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  •  Why did this happen? (11+ / 0-)

    The more you try to decipher the history of the genocide that took place in many places and at many times on this continent, the greater the question becomes.

    What were these people thinking?  Apparently they believed in a racist permission to kill because cultural differences could not be tolerated even a little bit.  The land and resources that Indian People owned or controlled had to be taken because they were not being exploited aggressively enough.

    Now that we are in the 21st century, these events should impress on us that we inherit a world that may not be sustainable based on past ways of doing things.

    Wounded Knee and other events like it should be very seriously contemplated as important contrasts with a future for the human race that is more just and more multicultural.

    US foreign policy is still based on thinking that has all too much in common with that of the leaders who promulgated historical events of a century or so ago.

    Change is needed at a very profound level.  

    •  At some level I do not think they believed (5+ / 0-)

      the first Americans were human. How else can this be explained?

      "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

      by annan on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 07:58:34 PM PST

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      •  Yes... agreed, but wasn't it really about the (1+ / 0-)
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        Christian religion?  Wasn't it just another case of religious persecution?  The white men and their god attempted to destroy the so called savages because they had a different belief system.

        Isn't it always about religion? Weren't these first Americans killed because they had different beliefs?  I'd say yes, and it makes me very sad.

        •  Yes and no. (0+ / 0-)

          The Cherokee who were removed from Georgia before and after the Trail of Tears had completely adopted the European way of life: schools, churches, newspapers, ladies sewing guilds, libaries and red brick houses.

          But there was gold on their land in Georgia.

          An early group saw what was coming and voluntarily moved to Talequah, OK to re-establish their community. A charming little town with all the amenities including one of the first teacher's colleges for women.

          Others simply couldn't believe that they really would be targets. They were the ones who eventually were forced to leave the east coast and followed the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma.

          I certainly didn't learn that in my history classes growing up. It was implied that the "indians" who were removed to Indian Territory were all still ignorant savages living in tipis. They weren't.

          "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

          by annan on Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 06:33:30 AM PST

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      •  dehumanizing one who has what you want (2+ / 0-)
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        makes it so much easier to take.

        Such has always been the case.. or

        Do you really believe Athenian Youth were sacrificed to the minotaur? or was it more likely that the warlords of ancient Greece wanted something from the Island of Crete?

        fact does not require fiction for balance

        by mollyd on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 09:58:01 PM PST

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