Ernest Chief Childers
Lieutenant Colonel US Army/Retired
Medal of Honor, World War II

 

The last time Americans were confronted by war on our own soil was the War of 1812.  Now, with the actions of some faceless cowards we are again seeing the specter of war in our homeland.  I know that many people, including myself, are absolutely infuriated about being attacked.  We as a nation are angry.  However, I am also witnessing disturbing situations involving certain people who call themselves Americans.

 

Even though as a Native American I have darker skin than some Americans, that doesn't mean that I'm any less patriotic than any other American.  Even during those times in our history when Native Americans were persecuted and discriminated against, we still volunteered for military service.  Remember, Native Americans didn't even receive the vote until after WWI, yet we served in military actions because, when all is said and done,  we are loyal, patriotic Americans.  I am appalled that people who call themselves "Americans" are attacking and killing other Americans simply because of their hair and skin color.  We all need to realize that we must join together, not become divisive.  Being an American means that you are of many diverse heritages.  We are a nation of ethnicities: Anglo-American, Native American, Afro-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American.

 

If you are angry, then channel that anger by volunteering or contributing, not by overreacting.  If you hurt another American, then you are no better than those terrorists.  You condemn yourself to be less than human, just like those terrorists.  We Americans have had our differences, and we probably will continue to have our  differences, just like any Family.  But, when you attack one person of Our American Family, then you attack us all, because WE ARE ALL AMERICANS.

Chief Childers

 

 

A very special thanks to Theresa Kratz of KratzKreations for the moving and patriotic graphic image tributes throughout these pages.

 

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