Well it is that time of year again. The time when “progressives” nation wide start sharing memes about Europeans being “Illegal Aliens” and Native Americans were kind enough to let us into “their” country…
We see this all the time from the ignorant fools, but more so around Thanksgiving. They fail to realize that, if anything, their arguments promote stricter immigration polices, not laxer.
What we see here is a prime example of what is called “presentism” . Presentism is when historical accounts are judged by the standards of the present. Most scholars will agree that it is a rather ignorant way to look at the past.
It would be improper to claim that George Washington was an evil man because he owned slaves simply because during his life, the majority opinion was that owning slaves was not evil. As a better example, let’s say that in 100 years, we discover that plants have advanced consciousness. It would be ignorant for people of that time to say that everyone alive today is evil for eating plants, because in todays standards, eating plants is not only acceptable, but encouraged.
So let’s instead look at what was acceptable, and encouraged during the time of colonial America. Throughout much of history (including the 1600’s) it was normal for a conquering army to claim the lands of their defeated foe. This is a practice that goes back into antiquity with the Persian, Greeks Romans, Egyptian, Israelis, Chinese and many other cultures taking part.
Taking land by conquest was also a part of Native American culture. Creek Indians conquered land from Choctaws and Chickasaws and the Creeks. Comanches came in and took the land from the Apaches by war, Aztecs, Incas and Mayans all grew their empires by conquering lands from other tribes. The Tainos and Canib tribes fought over land. When Spain Defeated the Aztec empire, the did so with an army of 1,000 Spanish soldiers and 75,000 soldiers from the Tlaxcallans, Choulatecs and Totonac tribes..
The practice of claiming the land of conquered enemies extended well past the colonization of America. It wasn’t until the conclusion of World War II in 1945 that western culture shunned the practice (and even then, the Soviet Union claimed Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, and many other territories as part of their victory spoils).
To claim “white Europeans” “stole” America from the native tribes is to force the cultural norms of the past 50 years (that white Europeans created) on events that happened hundreds of years earlier. That is just ignorant.
Another problem I have with the “White people stole America from the Natives” mentality is that it is insulting to Native Americans. It portrays them as ignorant fools easily duped by the evil white man. When, in fact, the brave Native American tribes fought hard, vicious battles to preserve their lands. The United States Census Bureau in 1894 counted over 40 wars involving “white” Americans and Native Americans between the years 1789 and 1846, which killed 19,000 whites and about 30,000 Indians. During these wars Native Americans committed atrocities against the white settlers. Slaughtering whole towns, raping, scalping, and murdering children were regular acts. During the Pontiacs War in 1764, 4 Delaware Indian Warriors entered a settlers log schoolhouse. There, they killed and scalped the teacher, and nine children. Two children were scalped, but survived their injuries, and 4 other children were taken prisoners. This is the first school massacre on record in America (and it happened before America was even a nation).
As you can see, to claim that Native Americans were peace loving nomads that were fooled by the white people is just plain ignorant.
If there is one thing we can learn from the Native Americans loss of land to white settlers, it is that we need to have tighter control over our immigration policies. The Native Americans believed that the first European settlers were just refugees trying to escape persecution in their homeland. They thought the American continent was large enough and the resources plentiful enough that they could share it with a few of these foreigners. But soon, these few turned into many, and the many demanded more. Soon the demands turned into violent conflicts, and the Native Americans were trapped in warfare with the new “immigrants”. The colonists eventually conquered the Native Americans and claimed the land as spoils of war.
History repeats itself, and if we are not wary these new waves of undocumented immigrants, and refugees will soon be waging war on us.
Immigration is a good thing. The melting pot of America thrives on the assimilation of different cultures. But it is necessary for these immigrants to be documented. We deserve to know that the people we invite into our nation are not criminals, rapists, and child molesters. We invite all hard working, law abiding, good people to join our grand experiment, and we demand our government do background checks to make sure that is what you are.
To claim the European settlers stole America from the Native Americans is bigoted against the Native Americans, and an ignorant foolish thing to say.