Air Date: 10–13-2020
Today we take a look at the myths of Columbus and American Exceptionalism™ that we cling to and turn our gaze to some of the less-understood but more accurate and important aspects of our collective history
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This is a heavy episode of our show. Discussions include Blood quantum and its use in Tribal Enrollment, American·s false love affair with President Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Columbus.
For centuries, the destruction and disease he ushered into the Americas have been set aside, allowing the myth of a pioneering sailor who discovered America and proved the world was round to embed itself in US culture.
On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on a small island in the Caribbean... these are his words.
A civilization’s shared myths account for why things are the way they are. They can bolster loyalty to a religion or a nation, and they can excuse class and race privilege.
Jon Schwarz on social silence and hidden history.
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Tracing the origin and misappropriation of the idea of America as a "City upon a hill."
Exploring the origins and falsity of the idea of "American Exceptionalism™"
The irony of telling dissatisfied progressives of color to "Go back where they came from" is that America is only so full of white people because they left their old countries rather than staying and trying to improve them.
Happy almost-Thanksgiving. What could be better than football and turkey? Well, there·s genocide and stuff, but we don·t want to ruin your holidays. We·ll leave that to the disingenuous folks who would like to pretend that there is nothing wrong.
Ch. 11: In response to Craig from OH about the progressive myth - Dave from Olympia, WA
Ch. 12: Conservative blindspot on climate - Craig from Ohio
Ch. 13: Is 'kids in cages' really a conservative blindspot? - Larry from Minnesota
Ch. 14: Final comments on the blindspots from the right and left including the family separation policy, foreign policy and the climate emergency
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Native Vote Infographic (National Congress of American Indians)
The 5 Million Americans that the 2020 Candidates Refuse to Talk About (Vox - First Person)
How the Native American Vote Continues to be Suppressed (American Bar Association)
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MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):
- Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr
- Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
- Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent
"Christopher Columbus Statue Torn Down at Minnesota State Capitol" by Tony Webster, Flickr | License | Modifications: Cropped
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