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'Never Forget - The Native American Genocides

Updated on July 18, 2013

Never Forget

a friend sent me the picture below a few days ago and it sent me digging through some old composition assignments for this paper. I am encluding it here on my Hub site because I think it's important.


The Paper.

‘Never Forget’

Though these two words may mean nothing to you, to those whose ancestors perished by stake, drowning, flame, and other forms of torture during the Crusades, the Inquisitions, the Native American Genocides, and countless other atrocities before and since these times; they are of utmost importance. ‘Never Forget’ is the rallying cry of all the native peoples driven to near extinction through genocide, both culturally and physically.

Man, more specifically the (mostly) Caucasian European nations, in the name of Christianity, has used domination, torture, slavery, and often total genocide of the original peoples to gain and keep control of the wealth and power they consider their right. In this way they have justified some of the most brutal slaughters in human history; from the wars of the late Roman Empire, to the Crusades, to the Inquisition, to world wars, and genocide against the heathen, heretic, Muslim, and Jew. The Holy Roman Catholic Church endorsed and/or orchestrated most of these — with the origins of these atrocities in their faulty or slanted interpretations of the teaching of Jesus.

To do nothing more than tally a list of all these atrocities would require a volume the size of War and Peace. On the North American continent alone, a mere infant of five hundred and twenty years since its ‘discovery’, ‘The American Holocaust’, known as the 500 year war, an estimated 95,000,000 to 114,000,000+ native peoples have perished as result of Christendom and its greed.

From the moment Christopher Columbus (a former slave trader and would-be Holy Crusader) set foot on the beaches of San Salvador in 1492 their fate was sealed. The native peoples were slaughtered and massacred like animals; indeed they were considered soulless animals beyond domesticating.

A Spanish missionary, Bartolome de las Casas, described eye-witness accounts of mass murder, torture and rape. (Barry Lopez summarizes Las Casas’ report.)

"One day, in front of Las Casas, the Spanish dismembered, beheaded, or raped 3000 people. Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight, the Spanish cut off the legs of children who ran from them. They poured people full of boiling soap. They made bets as to who, with one sweep of his sword, could cut a person in half. They loosed dogs that devoured an Indian like a hog, in less than a moment. They used nursing infants for dog food.”

"Columbus took the title 'Admiral of the Ocean Sea' and proceeded to unleash a reign of terror unlike anything seen before or since. When he was finished, eight million Arawaks -- virtually the entire native population of Hispaniola -- had been exterminated by torture,

murder, forced labor, starvation, disease, and despair."

The Spaniards eventually went on to conquer Mexico and the southern part of the North American continent using the same process of genocide. By the time the 16th century came to a close, some 200,000 Spaniards had moved to the Americas and probably more than 60,000,000 natives were dead.

With the establishment of the Jamestown Colony (Virginia) in 1607 by the English and the French Quebec Colony in 1608 followed on their heels by New Amsterdam, now Holland (New York) in1624 and New Sweden (New Jersey) in 1638 the fate of the aboriginals was sealed.

Interested only in the land the natives lived on and having little Need for slaves the colonists initiated mass killings. They raided villages killing every man, woman, and child leaving the carcasses to rot or be eaten by carrion. They destroyed villages, burned crops, poisoned animals, and defaced sacred sites.

David E. Stannard referring to a letter written in 1723 stated:

"Hundreds of Indians were killed in skirmish after skirmish. Other hundreds were killed in successful plots of mass poisoning. They were hunted down by dogs. Their canoes and fishing weirs were smashed, their villages and agricultural fields burned to the ground. Indian peace offers were accepted by the English only until their prisoners were returned; then, having lulled the natives into false security, the colonists returned to the attack. It was the colonists' expressed desire that the Indians be exterminated, in a single raid the settlers destroyed corn

sufficient to feed four thousand people for a year. Starvation and the massacre of non- combatants is becoming the preferred British approach to dealing with the natives."

