Unfair condemnation of America’s history

For over 30 years, the US has been unfairly condemned in most US history textbooks in high schools, colleges and in the media. History books are very selective about which countries and cultures are condemned and which ones are not. 

America haters focus on America’s shortcomings - and exaggerate those shortcomings. Using the past to condemn the present is not logical. Should Germans and Japanese of today be condemned for the evil they unleashed on the world over 70 years ago in World War Two? No country in history has had a more positive impact on the world then the US - but this is deliberately ignored. 

Let’s examine the two most common areas where America’s been condemned:

1) Conquest of the Native Americans.

2) Slavery.

Slavery

 
 
 

Only America has been condemned for doing what most countries did for over 4,000 years - conquer some one else’s territory. Most countries in the world occupy territory that originally belonged to someone else. Only in the 20th century, with boundaries well established, did wars of conquest become unacceptable.

Indians were not superior human beings - nor were they pacifist. Indian tribes went to war with other Indian tribes and often ran them off their land and sometimes exterminated them. The Iroquois League was formed from five tribes about 1450 AD to end chronic Indian warfare - long before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620. 

Although nobody really knows for sure, it is estimated that the Indian population was 5 million for the continental US, 2 million for Canada and 65 million Indians for Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Because most of the land in what became the US was sparsely populated, there was plenty of unused land. 

The land that became the US was populated by hundreds of Indian Tribes with no established border. Some Indian Tribes were nomads who moved around. Most white settlers went out of their way to avoid confrontations with the Indians, establishing homesteads and towns a distance from Indian encampments.

Even so, Indians often attacked settlers because they were in their area. Women and children were killed by Indians as quickly as the men and sometimes tortured to death. As a result, a mind set of fear and vengeance developed among settlers. The goal of settlers often was to get rid of the Indians in a particular area no matter how it had to be done. It was massacre for massacre.

While many actions against the Indians can never be morally justified, there were many military actions taken against the Indians that WAS justifiable. Pioneers had a moral right to defend themselves and their homes. Killing Indians only became an unforgivable crime when the white man did to the Indians what the Indians did to each other. 

Some people believe the Indians had the right to kill anyone who settled in North America. Using this logic, we would have the right to kill all illegal aliens who enter the US. Using this same logic, INDIAN tribes who attacked other Indian tribes would be under the same death sentence. The Spanish conquistadors would be under this same death sentence.

America’s ancestors are being singled out for condemnation while others - mainly the Spanish - are ignored. The Spanish conquistadors were responsible for the deaths of literally MILLIONS more Indians in the New World then the other Europeans who conquered what became the US. 

The U.S. does not have a good record with treaties signed with the Indians but there are factors involved almost nobody recognizes. The biggest reason for broken treaties with the Indians was because the U.S. was such a wonderful country that MILLIONS of immigrants came to the United States and they needed somewhere to go. NOTHING was going to stop them from establishing their new life in the New World. Failure was NOT an option. The Indians were pushed out of the way. 

Spain/Mexico never had to deal with millions of immigrants because almost no one wanted to immigrate to Spanish countries like Mexico because they were so dysfunctional. If millions of immigrants HAD gone to Mexico, they would have done what the earlier Spaniards did - taken whatever land they wanted from the Indians. If the U.S. would have had minimal immigration like Mexico, treaties with the Indians would not have been violated.

Some people want to place everlasting guilt on the Spanish and other Europeans for the diseases they brought to the New World - as if they had a choice. Smallpox, Malaria, the flu and bubonic plague all originated in either Africa or Asia. The Europeans were victims of these diseases in the past just like the Indians. If someone must be blamed, blame Africans or Asians. If Asians or Africans had been the first people to explore the New World, they would have brought the same diseases with them. 

Syphilis was a Native American disease brought back to Europe by Columbus and Martin Alonso Pinzon. Syphilis was first reported in Europe in 1495 and raged in Europe and Colonial America until the advent of antibiotics.

Some people claim ‘white Americans’ or ‘Anglos’ were illegal aliens 300 years ago and WE should be deported. This is a flawed argument for many reasons: 

 
 
 
 

a) You can’t undo what happened 300 years ago. If what happened 300 years ago needs to be “fixed”, we need to go all around the world and kick lots of people out of lots of countries who didn’t live there 300 years ago. Oh, and who would enforce this forced relocation? 

b) There is no rule on how long someone has to live in a place before they become a ‘native.’ Many whites have been here for over 100 years and many over 200 years. That’s long enough to be a native. 

c) Most immigrants arrived in America after the Indian Wars ended and had nothing to do with it.

d) If all non-Indians leave, the Indians should have to pay for all the upgrades - homes, highways, etc. There is a big cost difference between a teepee and a modern home. 

e) All of white America’s inventions would go. The Indians would have to live the way they did before the white man arrived - in teepees and only bow and arrows to hunt for food. No horses (they were imported from Europe), no firearms to hunt with, no screens to keep bugs out of your teepee, no air conditioning, cars or hospitals.

f) What about Americans who are part Indian? Can they stay? 

g) If Whites leave, Spanish, Blacks and Asians would also have to leave. If all non-Indians left America, America would be depopulated, the world economy would collapse and lots of people in Africa would starve to death. The US military would disappear, Russia would rule the world and occupy what used to be the USA and take all the land from the Indians. 

