Don’t get me wrong, I love people. I don’t care if they are pink polka dot or a lovely shade of purple. I am a short, heavy-set lily-white woman who over the years has been ashamed of our history in dealing with other races. I use to wonder who had it worse, the Native American Indian, who had their land ripped away, so us white folks could take over out of greed, or some other reason someone thought up. It could have been the African-American, who was ripped away from their home in Africa, tossed on a ship, and brought to a foreign land to work as slaves for us white folks. The fair skin folks of the past, and still some remain today, feel they are superior to anyone that has another skin color.
During the “Age of Manifest Destiny” from about 1812 to 1860 people believed that “whites” had a notion that the whole North American Continent would speak the same language, and English-speaking people had a natural superiority. Politics was working overtime even back during John Quincy Adams time. He wrote his father the father the following words: “The whole continent of North America appears to be destined by Divine Providence to be peopled by one nation, speaking one language, professing one general system of religious and political principles, and accustomed to one general tenor of social usages and customs. For the common happiness of them all, for their peace and prosperity, I believe it is indispensable that they should be associated in one federal Union” This sentiment was called Continentalism. (Wekipedia.com) Did that belief go a rye? We are a melting pot of many different nationalities, try to make it in this world.
I am sure this is one of the reason’s the American Indian was pushed aside, and the effort was made to change everything in there world. I am sure there were other reasons presented by a lot of very brilliant people.
As far as slavery goes, it was founded on greed, and was wrong from start to finish. The perceived superiority was showing through again. I find it astonishing that God-fearing people of this nation didn’t decide this was a problem long before the Civil War did away with the concept of slavery. I am sure some people did have a problem with it but the power could not see it.
I am sitting in my house in Texas, on land that once belonged to Mexico. Do I want to give it back? No I don’t. History has taken place or it wouldn’t be history. I have to accept the fact that as a people we made many, many mistakes. Some with good intentions and some with bad. It doesn’t seem to me, we have changed as much as we need to. I can still see, and hear pushing and shoving to get what we want. I am not a highly educated woman in history or politics, but if we do not take care of the people, no matter what their race, what good are we doing? That is my two cents for today.