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It’s horrifyingly interesting to see how methods to subjugate the colonized are pretty similar.
-wear garb that’s not traditional to that region
-forbid their language
-tell them that their traditions are evil
-isolate the children from parents, often through education, sometimes through forced “adoption”
-kill native fauna and flora
-try to “breed out” the native population
Adoption as a tool of genocide is and has been employed regularly and for centuries, not sometimes — white European colonizers stole entire generations of children from nearly every major indigenous group on the planet. And it continues to this day at a rate that is historically unprecedented.
Also, the school programs that indigenous “orphans” were put in were officially designated as schools, sure, but they could hardly be deemed educational. By any real standards they were child prisons often rife with torture and sexual abuse.
For several decades, private agencies, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Puerto Rican government, with the support of federal funds, waged a crusade to sterilize Puerto Rican women. Women on the island were encouraged to agree to “la operación” by armies of public health workers who offered it at minimal or no cost.
The island-wide sterilization campaign was so successful that by 1968 more than one-third of the women of childbearing age in Puerto Rico had been sterilized, the highest percentage in the world at that time.
A similar effort on Indian reservations during the 1970s left more than 25 percent of Native American women infertile. In four Indian Health Service hospitals alone, doctors performed more than 3,000 sterilizations without adequate consent between 1973 and 1976. For small Indian tribes, this policy was literally genocidal. One physician reported that “[a]ll the pureblood women of the Kaw tribe of Oklahoma have now been sterilized. At the end of the generation the tribe will cease to exist.”"
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