The Real Racists

November 13, 2019

 

In looking at all of the lies we have been told in our reading of the great philosophers and “literary giants” we have been fooled in a colossal way. The philosopher Kant was a racist as was Mark Twain, not to leave out Nathanial Hawthorn, and others we have been taught to worship on the great ship called white supremacy.  All of the rhetoric about how white settlers conquered a savage land is a shabby explanation of what really happened. One quote that make a good point of how twisted white supremacy is was presented this way: “Only to the white man was nature a wilderness and only to him was the land ‘infested with ‘wild animals and savage people. To us it was tame, Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with blessings of the Great Mystery.”—Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1863-1950).

         

One must understand the nature of settler colonialism which was used to murder Native Americans. When the English stole land from the Irish and others, settlers were forced to come to America but with the promise of land. Their hunger for land turned them into rampaging racist settlers, murdering Native American men, women, and children. They came to America hell bent on destroying Native American people and replacing them with black slaves. Scalps of native people were removed early on by these white settlers and sold across the country—this is where the phrase “Red Skin” comes from—the dripping blood from the skull of a removed scalp. History ignores the genocide that took place and even glorifies murderers like Christopher Columbus, a man that could justifiably be called a psychopath.White supremacy was attached at the hip to the American settler as they used God as a justification for murder (Manifest Destiny), and the enslavement of blacks. 

         

In the case of Texas, the methods of genocide and removal were not much different in terms of tactics. Texas Rangers, some of whom were simply crazed criminals, began to forcibly remove the Native American population in Texas. One such method was to wait for federal authorities to offer protection for Indigenous People, while vigilante mobs on horseback would often ambush them as they left a fort, and would involve the killing sympathetic soldiers and “Indian agents” by assassination. According to Anderson (2005), in The Conquest of Texas: Ethnic Cleansing in the Promise Land, 1820-1875,“The abrasiveness of Texans, their martial mentality and penchant for violence, their individualism and deep-seated racism, and their lust for profit made conflict with Indians inevitable.” The last of the Indigenous fighters were finally removed or killed in Texas by 1875. 

         

There were calls for extermination of native people in many quarters. Mirabeau Lamar, who has streets, parks, and other place names used to honor him, and a man that was elected by white voters in 1838 as the President of the Republic of Texas, called for “extinction or expulsion” of Native Americans in Texas. In later years aggression against children took place in “Indian Boarding Schools.” These “schools” taught Native Americans how “bad” their culture was while being forced to wear European styled clothing. Native children were whipped, which was an unknown concept in native culture, and most horribly were sexually assaulted in missionary schools in the 1830s. Those traumatized by these schools only led to more dysfunction and fissures in their family structure. These schools always emphasized that Native Americans were “uncivilized” and needed a “white man’s education. This had the effect of teaching young Native American children to hate themselves—one of the hallmarks of racism, colonialism, and settler domination. 

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