Leila K. Blackbird, MA² ABD Profile picture
2Spirit unenrolled/adoptee (N'dee/ᏣᎳᎩ). Fellow @UChiHumanRights, PhD Candidate @UChicago. US & Atlantic Hist: colonialism, slavery, state violence, environment.
Nov 26, 2020 14 tweets 6 min read
The Mayflower landed in 1620, carrying a group of religious zealots. And when these "Pilgrims" arrived at the place they called #Plymouth, they found there an abandoned Patuxet village where they could live. THREAD 1/x The next part of the story, as it's told in the classroom, goes something like this: The #Pilgrims w/ their belt-buckle hats & Bibles landed in a vast untamed wilderness to make a New World for God. God in all His infinite glory provided them a village & a kind man, “Squanto” 2/x
Sep 15, 2020 13 tweets 8 min read
Last night, news broke after a whistleblower exposed that #ICE is forcibly sterilizing women in its camps, many of whom are Indigenous Central & South Americans. This is horrific, but it’s hardly surprising. Let’s examine why. THREAD 1/x The US has a long history of forcibly sterilizing #BIWOC & indigent & mentally ill women, in addition to its long history of committing acts of #genocide against #BIPOC through the theft, forced displacement, & sale of children. See Laura Briggs, Taking Children. 2/x