Mark Charles, a tribal citizen of the Navajo Nation, is running for president in 2020 as an independent candidate. Charles talks about the principles that guide his platform and calls for policies that will meaningfully challenge the racist, sexist, dehumanizing foundations upon which the U.S. was built. “As a country, the United States of America does not have a common memory,” Charles says. “We have a white majority that remembers a mythological history of discovery, expansion, opportunity and exceptionalism. We have communities of color and women and other marginalized communities that have the lived experience of stolen land, broken treaties, slavery, Jim Crow laws, boarding schools, massacres, internment camps, mass incarceration, families separated at our borders — and there’s no common memory.” Charles was one of 11 candidates to speak at this week’s historic Native American presidential forum in Sioux City, Iowa.
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