Why am I bringing up all this stuff? There is a real difference between a multi-national whaling concern and a tribal people living on the coast of Washington. Their situations, history and access to power are not the same. How many whales will the Makah kill? Their legal limit is five. How many whales would the big companies kill? Their legal limit is however many they can get away with. There is already a great deal of tension between the white environmentalists and the native populations. This Sea Shepherd activity will only make it worse. Paul should know this. If he is so concerned that the Makah hunt will open the door for further exploitation – certainly a danger – then he should watch for that event and go into action against those forces when they appear. To harass a small nation of Indians is completely missing the point. The problem is not just “humans’ but human societies with all of their complex layers.
Sooner or later we’re going to have to get real and admit our history and condition. There is a difference between the employee and the company. And there is a difference between the conqueror population and the indigenous. If we don’t address these issues we will just continue to perpetrate institutional inequality.
A few days ago Watson yelled at the natives, “Just because you were born stupid doesn’t give you any right to be stupid!” I think the echoes of that ridiculous and arrogant sentiment just came back to throw Lisa into the water and confiscate their inflatable. There is some justice after all. I say that the Makah have a right to their cultural practice. Their history demands it. And our history demands that we let them.
Paul Watson and the Makah
November 14, 2008 by Ben