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america - a lagacy of evil

 
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ja gib



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:19 am    Post subject: america - a lagacy of evil Reply with quote

We speak of racial violence in america .... this country was born of unspeakable violence - extermination and genocide the scope and efficacity of which far surpasses that of the Third Reich. the violent genocide of the native peoples of this continent. as if that was not enough to bring the vengence of heaven upon us as a nation, america continued it"s blood thirsty assault on the african-american.
The following is an excerpt from wikipedia - the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864
Black Kettle, a chief of a group of around 800 mostly Southern Cheyennes, reported to Fort Lyon in an effort to declare peace. After having done so, he and his band, along with some Arapahos under Chief Left Hand, camped out at nearby Sand Creek, less than 40 miles north. The Dog Soldiers, who had been responsible for much of the conflict with whites, were not part of this encampment. Assured by the U.S. Government's promises of peace, Black Kettle sent most of his warriors to hunt, leaving only around 60 men in the village, most of them too old or too young to participate in the hunt. Black Kettle flew an American flag over his lodge since previously he had been assured that this practice would keep him and his people safe from U.S. soldiers' aggression.[11]

Setting out from Fort Lyon, Colonel Chivington and his 800 troops of the First Colorado Cavalry, Third Colorado Cavalry and a company of First New Mexico Volunteers marched to their campsite. On the night of November 28, soldiers and militia drank heavily and celebrated their anticipated victory.[12] On the morning of November 29, 1864, Chivington ordered his troops to attack. One officer, Captain Silas Soule refused to follow the Chivington's order and told his men to hold fire. Other soldiers in Chivington's force, however, immediately attacked the village. Disregarding the American flag, and a white flag that was run up shortly after the soldiers commenced firing, Chivington's soldiers massacred the majority of its mostly-unarmed inhabitants.

Fifteen U.S. soldiers were killed and more than 50 wounded.[13] Between the effects of the heavy drinking and the chaos of the assault, the majority of the U.S. casualties were due by friendly fire.[12] Between 150 and 200 Indians were estimated killed, nearly all elderly men, women and children. In testimony before a Congressional committee investigating the massacre, Chivington reported that as many as 500-600 Indian warriors killed. [14]. One source from the Cheyenne said that about 53 men and 110 women and children were killed.[15] Before Chivington and his men left the area, they plundered the tipis and took the horses. After the shooting began, Chivington's men came back and killed many of the wounded. They also scalped many of the dead, not mattering whether they were women, children, or babies. Chivington and his men dressed their weapons, hats and gear with scalps and other body parts, including human fetuses and male and female genitalia. They also publicly displayed these battle trophies in the Apollo Theater and saloons in Denver.[citation needed]


America - drenched in the blood of native peoples and african peoples, this country will one day answer to God for the blood of millions of people of color.


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rbroser



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horrible, but true. What's even more ironic, besides that our country's greatness was based upon the murders of Native Americans, African Americans, and other ethnic groups; is that our Constitution was inspired by a form of government that Native Americans used before the American Revolution.

During the 1776 Albany Conference, many of today's celebrated Founding Fathers, including John Adams and Ben Franklin, argued that the Iroquois Confederacy, an alliance of five (later six) Indian nations, is a form of government that is greatly responsible for the American Constitution.

In fact, the Iroquois Confederacy included checks and balances, and even three different branches of government. Also, the words "Tree of Peace" (which are found in writings during the Continental Congresses), which suggest peace between colonist and American natives, can be cited from a speech made by native chiefs during the Albany Conference.

If that is true, than our national government is a hypocrisy, said to be based on "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (also known as "The Right to Own Property"), but in fact encourages the murder of people who contributed and even inspired the government that our nation has to this day.

This is a shameful part of our history that many have refused to acknowledge or even remember, but we cannot do that. What you found on Wikipedia and what I learned at a college lecture must be known and must be remembered.

Why?

Because only by acknowledging OUR past can we know OUR present, and therefore know how to prepare OURSELVES for the future. As Timothy Tyson said in "Blood Done Sign Our Name": "The blue are about looking a painful history straight in the eye; the gospel is about coming together as a community of faith in order to rise beyond that anguish" (page 316).

Although the past is painful, it serves for us as a lesson: To better OURSELVES for the future. I emphasize US, because WE as a nation, as a group of people, and as community have the capability to make a change.

Only by working together and forgetting our differences can WE make a difference.
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ja gib



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:22 am    Post subject: america - an historical legacy that must not be forgotten Reply with quote

Let us not forget the past - exspecially.... because it was so horrific. At what point in history do we say - these events must never happen again. Does not history repeat itself? If these events of deprevity were allowed to be forgotten [ or brushed under the rug], who can say it will not happen again? I am going to make a documentary film about the forgotten histories of america. hopefully when americans see the true history of America - that is not found in any history book - their eyes will be opened to how important it is to fight racism on every level.
Racism is still very much alive in america,
let us make sure it does not
destroy as it once did.
Then, and only then, will america be truely a great nation.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amen.
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