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Liberty and Justice for All? I Don't Think So!

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 23 June 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

The Liberty Bell was owned by the City of Philadelphia in the early 20th century, but was loaned to the National Park Service for several years so that it could be carried around the country by train for expositions.

Please forgive the bad focus on the sign there, but this is Chief Little Bear of the Blackfoot Nation (parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, mostly) in 1915, as he visited the bell on exhibit, in San Francisco, and posed obviously at the request of a stereotype-addicted "documentor."

Now, I don't wish to offend anyone here, but, in my opinion, This country's government has never provided, protected, assured, or fully carried-out any sincere attempts, at all, to "make whole" in order to undo the cultural, physical, social, and mental damages that have been cast upon Native Americans since "Day 1!". I have always seen this fact as nothing less than a travesty. A disastrous and despicable travesty, carried out against those who truly and unarguably were here first and rightly bear the distinction of being the First Americans! Obviously, (to use modern vernacular) someone did NOT "get the memo!".....And they STILL have not gotten the memo!......'Just sayin'."

OLYMPUS E-510 1/10 second F/4.4 ISO 400 31 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

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