American Indian Genocide: Fact or Fiction?
Were the American Indians the Targets of Genocide?
I keep seeing people post on Facebook the slanderous lie that Americans committed ‘Genocide' against the Indians. Genocide has a meaning: "The systematic (step by step, methodical) annihilation, the extermination of a group of people."
Obviously, this never happened. There might be twice as many Indians in America today as there were 400 years ago. Moreover, half the people I know claim to be "part Cherokee," which they could not be had the Indians been ‘annihilated' or ‘exterminated.'
As Dinesh D’Souza writes: "Critics of America allege that a series of crimes define the history of the United States. Let's begin by asking whether the white man was guilty of genocide against the native Indians. As a matter of fact, he was not.
“Great numbers of Indians did perish as a result of their contact with whites, but, for the most part, they died by contracting diseases for which they had not developed immunities. This is a tragedy on a grand scale, but it is not genocide, which implies an intention to wipe out an entire population."
Andrew Gillum ran for Governor of Florida in 2018. He said, “The lands upon which our own offices are situated have been ripped from the hands of their historical inhabitants through the sustained, continued genocide of Native and indigenous peoples.”
It was in the 1970s that American History began to be taught from a radical leftist point of view, a perspective that is decidedly anti-American. Our history is now taught to our children as a catalog of crimes: slavery, genocide, colonialism, imperialism, atrocities, massacres against loving, peaceful people everywhere who just wanted to be our friends.
Professor Ward Churchill teaches that there was a “vast genocide, the most sustained on record” of the Indians and that exterminating them was “the express objective of the U.S. government.”
Professor David Stannard teaches it was “the worst holocaust the world has ever witnessed.”
Professor Lenore Stiffarm teaches, “There can be no more monumental example of sustained genocide anywhere in the annals of human history.”
Author Kirkpatrick Sale claims that the English and the Americans intended to eliminate the red race from the face of the Earth.
What is Genocide?
The Genocide Convention of the United Nations was proclaimed in 1951 and joined by the United States in 1986. It defines genocide as “a series of acts committed with the intent to destroy a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group.” The motive must be the annihilation of the group, with “proof of a genocidal plan.”
A legal concept invented in 1951 should not be applied to events in the past, as the accused are long dead and cannot defend themselves, their motives, their deeds, in a court of law, and confront their accusers, to be judged by a jury of their peers. American Law rejects ex post facto laws—charging someone retroactively with a crime that was not a recognized crime when it was committed.
The Geneva Convention stipulates that guilt is personal. Only individuals are to be charged with genocide—not entire nations.
The Smallpox Blanket Hoax
There is no doubt that the Europeans were unknowingly carriers of Smallpox, and perhaps a dozen other diseases for which the Indians had no immunity. That did cause a considerable reduction in their population—accidentally. Maybe 90% of all deaths of Indians after the white man came were from these pathogens.
Ward Churchill fabricated the tale, remarkably retold every day on social media by self-loathing whites, that Americans deliberately infected Indians with Smallpox by giving them blankets they had somehow tainted with the virus on purpose—biological warfare. The University of Michigan studied and thoroughly debunked this hateful hoax. It is worth reading their conclusions so we can put this to bed before we go further:
“Churchill has habitually committed multiple counts of research misconduct—specifically, fabrication and falsification. Churchill fabricated events that never occurred—namely the U.S. Army's alleged distribution of smallpox infested blankets. Churchill falsified sources to support his fabricated version of events, and also concealed evidence in his cited sources that actually disconfirms, rather than substantiates, his allegations of genocide.
“Forgery and fraud violate the most basic foundations on which historians construct their interpretations of the past. An undetected counterfeit undermines not just the historical arguments of the forger, but all subsequent scholarship that relies on the forger's work. Those who invent, alter, remove, or destroy evidence make it difficult for any serious historian ever wholly to trust their work again.”
The Noble Savage Myth
The Noble Savage Myth is just that: a myth. It is a total crock of crap that the Native Americans all lived in peace and harmony with nature before the evil white man came along. That is anti-American propaganda. Life among the Indians was full of strife, curses, suffering, brutality, cruelty, terror, immorality, rape, torture, war, sexual perversion, and death.
There were only a couple million Indians when the white man came, living on 3.8 million square miles of land. Knowing what we do about the movement and migration of peoples—hailed today as their natural right—there is no way they could have held on to that much land, especially since they were living in the Stone Age and had no written language.
The colonists believed they had no right to any land they did not purchase from Indians. They did not ‘steal the land,’ as our schoolchildren are taught. They very much wanted to live in peace with the Indians and be friends with them.
