American Genocide: Forgiven Or Just Forgotten?

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3-29-11 Stephon Okello ENG 132 H1 Spring 11’ American Genocide: Forgiven or Just Forgotten? “The history of the United States, after it gained its independence from Britain in 1776, is a history of white settlers displacing Indians from their own territory. By orders issued to the army in 1799, white squatters were to be granted ‘all the humanity which the circumstances will possibly permit’. If Indian and white interests conflicted, the Indian was sacrificed” The quote stated above is a reference to the American genocide that plagued the United States during the late 1700’s. Interestingly enough, Americans generally fail to associate the United States as a country that has been victimized by genocide. This could be because the public overlooks the incident as a mere war. Even though I state that the altercation between the European colonists and the Native Americans was just as tragic as the Holocaust, I have no intentions of comparing the genocides or give…show more content…
If we don’t begin to draw solutions to the matter it could possibly arise again within our own country. I will take this moment to present a quote for a respondent Jose Hobday in the book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. “For some, forgiveness is weakness and may actually be a condoning of the evil done. I do not agree. In the air is also the question, ‘Does Karl even have the right to ask forgiveness?’That is beside the point, because he does ask. Mr. Wiesenthal tells us that he stays with the dying man, listens to his story, but does not want to give comfort to him. Mr. Wiesenthal leaves in silence, a silence that will have a different meaning for each man.” He further continues to speak on his personal experiences with discrimination as a Native
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