Determining that conventional extermination of the native people was not fast enough Christian Missionaries were encouraged to provide blankets and other gifts that had been previously used by colonial smallpox victims as peace offerings thereby reducing their population by half before the culling even began. John Winthrop, first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony wrote in 1634, “as for the natives, they are near all dead of the smallpox, so as the Lord hath cleared our title to what we possess. In 1703 Massachusetts offered a bounty of 12 pounds on each Indian scalp which increased to 100 pounds by 1723. This practice was so lucrative that frontier posts actually solicited them like they did animal pelts. The scalp buyers made no distinction between male or female, child or adult, infant or ancient; often paying more for the younger ones as they brought more money in England as souvenirs.

In 1776 Independence was declared. Hostilities against the Indian decreased while the colonists immersed themselves in the obtaining their freedom. By the early 1800s though it was business as usual and the American people turned their attentions back to enforcing their ‘Christian’ duty of eradicating the heathen from the Promised Land.

George Washington, the first President of the ‘Land of the Free’, compared the native to wolves referring to them as “beasts of prey” in a speech to the Governors and calling for their complete eradication.’

The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 by Thomas Jefferson opened the land beyond the Mississippi to expansion westward for the already crowded new country. This renewed the blood lust for native lives and lands. Jefferson believed “a republic depended on an independent, virtuous citizenry for its survival, and that independence and virtue went hand in hand with land ownership, especially the ownership of small farms.” (“Those who labor in the earth,” he wrote, “are the chosen people of God.”)

This land rush was called by many names, some of the most popular being ‘The Wild West’ and ‘The Frontier Age’. Popularized in novels and magazines as the time of the ‘cowboys and Indians’; when the brave settlers and vastly outnumbered Calvary fought and eventually defeating the Indian, making our land safe for the American People.

The Indian; having learned well the lessons the white man taught, were indeed becoming savage by this time, with wide scale killings, burnings, and even the taking of scalps. The battles were either referred to as Divine Providence or Massacres by ‘The Savage Red Devils’ depending on the outcome of each battle.

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814 where Andrew Jackson oversaw not only the stripping away of the flesh of 800+ dead Indians for manufacture into bridle reins, but also that

souvenirs from the corpses were distributed to the ladies of Tennessee was a victory, while The Battle of Little Bighorn, in June 1876, also known as Custer’s Last Stand, was a massacre.

The Removal Act of 1830 resulting in the nefarious Trail of Tears (a forced march of the Cherokees, resulting in the destruction of most of the Cherokee population) in 1838 was heralded as a brilliant strategic movement while Geronimo was referred to as a power hungry savage.

The discovery of gold in California in 1849 and shortly thereafter in Alaska, followed by the Homestead Act of 1862 opened up the flood gates sealing the fate of the native.

Native historian, Jack Forbes, wrote:” In 1848, before the gold rush in California, that state's native population is estimated to have been 150,000. In 1870, after the gold rush, only about 31,000 were still alive.”

The eventual defeat and forced removal from their homelands into small concentration camps (find a better name for them) caused increased death, by military, disease, starvation, extremely harsh conditions.

The late 19th Century witnessed a different type of genocide perpetrated on the Indian. Cultural genocide was utilized in a concentrated effort to Americanize the few natives who survived the ethnic cleansings; resulting in destruction of the native way of life. Indigenous youths were incarcerated, indoctrinated with non-indigenous Christian values, and forced into manual labor. Often they didn’t see their families until later in their adulthood after their value systems and knowledge had been supplanted with Christian thinking. One of the foundations of

The U.S. strategy was to replace traditional leadership with indoctrinated converts in order to expedite compliance with their goals.

The government’s and religious organizations’ systematical destruction of Native American culture and religious heritage continued through the 20th Century and on into the 21st in catastrophic and unexpected ways. John Toland is quoted as saying:

“Hitler’s concept of the concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history. He often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination-by starvation and uneven combat-of the ‘Red Savages’ who could not be tamed by captivity.” ( “Adolf Hitler”, Vol. II, p. 802, Doubleday and Co. N.Y. 1976 )” The World finally took notice in 1948 when primarily white victims of Nazi Germany faced cultural extinction. The “Holocaust” of World War II came to be the model of genocide still being used today.

