I was wondering if anybody would be willing to have a protest of some kind? Because in my opinion, this is just the same as the Holocaust except the difference is, we don’t celebrate the Holocaust. Though the Holocaust was horrible, it was a six year thing. Most of it. Our oppression has been going for 518 years. 78 million have died as a result. When Columbus got here there were 80 million people of different tribes and tongues. This was just in the U.S. territories alone! Yet by the time the white man’s conquest was over, there are a little over 2 million left. Unlike the Jews of Europe, we barely have our identity.
As a Jew I am highly offended that one would consider creating a comparison between the Holocaust and Colonization. They are two completley different things. Also, if you are not a Jew, you can not understand what you mean by having an Idenity. Yes, Jews have an idenity that was not lost to them but we held on to ours and there are many young american Jews left today that have lost all trace of their indenity of being Jewish. As well, one can not being to compare something that is a Cultural Idenity to that of a Religious Idenity that has Cultural Aspects. I think there is a large difference in that. I don’t mean to say that you’re plight was not important because it was, but there is a difference between forced assimliation of a group of people and outright Genocide. I would perfer if you do not confuse the two aspects in attempting to get your point across. Also, as Jews we numbered within the Millions before the holocaust, and that number was reduced to around 800,000 Jews left. One more thing I would like to point out…Jews never got compenstation for the loss of so many lives. As an Aboriginal you recieve, and yes it might be seen as deeming, monetary compenstation but you still recieved. Jews are still fighting for a state in which to call their own. They are still fighting agaisnt a people out there who wish to see all Jews Dead. I don’t think anyone in the world wants to see all Aborigonal Peoples Dead.
So next time you think to compare something on this scales, don’t. Because you obviously don’t understand the situation enough to understand excatly what you are wishing to imply.
Genocide: any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
“By conservative estimates, the population of the United states prior to European contact was greater than 12 million. Four centuries later, the count was reduced by 95% to 237 thousand.
Mass killing did not cease, however, after Columbus departed. Expansion of the European colonies led to similar genocides. “Indian Removal” policy was put into action to clear the land for white settlers. Methods for the removal included slaughter of villages by the military and also biological warfare. High death rates resulted from forced marches to relocate the Indians. via
As America was expanding, Native Americans were being pushed farther west and even up into Canada. With Manifest Destiny and the United States constantly taking shape, the English settlers were much greedier for land and grew less tolerant of the Natives standing in their way. There were numerous amounts of massacres and things were not getting better.
One example of a state and its extreme efforts to move the Native Americans out of the land was Texas. When Texas entered the union they had different policies regarding Native Americans than the United States had already outlined. Texans did not think they needed to trade land nor did they think that the Natives even had rights to the land to begin with. Because of this, Texans would invade land owned by Native Americans because they supposedly had no claims or rights to it.
In 1847, Texas granted “speculators” pieces of land. This land was already inhabited by Natives. When the new settlers had surveyors check out the land they found Native Americans who were none to happy about the situation.
Texans wanted the Native Americans out so the new settlers could help to expand the state. Texans continually went onto their lands and they continually killed many people. In 1859, after a system of reservations failed, Native Americans were finally forced out of Texas. via
People don’t want Native Americans dead? Oh please.
FBI: Indians Still Most Assaulted in Hate Crimes Compensation doesn’t take away institutional and systemic racism. And also: The Reparations Agreement between Israel and West Germany (German: Luxemburger Abkommen, Hebrew: הסכם השילומים Heskem HaShelomim) was signed on September 10, 1952, and entered in force on March 27, 1953. According to the Agreement, West Germany was to pay Israel for the slave labor and persecution of Jews during the Holocaust, and to compensate for Jewish property that was stolen by the Nazis.
The relatively recent development of casinos — over three hundred of them — in Indian country is often seen by outsiders as much more of a positive and beneficent economic phenomenon than they are; the cold reality is that, while the casinos have helped the economic picture of the tribes involved to some extent — but not all that much — they have also engendered no small amount of corruption, skim-offs from outsiders, and much venomous intra-tribal factionalism. In addition, since tribes are not covered by Federal labor laws, it’s been very difficult for almost all tribal casino employees to unionize — and pay and conditions are often extremely poor. And, further, however slowly, the states themselves are beginning their own legalization of non-Indian casino gambling.
Whether Federally-recognized or not, reservation or urban, the Native American situation is characterized by severe economic marginality and frequently outright desperation. Unemployment on the reservations, always high, is now — depending on the particular setting and circumstance — between 50% and 90 %. Urban Indian unemployment stands between 50% and 60 % — with many additional people working only part-time at odd jobs and day labor. The average life expectancy for an Indian person is, depending on whichever of the current estimates, 6 to 10 years below that of other Americans — with the Native health situation marked by, among other things, the highest diabetes, tuberculosis, alcoholism, and suicide rates in the U.S. The death rate for Native people via alcoholism is seven times the national average. And alcohol also frequently figures into the extremely high Indian suicide rate which is almost 75% above that of all other races — and 2-3 times higher than the national average for Native males in the 15-34 age range. via
So take your own advice. Don’t talk about things you have no knowledge of.