I find that question so amazing. It’s not even a question really, more like a proclamation.
When I wrote in the Guardian about the campaign to rescind the medals of honor, or on other pages, around the facebook world, I see the same proclamation. “What Good Is It Now?”
Even our own people say it. “What Good Is It Now?”
I can see their reasoning, why care…it’s in the past….everyone is dead and gone…..etc.
I can see it through ignorant eyes. I can kick my IQ and inner scope of humanity down a notch, get all uncaring and act as if you threw a ballot in front of me, I would have filled in the circle that said Romney, even though I mean nothing to him.
But I am not stupid. This campaign is very alive and on the forefront to me. I don’t want to put a foot in the grave until I see it happen. Until those medals are taken from the ghosts of soldiers who were probably chased all their human lives by the spirits of the babies and children they chased to death.
As far as I know, I have no direct relatives that were killed at Wounded Knee in 1890, yet they were my relatives. They are my ancestors. I listen to my childrens great-grandmother on their dad’s side describe her grandma Alice who ran from the soldiers at about age 13 or 14. Seeing her little brothers die in front of her eyes as she ran for miles in the snow with a bullet in her leg. And when their great grandma talks of her grandma and cries, my heart feels.
And I know for anyone to say “What Good Is It Now?” is someone with no feeling.
Do you question the parent whose child was murdered why they are on the constant quest to find and bring the killer to justice? Do you wonder why cold cases are still opened by a cop with the passion to file them closed? Do you question the parent always looking for the child who was abducted?
Do you question anything in history that is being sought to make some kind of right about it?
How do I get through to people? How do I tell them?
These were our ancestors, murdered by the United States, and those soldiers given the Nation’s utmost and highest honors for murdering the women and children.
So what good is it now, anyways?
It would be good to know, this country can respect us enough and let us move forward in healing and letting our ancestors rest in peace by stripping the medals from the mass murderers that they honor to this day. It would be nice to know this country was moving forward with reparations. We are not asking for monetary payments, just make it right. Keep your dirty money.
I am not going to ask you to sign the petition, I am not going to ask you to share it. Most people are probably tired of my quest, but I do ask you to comprehend why this is important to some of us. If it was your families killed, your people slaughtered and thrown in a rut in the frozen ground, you would be disgusted if the killers were honored.
You would do what you had to, to make it right. Right?