The first war in America was between the colonists and their Indian friends against the Pequot Indians in 1637. The Pequots intended to commit genocide against the white settlers, who were warned about the plan by other Indians.
The Pequots were famous for devising means to torture men, women and children. They would skin people alive, slowly over three days, cut off fingers and toes, burn with hot embers, and roast their captives alive.
Torture was part of overall Indian culture, and some tribes would enjoy cannibalism. That is why whites became revulsed by them as time went on. They were cruel savages. When the colonists responded to this barbarism the record shows they went out of their way to spare women, children, and the elderly, which negates the genocide theory.
In 1675, King Philip’s War broke out because, in the words of Indian Chief King Philip, “These missionaries are screwing up Indian life. They’re telling us to stop torturing people. They’re telling us not to kill our captives. That’s going to mess up our whole culture.” It ended with King Philip killed by his fellow Indians.
Every 16th white man of military age in America died during this conflict. White women and children were killed or enslaved in large numbers. Over half of all colonial towns were attacked, with 17 of them utterly destroyed. The colonists were held to higher standards. Four of them were found guilty and two executed in 1676 for killing noncombatants.
In 1754, Indians chose the side of the French against the English colonists in the French and Indian War. The English won that conflict, with 2,000 dead. It left a bitter taste in their mouths toward the Indians, who had committed many atrocities, egged on by the French.
The Founding Fathers
During the American War of Independence, the British recruited Indian chief Joseph Brant to massacre as many American civilians as he could and paid him $5 per scalp, a goodly sum in those days. He mostly attacked Quaker villages because they were pacifists that didn't own guns and wouldn't fight back.
The Founding Fathers strove to do the right thing by the Indians. The first federal law George Washington signed, on becoming the President of the United States, said, “You can’t have land unless you bought it from the Indians. You have to be able to show title deed to that.”
The Indians mostly respected the Founding Fathers and met cordially with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and others.
Indians in America
There is no doubt that many Indians died during forced relocations such as the Trail of Tears. However, the intent of the relocations was not genocide.
During this period two distinct views of Indians developed. In the big cities of the Eastern Seaboard, safely removed from them, a sentimental look took hold, a romantic concept about the disappearing ways of the Noble Savage. However, an entirely different opinion was held by the pioneers on the frontier who actually lived among them, with fear and anger being the most prominent feelings.
The Sioux were pillaging, raping, and murdering whites all over Minnesota. The Cheyenne and Arapaho seemed to find great pleasure in butchering innocent men, women, and children.
The overall relationship between whites and Indians was different out in California after gold was discovered in 1848. Thousands of single young men rushed out there, and it was fairly lawless. The Governor of California issued a warning to settlers in 1859: "Your operations against the Indians must be confined strictly to those who are known to have engaged in killing the stock and destroying the property of our citizens. Women and children, under all circumstances, must be spared." Hardly the stuff of genocide.
After the Civil war, waves of migrants moved west, drawing vicious attacks by Indians on wagon trains, farms, ranches, and hamlets. In 1866, 80 soldiers were ambushed and massacred.
The Cheyenne were attacking people left and right in Kansas. Whites indeed retaliated, but there were never any plans or orders to exterminate the Indians.
America haters have gone as far as to compare the treatment of Indians to the extermination of Jews by the Nazis. However, there is a documented Final Solution that the Nazis had for the Jews. In other words, they wanted to exterminate every last Jew on Earth and had an organized plan to do it and set about doing it.
There was never any such plan by Americans for the Indians. There was never an organized effort to exterminate them.
I am certainly not saying they were not mistreated, but words have meanings. If I eat a Lean Cuisine, somebody could come along and accuse me of gluttony but them saying it does not make it accurate because while gluttony involves eating it also has a meaning beyond mere eating.
Indians fought and murdered and enslaved each other for centuries, and stole each other's land. The Sioux did not originate in the Dakotas.
This whole genocide idea came from Howard Zinn and Ward Churchill, two men who viscerally hate the country that has made them fat and sassy. There was massacre, rape, slaughter, theft, and murder perpetrated by Indians against Whites, too.
The whole thing of Zinn is to glorify the losers in every contest. If he was writing about the World Series, all he would go on about is how poorly treated the losing teams were and how dastardly the winners are.
It was meant to be a reversal of the way history was taught and it was for a reason: To denigrate America to schoolchildren, to make them ashamed to be Americans (or white at least); to make America seem not worth defending, to prepare the way for a New World Order without the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free. It is propaganda. It makes all of our former heroes into the worst villains of history without any new facts uncovered.