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One Heart and a Wrong Spirit

One Heart and a Wrong Spirit

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"Although the original Quaker settlers held good intentions [in the United States], they were part of a larger system of colonial racism that legitimized the appropriation of indigenous peoples and lands. Not only in the Americas, but also in colonized lands across the globe, a wrong spirit wrought devastation on all indigenous peoples through a system of colonial racism." -- the author, from the introduction in this lecture. Polly Walker draws on her Cherokee forebears and on interviews she conducted with indigenous Australians to illustrate the damage and distress to indigenous peoples caused by colonial racism and It's continuing legacy in the United States and in Australia. She shares what she has learned about effective ways of addressing racism - and ends with a call for balanced action.


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