Who’s working to decolonize the island? Nobody

Tall Tales By Robery "Bob" Klietzkie

The so-called Commission on Decolonization is not striving to decolonize Guam.

The commission’s statutory name under 1 GCA Ch. 21 is “Commission on Decolonization for the Implementation and Exercise of Chamorro Self Determination.”

As you can see, decolonization isn’t for everyone—only a select racial identity—notwithstanding the fact that the majority of the people living on Guam do not belong in that group.

Our legislature used a more inclusive approach to decolonization. 1GCA Ch. 17 established “a Commission on Self Determination for the People of Guam empowered to represent them in manifesting the desires of the people of Guam as expressed in the plebiscite of Nov. 2, 1982, in which the status of commonwealth was the choice of the people to the Congress and to the government of the United States.”

The egalitarian approach of Ch. 17 has been abandoned by GovGuam in favor of what ought to be referred to as the Commission for Chamorro Independence and Gaslighting.

Here’s an example of the latter from Ch. 21: “The United States, as the succeeding colonial power over the lands and the people of Guam, acceded to and recognized in the 1898 Treaty of Paris that the political rights of the native inhabitants of Guam shall be protected and that their collective right to political self-determination is inalienable.”

Here’s Article IX of the Treaty of Paris of 1898: “The civil rights and political status of the native inhabitants of the territories hereby ceded to the United States shall be determined by the Congress.”

And of course, that is exactly what Congress did in 1950 when the native inhabitants became American citizens with civil rights set out in the Organic Act. So much for historical accuracy and inalienable rights.