After WWII the United States quickly emerged as the world's "superpower" primarily through its economic might. For some time, many believed the U.S. to be a shining example of economic freedom for other nations to emulate. Indeed, America was eager to promote "economic freedom" globally to open new markets for U.S.-based corporations

In the 21st Century which many believe to be ‘The last generation’; we as the human race, must realize that other genocides have occurred. Genocide against many particular groups is still going on today – and America is still at the top of the list of tyrants. Whether in Vietnam or Iraq, Nicaragua or Indonesia, the inconvenient truth is that “human rights” are

reserved for white male Americans and Israeli Jews. The US native population, women, blacks, the Vietnamese, the Palestinians, the Iraqis, and all other minorities are inferior and entitled to no particular consideration.

It is time to admit to the wrongs we have done or let be done. It is time to stand up and say NO MORE.:

Taking a quote from “The Border on Our Backs” (RA#10)

“We deny the nopal no longer. We know full well we’re not on foreign soil, but on Indian lands. (Were we supposed to forget that too?) So there’s no going back. If anything, we are back. The whole continent, the whole earth---which our ancestors have traversed for thousands of years---is our mother. Meanwhile we watch Congress and the president do a dance about not pardoning or not granting amnesty to those who’ve been remanded to live in shadows. Sinverquenzas! Just who precisely needs to be pardoned? Those who are exploited and who have been here forever …. Or those who have been complicit in our dehumanization?”

Though this history has long since been forgotten or ignored, the earliest followers of Jesus rejected violence, tried to return good for evil, fed the hungry, did acts of mercy and unconditional love and tried to make friends out of their enemies (by caring for them, feeding them, praying for them and certainly refusing to kill them or pay for somebody else to kill them). Wakeup all you who claim allegiance to Jehovah and salvation through Christ His Son and heed this message:

“Jesus would surely have condemned his church’s complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans, the enslavement of black Africans, and the segregationist, apartheid policies that were designed by various ruling elites to destroy ethnic or religious minorities.”


The Canary Effect


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      Tim Wilson 3 weeks ago

      That is so true. Make the Indian side of me ashamed of the white side.

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      Vincent Thompkins 4 weeks ago

      It was so wrong if this genocide. And wrong doing My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ knows these acts and says to me forgive them for they know not what they do... Your reward is great in Heaven Mother Sky .

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      CommonSense 4 months ago




      noun: conquest

      the subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by use of military force.

      This is absolutely nothing new.

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      VladTheImpaler 11 months ago

      Once again, in the words of YOUR historian, only 150,000 Native Americans lived in California in the mid-1800s, a state that has 30 million people living there today. Get a grip. Yes, there was a war between Europeans and 'Americans', and yes, the White Man kicked the crap out of the Stone Age people they found. Maybe if those Stone Age people had acted more human-like, then maybe the war wouldn't have been so bad. But how bad WAS that war? Most likely no more than 1 million Native Americans were killed by direct actions - the rest died from disease, even if intentionally spread, they would have gotten that disease and died anyhow.

      Interesting how this article describes how horrible the Spanish (or Latinos) were, yet today you are blaming the Anglos for those same types of acts. You are like African-Americans who blame every White person for slavery, when most Whites lived in the North and never had slaves or came to America after the Civil War when there wasn't ANY slavery.

      And, even this article says that Latino took all of South America, Central America, and some of North America. You know that part of North America they took, and the 'Anglos' took from them? - The 'Anglos' gave so much of that land back to 'Natives' that 'Natives' have 2.6x more land, per person, that 'Anglos' in the USA. So how about you blame the Mexicans, or Latinos for being the bad guys, instead of the 'Anglos' who gave you much of your land back, hmmmm?