 
 
 

Slavery

 

Slavery was not an American invention. Slavery was common all over the world in the past. Virtually every civilizations since recorded history began had slaves. Africans, American Indians, Muslims and a host of other cultures openly traded and owned slaves. 

Slavery has a long history in Africa, where slaves were eagerly sought to perform many tasks such as farming, domestic duties, army duties and even bearing children for their owners. Most slaves were captured soldiers from neighboring tribes.  Orphans, criminals and social outcasts were also sold into slavery.   

After Europeans made contact with African kings, a whole new market developed abroad.  Many African kings grew rich selling people from other tribes into slavery abroad. Some blacks who came to the US had been slaves in Africa. They just traded owners. 

Although America INHERITED slavery from the British, America and Britain led the way in condemning slavery - Christians convincing fellow Americans it was morally wrong.  

There never was an anti-slavery movement until white Christians - Englishmen and Americans - created one. The Founding Fathers set in motion social action by Christians who made slavery morally reprehensible in all of America and around the world. The critical importance of our founding document is that it gave a moral legal basis to the eventual eradication of slavery, not only in America but around the world. 

Supporters of slavery used an economic argument to advance slavery - no one knew how farming could survive economically without slavery. Abolitionists used a moral argument - slavery is morally wrong and freed slaves should be paid for their labor like anyone else. 

Many of today’s civil rights activists dismiss any Presidents or Founders of America if they owned slaves - as if nothing they said or did was of any value. This is perverted logic. To condemn the Founding Fathers for having tolerated a society that allowed slavery was to expect far more from them then they were able to attain at that time period. 

The Founding Fathers acknowledged that slavery violated the core principles of the American Revolution - not one of them ever publicly praised it. But their highest priority was unity among the colonies, which prevented them from making a bold move against slavery. If the south didn’t join in the revolution against the British, there was little hope of winning the war. The slavery issue was pushed back for another generation to deal with.

If you want to compare the Founding Fathers with Jesse Jackson, Sharpton, etc., consider John Adams entered Harvard at sixteen. He was able to speak Greek, Hebrew and French. ALL of the Founding Fathers were highly intelligent, well read, well educated and were true visionaries - unlike today’s black civil rights leaders.

The Founding Fathers made successful efforts to contain slavery throughout the United States and its territories, including banning slavery in the Northwest Territory in 1787. Congress abolished the importation of slaves into the US in 1807. Great Britain also banned the African slave trade in 1807. 

Slavery was a pervasive reality of life in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 90% of the approximately 10 million enslaved Africans brought to the New World were taken to Latin America and the Caribbean. The trade of African slaves to Brazil and Cuba continued until the 1860s. 

 
 
 

Reparations to blacks 

Since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, many blacks and others have argued that black Americans should be compensated for slavery and its Jim Crow aftermath.

Reparation opponents insist that no living American should have to pay for a practice that ended generations ago. If trillion dollar restitutions and a wholesale rewriting of American law (in order to accommodate racial preferences) for African Americans is not enough to achieve a “healing” or satisfy the demand for reparations, what will? More money will not change attitudes or the desire for victimhood.

Only a tiny minority of white Americans ever owned slaves and this is true even for those who lived in the antebellum South where only one white in five was a slave holder.  Why should THEIR descendants owe a debt? What about the descendants of the 350,000 Union soldiers who died to free the slaves?  They gave their lives.  What possible moral principle would ask them to pay (through their descendants) again.

The two great waves of American immigration occurred after 1880 and then after 1960.  What rationale would require Americans who immigrated after the Civil War to pay reparations to American blacks? Thousands of blacks are immigrating to America from Africa. Should they pay reparations?

The claim for reparations is premised on the false assumption that only whites have benefited from slavery. If slave labor created wealth for Americans, then obviously it has created wealth for black Americans as well, including the descendants of slaves. 

Black activists have made wild claims for reparations. One claim is America owes black $6.4 TRILLION. Another claim is for $14 TRILLION. These numbers are obviously fraudulent.

Many believe that reparations have already been paid to blacks in the form of quotas, welfare and monetary programs aimed at blacks. We also should deduct property destroyed by blacks during city wide rioting, black crime, prison costs, cost of extra police in black neighborhoods and the black on white crime rate. So it can be argued that blacks have already received reparations. Blacks now owe America reparations.

 
 
 
Sources:
https://www.theroot.com/how-many-slaves-landed-in-the-us-1790873989
https://atlantablackstar.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Reparations-3.jpg
https://www.newsweek.com/slavery-reparations-could-cost-14-trillion-according-new-calculation-364141
 
 

Feb 2019