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    University of South Florida Acknowledges Campus Once Belonged to Native Americans

    University of South Florida Acknowledges Campus Once Belonged to Native Americans

    “Acknowledging this is important to being able to start a dialogue.”

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    Such brave virtue signaling. The school’s diversity and inclusion committee was behind this effort.

    NBC Miami reports:

    University of South Florida Says Its Campus Belonged to Native Americans

    The University of South Florida acknowledged this week that its campus in Tampa is located on land once occupied by the Seminole people and other Native Americans, an admission meant to give context to the Thanksgiving holiday most Americans are celebrating Thursday.

    In a statement released earlier this week, the university’s department of anthropology said it recognized “the historical and continuing impacts of colonization on Indigenous communities.”

    The Tampa Bay Times said the acknowledgement was drafted by a diversity and inclusion committee, which consulted with members of the Seminole tribe.

    Native Americans were the first people to inhabit the Tampa Bay area. European forces brought disease, slavery and destruction to Indigenous cultures. During the Seminole wars of the 1800s, President Andrew Jackson called for the removal of the Seminole people from the area.

    The acknowledgement “is something that’s been a long time coming,” said Sarah Taylor, a faculty member who chairs the diversity and inclusion committee. “Acknowledging the land you’re on and land you’re using is a traditional behavior of many Native American groups. It’s a sign of respect. Acknowledging this is important to being able to start a dialogue.”

    Over the last decade, other universities, including Northwestern, the University of Illinois and the University of Connecticut have issued land acknowledgment statements.

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    Yes Your Honor, I acknowledge that I watch TV on a television set that was once owned by the plaintiff and I recognize the historical and continuing impacts of theft on all victims.

    Can I go now?


     
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    The Friendly Grizzly | November 29, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Yes. The campus property was once held by “indigenous” or “native American” people. Someone came in and took it from them. A battle was fought and they lost.

    Now, it is a university campus, and is, or at least pretends to be, a center for learning. What would those indigenous people have done with it? Turned it all into a casino?


       
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      JusticeDelivered in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | December 1, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Isn’t gambling and use of alcohol similar? I have never had any interest in either, and I am surely better off as a result.

      I often teased my wife, who bitterly complained about my talking to others, she said I talked to them more than I talked to her. My response was that I did not watch sports, gamble or carouse, but if she preferred, I would trade talking for carousing.


     
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    Roguewave1 | November 29, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Everything in the continental United States was once “owned” by Native Americans, you idiots!


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