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      Robert 11 months ago

      Americans are denying their own history of the holocaust. None of this denial will save a single Native American life lost. No rewriting of history will deny a single death. Americans need to accept the blood on their hands. No, we must not "get over it"

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      38575559 12 months ago

      I see that rewriting of history is alive and well in this day and age. Liberals are very good at it because they infiltrated education institutions.

      Hence we have claims like 100,000,000 million of indians dead because of white Europeans or 10,000 rapes a day. Only problem for the liberals is that during the last 40 years the "numbers" in their "statistics" slowly grew to such a nonsense that today only morons with no brains are believing those made up numbers. When you are no good at anything loser it's very tempting to take up any cause, no matter how ridiculous, to make yourself feel good about yoursef. Liberals, stop and look at yourself in harsh light of reality. Humanity did not advance from cave man times via the means of being a victim. Victimhood kills human spirit and makes you a weak sheep easily led by true predators who are plotting their own evil path. Just look at history. You can find lots of examples.

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      Boy i guess u all r all whote with your hands over your eyes right how dare u even say any thing u wernt even there but i know how we r today still treating others like we r some thin special r u kid 14 months ago

      Lies abuse from r goverment these fing cops r way out of control way to abusive twords every one its not ok for this crap to be going on got to get there po kets filled with that money they were promised i dont belivd we voted for all these pipe lines to be put in again with out r knowlege lies i belive that all these cops yhat r shooting chilidren there r so many difty vops as we can see with tbis indian gThrring your bull shit pipe line has to go now no matter what right because it wrong u r nreaking rules peoples rights u r killing us with r food youf side ways shit its probley like fracking another bright idea killing all the litte people that c ant stand up to u so font think for one nit that they make this shot up what u belive the fariy tail that columbus discovered america an landed on plymoth rock blah blah an the pilgrims an te indians that were already here ok had a feast togehet an call it thanksgiving its an lie people an ya we r dirty bastareds r gov will screw us like they r now trying to take all r right away an not even hear any of us i side with the indians an im real dock of these abusive cops shooting lacks take there guns away no gun control my ass these cops need gun control an quit protecting these killers why if cops kill a insant black kid white indian they should do the time like all the rest of us im sick of lawyers running this country we should give r rights up because were to stupid thats what oboma said the other day see how he trying to fuck this whole country be fore hes done an we have all those other crucked politions lying lawers bankers that made r whole ecomoney fall a few years ago an none of them were provuted 400 dollar hookers partys an all of us tax payers had to pay because they kepted all there millions bonuses thats the big loss of money hilliary is going on about with trump an there still working up in r govermebt aboma has a real big one as a consultant for them a million dollars a month im so sick of the bull shit i dont need hilliary bitching about every one else shes not going to do any thing eathier shes a theife lyier trader any one else would be in jail but they never thought trump would ever get this far an he will expose there whole chacha like he has been hes a business man very susessful he has daughters there r very respected hilliary attacking trump for bull shit 11 years ago is bullshit mr clintion an her side kick married to that prerve mr wennier i think shes bitching at trump but it fits the people around her more she hasnt told me shit because its going to be more rules for us an more money an abuse from these cops take ther guns away sling shots all this crap kaos going on because r goverment is letting them handle all this for them oboma could stop this abuse twords r young blacks an he could order that pipe line to stop now quit abusing these indians they r right i dont want there half ass projects breaking an contaminating any more water oh yah like tankers in r oceans an r air or r food or what ever else u r killing us with i think when this shit goes on we should have the right to make these over powering gov pocket liners stop stop that pipe line just do what they want i didnt know about another oioe ling going threw r contry why so many we need this to stop right now an i belive we have an indian treaty why isnt it respected why r nt any of us veing treated right i think we need to throw every lawyer iut an there come up side way shit im sick of paying an not getting any thing they screw us r inviroment an abusing all of us trump is telling on them they cant have him screwing up the good ol boys we r peeons they degread us they carry badged they r crooked criminals with guns an badges i know this bull shit can be stopped why isnt it shooting unarmed indians to harm them they r protesting all the gov wrongs an your pissed there in the way so scersrew every one an get it in any way right oboma this needs to stop this goverment these cops r showing all of us an the whole world we concore destroy some people an welcome others open arms refergese wecome heres a new life a home money thats what were talking about k

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      manicheanwarrior 15 months ago

      What utter nonsense. There have never been 100 million Indians! At the time noted the total population of the United States was not even a 100 million

      As for this native american nonsense. If you were born here you're a native American.

