Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:45–9:00 p.m.


University Center Room 201

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code

racial-justice-matters-logoAdelphi Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Film screening, discussion and dinner with Melissa Cornick, journalist and activist, and Sheldon Wolfchild, Native American activist.

Food will be served.

This event is part of the Racial Justice Matters initiative. Co-sponsored by Adelphi’s Criminal Justice Club, Criminal Justice Program, Anthropology Club, Department of Sociology and Collaboration Project. Logo designed by Kelly Serrao ’16.

Film Description

As of 2015, Chief Justice John Marshall’s distinction between ‘Christian people’ and ‘heathens’ in Johnson v. M’Intosh (1823) is still treated by the U.S. supreme Court as valid law for the United States. The Supreme Court has used the claimed right of Christian discovery and domination in the Johnson ruling as its underlying rationale for every ruling that it has handed down since 1823 regarding our original nations.

Cristobal Colon (Columbus) and other colonizers laid claim to the lands of original nations on the basis of the idea that Christians had a biblical right to discover and dominate non-Christian lands.  This doctrine of ancient Christendom, supported by papal edicts, continues to serve as the conceptual foundation of the political and legal system of the United States, and as the conceptual foundation of other dominating political systems elsewhere in the world in relation to original nations.

For further information, please contact:

Stephanie Lake
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