Saturday, November 28, 2009

Two Worlds

Around the time I was in high school my mother kept a newspaper clipping from the New York Times in the glove compartment of her Subaru station wagon.

“I saved this for you. It was in the paper while you were in Saipan,” she told me.

“Tell your mother that there are no slaves on Saipan,” my father on Saipan would write. “Slaves don’t get salaries.”

“Your father has a very short memory,” Mom would respond. “It wasn’t too long ago that he was a poor man in a foreign land trying to make a better life. He’s forgotten what it feels like to be at the bottom of the totem pole.”

Depending on who you ask, today marked the end of a failed system rife with human rights abuses or the beginning of a new chapter in American imperialism.

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A quick reminder why this happened: Governor Fitial chose federalization over sovereignty.

2 comments:

Saipan Writer said...

Or both? It could be both. An end to human rights abuses by fiat.

But...

Is it American imperialism if the people of the CNMI voted for it? Because that is what the Covenant is-a relationship negotiated and determined by plebiscite/vote.

Would people be willing to change their minds, trading in their U.S. citizenship and the benefits of U.S. aid, to regain CNMI sovereignty?

We'll still have local politics...

KAP said...

To me, the Trust Territory was imperialism. Once you agree to crawl into the belly of the beast it's something else.

Not that it matters. People with those opposing views talk at, not to, each other.