      Get an education !

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      wells 15 months ago

      Native Americans (NA) need to stop their whining and work to improve their own lives. I'm sick of seeing the grossly overinflated 'murdered' numbers cited by NA as a means of inflating their percieved 'suffering' at the hands of whites.

      No one keeps numbers on numbers white settlers murdered and/or tortured by NA during the development of the Amerian West, but it's certainly fair to say that these inhuman practices fomented White hatred of NA.

      It's also fair to say that NA have been living largely on American welfare for well more than 100 years.

      Maybe its time for NA to stop feeling sorry for themselves and begin working on to improve their own lives and economic prospects, educating themselves and providing better lives for their families, as I did.

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      IME 15 months ago

      It was the Europeans (meaning from the European continent) who came to invade the Americas. It was their nature of "conquering" land for their kings and/or religion. Taking land that belonged to the native people; natives whom in return tried to defend their land, but in the end were indeed slaughtered. And this did happen, whether it was genocide or not, it did happen all over the American continents over a period of hundreds of years. That is where the "100 million" number comes from. European settlers didn't just claim the United States. They arrived in both North and South America. And Native Americans are ALL the people who are Native to the Americas.

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      VladTheImpaler 16 months ago

      Here is your words: "Native historian, Jack Forbes, wrote:” In 1848, before the gold rush in California, that state's native population is estimated to have been 150,000. In 1870, after the gold rush, only about 31,000 were still alive"

      So there was 150,000 Native Americans in all of the large state of California, multiply that by 50 times, and you get a total of 7.5 million Natives across the entire USA's 50 states, and as you know every state but Texas is MUCH smaller than California, so the number that YOU provided really calculates out as only about 5 million Native Americans.

      Guess what dude - your article is almost entirely BS.

      Another example: The Battle of Wounded Knee is proclaimed to be one of the worst massacres of Native Americans EVER ... and the estimate is 300 dead. So there was 100 million / 300 per massacre = 333,333 battles (or massacres) like that? One per day would be about 333 per year, so it would take 1000 years of constant battles to massacre 100 million - and NOBODY has ever claimed that happened.

      Back in Europe however, Genghis Kahn's Mongols with an army of more than 200,000 warriors DID annihilate Russian and Ukranian villages with 20,000 people in them - even though those 'Vikings' killed as many as 40,000 Mongols, the other 160,000 were able to annihilate the 20,000 Russian/Viking people.

      So, no, the Native Americans did NOT suffer the Greatest Genocide on Earth - not even close.

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      Mosborne 16 months ago

      I just don't see the proof that 100 million "Native Americans" ever lived on this land let alone died

      Quit blaming white people the Indians that lived here were killing each other for 100's of years before we got here

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      VladTheImpaler 20 months ago

      Yes, allowed to go anywhere. FYI: The USA took the American Southwest from Mexico, not Native Americans, and there is precisely ZERO Reservation Lands in Mexico. The Spanish/Mexicans made pacts with Apache to attack Comanche and made pacts with Comanche to attack Apache - so you think Latinos are nicer than Anglos? The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and if the USA had not been developed by Anglo-Saxon-Americans as it was - the Japanese would have bombed and slaughtered the (Stone Age) Native Americans far worse than Anglo-Saxons did - ask the Chinese. Get over it - the fact is that the Anglo-Saxon-Americans have improved lives of millions of Native Americans now living into their 80s compared to dying at 40 or less on average - just wait until the Arabic-Muslims get here and take over - they slaughtered 100s of millions of Native-Africans and will chop the heads off of any Native American who wants to continue their Pow-Wows and other 'pagan' rituals.

