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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Native America Calling: Free Speech and Censorship


Thursday, January 20, 2011– Free Speech & Censorship
Listen at:
http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/
Harlan McKosato, Sac and Fox and host of Native America Calling, questions whether there is a double standard for free speech in this country: One for whites and another for people of color.
McKosato points out that when Dakota scholar Waziyatawin gave a speech on Dakota land rights, she was probed by the FBI. Yet, Sarah Palin and others can say whatever they want.
McKosato said inflammatory rhetoric on the radio and in politics is in the spotlight, with public officials calling on everyone to “tone it down” to avoid confrontations.
"While Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin can say anything they want, it seems that an Indian scholar doesn’t enjoy the same rights to free speech. Professor, historian and activist Waziyatawin (Dakota), also known as Dr. Angela Wilson, received calls from the FBI after she gave a speech in which she told students: 'It’s time for American Indians to abandon symbolic demonstrations. We're going to need to take a different kind of action … we're going to need to recover our land base, by any means necessary.'"
What is free speech in America? Guests include Waziyatawin and talk radio host Jay Winter Nightwolf(Cherokee/Taino/Shoshone.)

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