Rantz: Democrat Speaker pushes for harmful land acknowledgments at state house

Jan 10, 2023, 6:29 PM | Updated: 6:37 pm
democrat speaker...
Democrat House Speaker Laurie Jinkins at the House of Representatives 2023 Opening Ceremonies (KIRO Newsradio)
(KIRO Newsradio)

Democrat House Speaker Laurie Jinkins opened up the legislative session with a speech that included a land acknowledgment. She said she wants to make the pandering more official. Sane-minded lawmakers should reject the dangerous virtue signal.

“Thank you… for welcoming us all to the ancestral homeland of the sovereign tribes, starting what I hope to be a new tradition here,” Jinkins said. “We acknowledge tribal nations as the original stewards of this land and the history of dispossession that enabled the eventual construction of this very building we now gather in.”

Land acknowledgments are ways white progressives pander to Native Americans without improving their communities. It’s lazy virtue-signaling meant to signify faux guilt for something they took no part in and benefited from. But they’re also dangerous statements.

Land acknowledgments are meant to denigrate the US

After her land acknowledgment, Jinkins tokenized Native Americans in the room, asking them to stand “so we can recognize you.” They received applause as if they personally suffered from brutal white colonizers. It was remarkably condescending. And it’s why there’s a large population of Native Americans who reject land acknowledgments the way Latinos and Latinas reject “Latinx”; they know it’s a tool of white progressives to earn social currency.

But the subtext of these statements is that this country is something to be ashamed of. That it was founded by evil people who stole the land. But the land wasn’t “stolen” as defined by the context of the time. Native Americans waged war against different tribes well before European settlers.

When indigenous peoples attacked others for land, is that shameful theft, too? Or is that dismissed as how people operated at the time? Certainly, by contemporary standards, we’d label the Crow Creek massacre disturbing and criminal. But at the time, it wasn’t. There was no set of laws created by a society that established a government.

Land acknowledgments are political statements purposefully deriding this country’s founding in order to demonize it. That makes it easier to push equally disparaging points — like the country being founded on white supremacy — that ignorant, racist people espouse in order to pursue pieces of partisan legislation and hold on to power. It also teaches people not to be proud of this country or feel it’s worth fighting for.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show on weekday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast. Follow @JasonRantz on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Check back frequently for more news and analysis.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

KTTH Opinion

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Identity-obsessed Progressives can’t fathom crime without racism

We were shocked, disgusted, and maybe angry, but we saw them for what they were without defaulting the blame on racism.
1 day ago
politically active...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Democrats sue to kill WA’s one election security feature, which makes fraud easier

Left-wing organizations are suing election officials over the signature verification process. This would make election theft effortless.
2 days ago
Michael Medved

Medved: As religious affiliation declines, why do believers still control Congress?

In 2007, only 16% of the public failed to identify with a specific religious faith, but that number has now nearly doubled to 29%.
5 days ago
tiny home...
Bryan Suits

Suits: Tiny home near Seattle on-ramp subject of city-wide discourse

The land where the tiny home is located is owned by the Seattle Department of Transportation and Washington Department of Transportation.
5 days ago
Bryan Suits

Suits: US sending ‘the gold standard’ of tanks to Ukraine

The U.S. has committed approximately $27 billion for the Ukraine war effort since Russia invaded in February last year.
6 days ago
Jason Rantz

Rantz: WA DOH censored critics of ‘transmasculine people with a cervix’ ad

Desperately craving inclusion, the DOH is using Washingtonians to earn social currency, hoping to add to the department's progressive bona fides.
7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Rantz: Democrat Speaker pushes for harmful land acknowledgments at state house