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Why I Don't Vote; an Indigenous Perspective by Vincent Rinehart

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How do Native Americans feel about voting? Well, like all issues, opinions are varied, but Vincent Rinehart feels that no race has been so alienated by the U.S. government than have American Indians. He says the American political process and voting is an act of legitimizing the state, and he refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the state that exists for the sole purpose of controlling people and resources and funneling wealth to a ruling class. He also goes on to say that 'Our rights are not protected by the government, they are protected from the government or 2. The Civil Rights Movement failed.' And finally, he argues, 'Don’t we have better things to do? Start organizing, stay out of jail, and rebuild your clan/band/tribe.' The Civil Rights Movement was a failure, he opines, and it's time to just move on.

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Samuel Vargo worked as a full-time reporter and editor for more than 20 years at a number of daily newspapers and business journals. He was also an adjunct English professor at colleges and universities in Ohio, West Virginia, Mississippi (more...)
 

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