How American History Erases Mass Killings Against Native Americans
Date Written:  2017-03-11
Publisher:  The Indigenous American
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20486

In the wake of recent American mass killings, the author reminds us of mass murders of indigenous people in American history.



Contained in the journals of Columbus' and his men are atrocities far beyond the comprehension of humans. These so-called civilized people chopped up the bodies of Natives people and fed them to their hunting dogs, Kidnapped and sold pre-teen girls in the sex trade, enslavement and seeing if one could slice through a Native with one stroke.

In the Island nations that Columbus conquered it is estimated that 3-5 million Indigenous people had disappeared due to illness and the brutality of their tactics.

Later, the campaign against Native people proceeded and spread throughout the western hemisphere. The resulting slaughter led by the so-called civilized Europeans was in the number of 100 million. In North America alone, it is estimated the 20-50 million people were lost in the brutal campaigns of Europeans in the Americas.

The erasure of Native American genocide from the Classrooms and popular culture serves to erase the distasteful memory for the collective mind space. If you can make people forget, it's as if you're absolved of the crime. Post any mass shooting in the United States it is common to read headlines such as "Worst Shooting in US History". The worst mass shooting takes place against a forgotten people and using that language serves to perpetuate American forgetfulness of its history.

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