I do not mean to make light of the latest insanity on US soil. I speak, of course, of the Orlando nightclub massacre.
But the meme is spreading. First the Associated Press called it the worst in US history and now everyone is calling it that.
Um. Not true. I hate it when something gets repeated without question.
A very quick search yielded 50 different massacres of Native Americans by white people, some of whom were employed by the US Army.
California has a bloody history. In 1853, some 450 Tolowa were killed in the Yontoket or Burnt Ranch massacre. In 1854, more than 65 people were killed in the Achulet massacre.
Wiki has them listed alphabetically. I mean, that’s some serious killing, when it’s got to be sorted somehow.
Sand Creek (1864, men, women, children were killed….we didn’t bother with an accurate count but maybe 70 to 160 human beings were killed).
Wounded Knee (1890, more than 150 human beings….men, women, children, were killed).
What’s that saying again? Something like, those who don’t know history are most likely to repeat it?
The soil in the United States is soaked in blood. Directly, with the massacres of human beings, and indirectly, with the massacres of the bison that fed those human beings.
It’s in our DNA. Our bloody hatred of anyone different, anyone standing in the way of “progress”, anyone who disputes our manifest destiny…..we simply kill them or allow them to be killed or enslaved. Nowadays we round them up and put them away somewhere……reservations or black sites or Guantanamo. Germany and Israel have studied our playbook. Makes me so proud!
This is the United States. It began with greed and blood and it will end the same way. We were founded on violence. It should be no surprise that we’ve become addicted to it.
This blood, like so many others, is on the hands of our do-nothing “representatives” in Congress.
Maybe someday, someone will open fire in those hallowed halls.