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Re: Just a single Question for the Candidates

On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 11:23:59AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Mike Beattie <mjb@debian.org> writes:
> > "We're a previously persecuted minority, dammit, treat us special, we
> > deserve the land you have worked hard for. even though we sit on our asses."
> New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States all have some
> similarity vis-a-vis native populations.  But what you quote above
> sounds a little like you think "We stole this land fair and square".
> I mean, if the native peoples did in fact own the land, then it's
> theirs, and they are allowed to do nothing with it if they choose, and
> there is something wrong with someone coming in, stealing it, working
> on it, and then claiming it's now theirs.  
> None of this means that *today's* Europeans have any blame, but our
> ancestors surely did.  The land I am on was not merely "worked for",
> but also "stolen".>

well said!


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