THE TRUTH OF NATIVE AMERICANS BEFORE THE GENOCIDE
Gotta put this on blast.
We never needed a white savior.
I hate this country.
What I learned from this video:
- 100 million Native Americans died at the hands of white colonists
- Instead of planting crops the colonists spent their days digging random holes in the ground looking for gold. They started starving and dug up Indian corpses to eat. They took Indian prisoners and forced them to teach the colonists how to farm
- Native Americans had massive cities with tens of thousands of well constructed houses, intricate water canals and large merchant areas.
- The Native Americans used soaps, deodorants and breath sweeteners while colonists never bathed or even took of their clothes
- There was a delousing policy with the mantra Nits create Lice; nits being Native American babies, so their goal was to kill every Indian, including babies
- In the 1700’s 80% of the Federal Budget went towards eradicating the Native American population so they could take their developed farmland
- Colonists leaders went town after town killing men women and children under the approval of George Washington
- "Pursue Indians to extermination" -Thomas Jefferson
- California governor (1849-1851): “extermination must continue to be waged until the Indian becomes extinct”
The main factor which prevented Native American extinction was the fact they were used for slave labor. The most prized Native Americans were young girls who were said to be valued for labor and lust (that one white dude in your ethnic studies class that says he’s 1/36th Cherokee?)
In modern times children were forced into Indian Boarding Schools whose goal was to “Kill the Indian in them”. It was federal policy. They were beaten if they used their native tongue, they were forced to dress and style their hair like whites
This country was literally built on terrorism and mass murder. White people are savage terrorists.
Until, this is taught in schools everywhere- “history class” is merely a racism propaganda course.
The video stopped playing sound about 10 minutes in, so I don’t know what they discuss for the last few minutes. BUT the rest of this is fascinating and important for every American to watch.
As a history and political science major, this is incredibly important both to realize how backward the extermination system was and how the Europeans believed they had the right to do as they pleased because they had authorization from kings and the Pope. However, they did not even give a thought to how advanced the civilizations they were destroying really were and how they could learn from them. The conquering aspect of European society hurt the settlers more than it helped.
The Supreme Court apparently still holds that Native Americans are savages. That means that according to the Supreme Court of the United States, the rights of Native Americans are not protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. Why? Due to precedent. I’m taking that opinion with a grain of salt because I’m not sure how old this video is and if other decisions have been made to overrule it, but that needs to change. The Supreme Court has extended rights to African Americans, women, the LGBT community among many other groups. It is not acceptable for them to withhold the rights of a substantial group of people for any reason whatsoever.
I don’t know if I agree with the previous comments about terrorism and history being the equivalent of “racism propaganda” The way history is taught and learned is more complicated and the way that historians do research and come to conclusions is much more complicated than most people understand. I agree that what was done was awful, racist and counter-productive. But people also need take a step back and realize how those initial thoughts were produced: what was the history behind it and why did people think that way in the first place. History is a chain of ideas and it stretches back quite far and there is a great deal of overlap between different societies.
Maybe the way that history is taught to modern students comes off as being about terror and racism and yeah, a great deal of it does. But people need to ask “why” to really understand it and put themselves in the position of the people causing the distress and propagating hate.
Yes, the system was backward. It was awful and still has repercussions for the descendants of Native Americans. There is no doubting that. But dig deeper and ask yourself “why.” How far you can go back may surprise you.