Their States“.
- NPR article: “Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement“
- Pat Buchanan gives some history: “IS RED STATE AMERICA SECEDING?”
Let’s take the case of Texas for example: “Don’t mess with Texas”. It’s a phrase that Texans are proud of, and they’re very pro-America, generally speaking. Often, when you think of ‘Murica, you think of Texas. I’ve heard the notion that Texas has wanted to secede for over a decade, but it hasn’t happened. To its credit, Texas has massive amounts of land (even unused), many natural resources (think mining), a massive cattle/farming industry (think cattle), NASA, and countless other means to make its own wealth if it were to successfully gain independence of some kind. That said, would Texas opt out of the union in general, or just divide itself up? Texas has an incredibly strong case for making itself independent – but can American survive without Texas? Would Texas keep to itself and not share with the ‘rest of us’? Do they “owe” America anything?
The same questions go to other states wanting some independence, or at least, a radical change. Let’s take a look at who’s wanting what…is there a real race to become the 51st state?
Alaska – an movement called “The Alaskan Independence Party” has declared that Alaska’s inclusion into the United States was, and still is, based on fraud. I’m not sure how active they are now, but it seems there’s still a possible dispute over Constitutional rights, as well as disputes over their Canadian border.
Arizona – would like to make “Baja Arizona” independent.
California – this state actually has at least 2 possible re-renderings of splitting – secession AND annexation!
Part 1 – Splitting the state into 6 states: ” Plan To Split California Into 6 States Would Create 6 Dystopias“.
This graphic from Curbed shows the proposal of the state called “Jefferson”, but add to that “North California”, “Silicon Valley”, “Central California”, “West California”, and “South California”:
Part 2 – There’s a Northern group of residents that would like to join with a portion of Oregon to produce a new state called “Jefferson”: State Of Jefferson: Californians May Get Vote On Secession Movement In June (2014)
Hawai’i – This secession is more referred to as “Hawaiian Independence“. They consider the United States as “Military Occupier” of the nation of the Kingdom of Hawaii. They would like their former Native Hawaiian monarchy restored, and the rest can be worked out according to their proposals.
Maryland – “Some Western Md. Residents Want To Form Their Own State” – current Governor O’Malley is against it, but it seems there’s growing support for the Western side to secede. The movement has considered the new state names Liberty, Antietam and Augusta.
Michigan (Upper Peninsula) – some may not know there is such a thing as “The Upper Peninsula” of Michigan, and herein lies the problem. To many Americans, they see a US map and cannot name which state this peninsula belongs to, much less, reckon how it’s part of the U.S. and not Canada! The resident “Yoopers” as they affectionately call themselves, are definitely a different breed than their “mitten” counterparts, whom they call “trolls” (who live South of the Mackinaw bridge). I can verify this – I lived in the Upper Peninsula. They are ⅓ the mass of the state, yet only a fraction of the population (gorgeous, yet sparsely-populated woodlands!). “51st state? Yoopers are talking up secession from Michigan again“. I’m not sure they have the infrastructure to support it, but I understand where they’re coming from.
Then there’s the idea that Vermonters wanted to secede and somehow join Canada. I haven’t seen any recent articles that declare this movement still active, but it certainly exemplifies their independent spirit.
“If All Those State Secession Movements Got Their Way, America Would Look Like This Map: The 61 States of America” – this is a great article in the “New Republic” newspaper that gives some great graphics to explain how the new electoral college would work.
Add to all of this – think about all the Native American tribes who are regaining their former homelands, and the tribes who will become sovereign nations. How does that factor into the literal landscape of America as we know it? As a matter of fact…this is a whole other talk show, but…consider the fact that the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs needs to massively overhaul their Federal Recognition process that declares native tribes to be sovereign nations. The more independent sovereign nations there are, the less “control” the federal government has over the land and people, which is exactly what they don’t want. Which leads one to believe, “no wonder the recognition process is broken!”. See “Federal Recognition Process: A Culture of Neglect“. The recognition process is buried under logistical mazes, incomprehensible bureaucracy, and outright fraud. It’s basically a “pay-to-play” racket funded by our own American government. There is certainly a movement to overhaul the broken recognition process, and it seems that Congress is listening…but are they acting? Does Congress have too much control, and therein lies the problem?
Do any of the above states really have a legitimate case? I’m no political scholar, so I can’t even give an opinion here. But I do support any movement that is trying to correct imbalances and injustices by overbearing government entities. I do think it’s time for a change, and I can’t wait to see how things turn over, and turn out!
Zazzle Removes Offensive Valentine’s Day Products – ICTMN.com – article by Vince Shilling
Now, I try not to get offended by anything – I really don’t. But racially insensitive stereotypes are troublesome. It’s 2014, and at least in America, we can do better. Scalping has a gruesome history, and so does St. Valentine’s Day (The Dark Origins Of Valentine’s Day) – so where is the line drawn?
I’m a Zazzle fan, and will remain so, and not because I have a store there. I support their business model, and I am so thankful they provide a platform and means to make gifts that I can’t manufacture otherwise. It’s genius. And I’m glad that racially insensitive items were removed from their marketplace once the material was brought to their attention. With millions of products, I’m sure it’s difficult to keep track of them all, but at the end of the day, I believe there was a “right thing to do”, and removing the old stereotyped images of yesteryear was a great idea.