Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Americans": The True Immigrants

The Thanksgiving Story

The Pilgrims sailed all the way to Plymouth Rock and came across Native Americans. The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn and other crops. Being inspired by the new harvest, both groups united together celebrating with a big feast to give thanks ... & history is born.

-THE END-




As children we are taught a false perception of history-- a clean, heroic, American way of history.
America the great, America the beautiful, but there lies a disturbing truth behind these stories that many people turn a blind eye to. Children are in a way brainwashed to believe history in the way that it has been molded to benefit the country. We live in a bubble where we do no wrong and figure that our interventions, past, present and future are always to better others and to help those in need. But what about the manipulation, the lies, the distortion of what we are taught throughout our whole lives? And for those who know the truth about the world, where does that leave us in raising children to, in a way, be against the educational system and what is taught? How can we tell them that what their teacher is saying is a semi-truth?

National Geographic Kids state,
"On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving ... They played ball games, sang, and danced."

But when do we ever learn about the Pequot War?

An alliance of English colonies attacked the Pequot tribe made up of 700 unarmed men, women, and children. Those who survived were shipped off and sold into slavery.

It was a massacre.

In the book, 'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,' written by Sherman Alexie, a Native American himself growing up in the Spokane Indian Reservation he states,
"I always think it's funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, sure, the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during that first Thanksgiving, but a few years later, the Pilgrims were shooting Indians ..."
"'Hey, Dad,' I said. 'What do Indians have to be so thankful for?'
'We should give thanks that they didn't kill all of us.'"
Our view of History is essentially formed by the perception of the hand that wrote it.

And as time progressed and Americans grasped the idea of 'Manifest Destiny,' Native Americans have been pushed and confined into these small and extremely poor Reservations. They have been tucked away and paid off to keep their brutal past hidden from the new 'civilizations' growing around them.


Native Americans in Today's Culture

Football-
  • Washington Redskins

Baseball-
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Cleveland Indians

Basketball-
  • Buffalo Braves
  • Golden State Warriors

Hockey-
  • Chicago Blackhawks

Isn't this a form of Racism?
Aren't 'we' mocking a 'type' of person-- a stereotype?
Wouldn't this be a false representation of what 'we' perceive a Native American looks like?

Usually in sports a mascot is represented by an animal, then what does that make the representation of a Native American?

A kid in one of my classes says that it's okay for Americans to use these terms, even when the Washington Redskins received negative backlash for their name. He said,
"You just pay them off to shut them up."
Have we grown so ignorant and naive to believe that this is okay? America has grown to have this superior mindset, this 'we think we're so much better' mindset, this 'we live in America speak English' mindset, while the whole world sits back and laughs as we continue our lives living on lies upon lies upon lies.

Money.

You just give them what they need in order to conquer the land. Suffocate them in things until they say "YES." Use them then lose them. Come on guys this has happened time and time again.

So to sum up all this craziness .. America has deprived the Natives of their land and pushed them so far away. Their History isn't accurately taught, and their perception in today's culture isn't accurately portrayed. But there is a bigger picture here. One that cannot be written but processed in the mind.

I wouldn't be surprised if someone offered to pay me off to keep my mouth shut and delete this post.

{First Comic by Mike Luckovich}
{Second Comic by David Horsey 'The Truth of Thanksgiving'}

5 comments:

  1. The US was founded on great ideas, but it's never lived up to them. Even today, we're feared and hated by half the world's population. I think it's hard for the average citizen to accept how ruthless and brutal we've been.

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  2. As a mother of three kids, I remember them learning the "sweet" Thanksgiving story and that was the end of that. I'm glad, though, when they hit junior high and then high school they learned more about what truly went on after that. The past isn't so hidden any more. I still can't believe the atrocities of that time and the squalor so many Native Americans continue to live in today as a result. BTW, I absolutely loved The Absolutely True Diary. Such a great book.

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  3. Great post. You're absolutely right about how history is sugar-coated to suit societal whims and more often than not, misrepresents or completely omits the truth. It's truly ironic that mainstream America has such a problem with immigrants, knowing full well that this country was usurped from its native American inhabitants.

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  4. I'm glad I'm a history major because I'm exposed to more of the historical truths than I was growing up. It's anazing the details that are often left out. I had a professor who once said "history is written by the victors." I would agree.

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  5. Oh, it's an old, old tale, about a wolf and a poor lamb drinking downstream. We don't need Albert Camus, Winston Churchill or Julius Barnes to tell us that. The might has always been right!

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