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      JustMe 21 months ago

      and they are allowed to go anywhere....

      they must be very thankful.

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      VladTheImpaler 24 months ago

      1) As noted, the black plague killed 100s of millions of Europeans - that stuff happens.

      2) Genghis Kahn's Mongolian Hordes (Central Asians)invaded Europe, and truly murdered and raped 10s of millions, actually changing the DNA of people along the border of Europe and Asia.

      3) Moors from Africa invaded Europe, conquered and ruled Spain for 500 years, raping and pillaging there and continuously invading France and other areas of Europe, until driven out in 1492. Columbus actually went West trying to find a safer passage to the East Indies - trying to avoid the hideous Moors and other Blacks along the African coastline. The Crusades were badly timed, but they were in response to the invasions of Europe by Arabic Muslims. Crusaders got to the Middle East late, and found Christians had already been wiped out during the Muslim Conquest.

      3) Ottoman-Turks and Tartars, an Arabic and mixed race of Mongols due to Mongolians having raped their DNA into conquered people of North-West Arabia and South-East Europe (now Turkey, Syria, Georgia, Chechnya, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, etc.), invaded Europe, truly killing 10s of millions, for 500 years. Russia, not the USSR, but European-White-Russia, had (11) discernible periods of war with Ottoman-Turks, who had successfully invaded as far as Vienna, Austria.

      4) Today, you can see the obvious brutality of ISIS and Boko-Haram types, and they are Arabian/African people, not Europeans.

      5) Today, with 7 billion people on the planet, Native Americans have about 20x more land per person than people of India, about 10x more than people of China, and almost 3x more than other US-Americans. They have their own, private lands, and they are allowed to go anywhere that any other US-American can. They have enough land that they sell hunting and fishing licenses to Non-Natives.

      6) Every place on earth that the White-Man has gone, the populations have exploded, because we brought modern medicine and sanitation and farming to those places. The population of Africa increased by a billion people, and the same for Arabia and other Muslim naions.

      7) The Maya WERE chopping off people heads in sacrifice to 'gods' with the hope the 'gods' would end the drought that killed many of them - even before Columbus landed.

      8) So 1,000-2,000 White Men killed 100 million red men? Are you saying that Native Americans were THAT weak compared to White Man ??? I doubt that.

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      Marie Ann Faulkner 2 years ago

      I have American Indian ancestors : Cherokees who intermarried with the Watts and Carpenter Families who immigrated to America from Devon in the 17th century

      I am shocked to hear the account outlined above and need to have this appalling history remembered

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      This is grossly inaccurate. Your article is insinuating that Europeans slaughter over one hundred million people which never happened. The vast majority died as a result of diseases unknowingly brought over by the Europeans. The Black Plague killed roughly two hundred million people and was brought from Central Asia, but I don't see you blaming Asians of some kind of atrocity.

      The reality is the photo your friend sent you is the work of some lazy buffoon who googled the total Native American population spanning North and South America and slapped it on a photo of sitting bull.

      Many of the atrocities faced by the natives came from the Puritans during the 1600's because of their religious belief that the natives were inferior and the U.S. during the 1800's over land disputes. There's no excuse for what happened, but to say that it was genocide is hardly honest.

      When the Quakers settled Pennsylvania their communities lived in peace with the Natives and encouraged equal treatment. Even Benjamin Franklin wrote about the issue of people leaving European communities for the native ones in search of simpler life. They were viewed as the hippies of their time which as you know is attractive for some.

      To sum up my point, your article is based on assumptions and half truths. I'm trying to avoid dealing with your claims toward the end about lack of rights for minorities otherwise my argument will be a little too long winded. Either way you should hit the books once more and don't look for articles involve confirmation bias.