Historical Report on Race
April 6, 2014
Historical Report on Race
Throughout United States history, the Native Americans have been the victims of racism since the day Christopher Columbus landed on North America. It is important for all people to understand that the Native American Indian was well established in North America for thousands of years. The nomadic ancestors, scientists believe, that modern day Native Americans migrated over a “land bridge” from Asia into what is now Alaska (Native American History, 2014). It is believed that when Christopher Columbus arrived, there were about 50 million Indians already living in North America and ...view middle of the document...
As described in the book, American Holocaust by David Stannard (1992), “The troops went wild, stealing, killing, raping, and torturing natives, trying to force them to divulge the whereabouts of the imagined treasure-houses of gold,”. He explains how the Indians endured the abuse after the arrival of the Spanish troops and Columbus. From the beginning, the Native American was the true definition genocide, “In March of 1495 he massed together several hundred armored troops, cavalry, and a score or more of trained attack dogs. They set forth across the countryside, tearing into assembled masses of sick and unarmed native people, slaughtering them by the thousands,” Stannard (1992).
This type of torture and killings went on for many more years up until the twentieth century. As Stannard (1992) stated “During the course of four centuries - from the 1490s to the 1890s - Europeans and white Americans engaged in an unbroken string of genocide campaigns against the native peoples of the Americas”. Many people in the United States throughout history have disliked the American Indian, not understanding the abuse they endured throughout time. This was also the result of the government expanding the territories and consuming the Indians lands. Socially, the Native American has been discriminated against since the beginning and was often viewed as bad, mainly because the “white” man did not understand their cultures. Even with all the abuse and discrimination for hundreds of years, the Native American has still been able practice their beliefs and culture. “Many Native Americans continue to take pride in their ancestral traditions, still practicing the music, art, and ceremonies that took place many years ago.” Indians, Native Americans (2014).
Throughout the American history, the Native American has been the victim of legislation to restrict them of their rights as well as their land. As Andrew Boxer describes in an article he wrote for History Today (2009), “During the course of the nineteenth century they had been deprived of much of their land by forced removal westwards, by a succession of treaties (which were often not honoured by the white authorities) and by military defeat by the USA as it expanded its control over the American West”. Although the Native Americans were given some land for...