There is blood in the water.

Recently I have given a great deal of thought to the way the native Americans were slaughtered and pushed west and people brought from africa against thier will(I say people instead of slaves because they weren't slaves until we called them that and imprisoned them). For some reason I have considerable guilt about the whole thing. Even though I do have native American blood (from both sides) and many of my ancestors were poor as any freed slave I know that I have had more opportunities to succeed and be treated well than "non-white" people.

While this is an increadible country and the most diverse in the world it is difficult for me shake that we became so successful through exploiting people that had no defense(not to mention we did this as Christians).

Just something to think about...

5 comments:

Andrew Snyder said...

You'd dig my American Literature class for sure. Everything revolves around these subjects as well as women's rights, etc. I'm taking a class next quarter called Slavery and Abolition. Should be dope.

sos said...

who did this as christians?

deshazo said...

in gods eyes they may not have been Christians for all I know but the first of the early settlers in north America were Protestant and began thier colonies by shooting Indians and moving them off thier land.. I can't cite any sources but it is estimated the Indian population was in the nieghborhood of 10 million and dropped to around 200000 pretty quickly. Its wild when you think about it.

sos said...

it's definitely wild. history books, for pretty obvious reasons, always fail to convey the true atrocities that happened and the ruthless manner in which the modern version of this country was started. i was just being jumpy on the christian part due to my latest hot topic. i've been reading all about religion and the founding fathers and ranting to anyone that has ears. i started working with some christian people who are all completely racist but completely oblivious to it and it's really sad to see the level at which they hold themselves in comparison to "everyone else." in our lunch time chit-chats i've been subtly bringing up how they stand for the exact things this country was started to get away from and that 21st century america has become 18th century england. we've come full circle, even down to killing off people who are in our way for the sake of our progression. being religious is fine (i guess?) but being anti every religion that isn't yours is not. see? i'm ranting.

sos said...

it just bugs me that our country has gone in the direction of making sure everyone knows we're christian instead of making sure everyone knows they're truly free to be whoever they want to be; the true ideals of this country's founding fathers (who mostly hated religion).

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