Thursday, November 27, 2008

So Obvious, It's Overlooked...

Truth is usually obvious. The more convoluted an argument becomes the more BS its premise is likely to be.
This is why liberals always resort to satirical and sarcastic "comebacks" as they dread being pulled into an indepth discourse where their spurious arguments are easily exposed.

Sometimes the simpleness of a truth can cause it's revelation to be overlooked and neglected in discussing related issues.

The other day I came across an "anti" comment at Stormfront about Indians and America that was so silly I doubt even the Indians use it.

This lady states,

This nation belongs to Native Americas first and foremost and we raped their poeple and took their land. Im also concerned when people are so extreme and dont look at all sides before making judgements , rash statements and comments.

Now obviously she doesn't understand what a nation-state is. Nations are political, cultural and (more often than not), biological constructs.

"This nation" happens to be located on the giant land mass known as North America. Saying that "this Nation" really belongs to Native Americans(?) because they were here before "this nation" existed is about as logical as saying that Microsoft belongs to the Native Americans as well since they once roamed the land where its headquarters are currently located.

I bring this up because Thanksgiving has, in the past fifteen or so years, become a politically correct "issue" due to the relationship between the White settlers and the Indians.

The "issue" is cast in the usual minority-feelings -oppressed minority- mode.

Here is where the 'so obvious, it's overlooked' part comes in.

Commenting about the Thanksgiving controversy at Vdare, James Fulford writes,

The complaining, as is traditional at modern Thanksgivings, comes from an unThankful Indian:

"'It's demeaning,' Michelle Raheja, the mother of a kindergartner at Condit Elementary School, wrote to her daughter's teacher.’I'm sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis), or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation's history.'

“Raheja, whose mother is a Seneca, wrote the letter upon hearing of a four-decade district tradition, where kindergartners at Condit and Mountain View elementary schools take annual turns dressing up and visiting the other school for a Thanksgiving feast. This year, the Mountain View children would have dressed as Native Americans and walked to Condit, whose students would have dressed as Pilgrims."

Of course, it's Raheja casting the Pilgrim Fathers as the Nazis/slave masters, and the Indians as the minority group. This is false—the Pilgrims were Protestant Christians, the Indians were pagan savages. The Pilgrims were anti-slavery Puritans whose descendants would fight on the Northern side in the Civil War, the Seneca were slave-owners and raiders. (Their victims being mostly other Indians, of course. They used to capture whole villages of Hurons and assimilate them.) And while Indians are now a minority group, at the time of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims were the minority—they were the only white people for thousands of miles in any direction. What this is, of course, is history told from the enemy's point of view.

For at least the first century that Whites were in what is now the United States, they were the minority!
And based on written accounts, a poorly treated minority at that.

The same holds true for the Spaniards in South America as well as the British in India and various European peoples in Africa and Asia.

Now obviously this theme needs to be explored more and there are contextual considerations to all of those examples, but the main context (as in minority/majority relations) is clear. Colonial Whites were a minority group.