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NYT: Remember the Sand Creek Massacre

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Ned Blackhawk, New York Times, November 27, 2014: Remember the Sand Creek Massacre

    Today, November 29th, marks the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, which occurred in my home state of Colorado on November 29, 1864. Very few Americans know about this massacre as the media has ignored it. But we should know about it think and reflect as contemplate our involvement in world events today. Read the above opinion article in the New York Times. It speaks for itself. We must not forget.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    A topic like this is not likely to garner much interest from those that believe in American exceptionalism, apple pie and all that feel good stuff about how Americans are making the world safe for democracy. So for those that passed over the link above, here's an extract from Blackhawk's article:

    "On Nov. 29, 1864, as Union armies fought through Virginia and Georgia, Col. John Chivington led some 700 cavalry troops in an unprovoked attack on peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers at Sand Creek in Colorado. They murdered nearly 200 women, children and older men.

    "In terms of sheer horror, few events matched Sand Creek. Pregnant women were murdered and scalped, genitalia were paraded as trophies, and scores of wanton acts of violence characterize the accounts of the few Army officers who dared to report them."


    As Blackhawk points out, the Sand Creek Massacre and other atrocities at the time could be labeled today as "ethnic cleansing: an attempted eradication and dispossession of an entire indigenous population." The roots of the violence were the "lust for power by civilian and military leaders desperate to obtain glory and wartime recognition." And indeed the perpetrators of these acts now have cities, mountains and forts named after them...much like Christopher Columbus is heralded with an American holiday despite his documented acts against the indigenous people at an earlier time.

    As our military embarks on incursions around the world, I wonder how many indigenous stories will eventually emerge in the historical narrative that will sound a lot like Sand Creek. As a Colorado resident, I made this post for those that live in an alternative world that romanticizes Custer's heroic last stand at the battle at the Little Bighorn in Montana or Davy Crockett and his heroic fight at the Alamo to save Texas. Events like Sand Creek or the Long Walk somehow get lost in that version of our history.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: A topic like this is not likely to garner much interest from those that believe in American exceptionalism, apple pie and all that feel good stuff about how Americans are making the world safe for democracy. So for those that passed over the link above, here's an extract from Blackhawk's article:
    I agree that so many people willfully and deliberately write off our history and want to convince themselves that America always has been this God fearing country who always has and always will be perfect. Unfortunately, our history is riddled with stories like the Sand Creek Massacre.

    It is difficult for many Americans to come to terms with our past, so we tend to rewrite our history in a way that makes us feel all warm inside. Anyone who questions that warm and fuzzy rewriting is called anti-American or worse. It is actually quite sad how willfully ignorant so many in this country are when it comes to discussing how our country really came about.

    The actions of our ancestors were horrendous, to say the least. These actions often directly contradicted the stated ideals of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. The Sand Creek Massacre was one of many such massacres of a people who our forefathers terrorized for centuries. These are things we need to teach our children so they don't continue to have a warped vision of our history. The only way we will learn from tragedies like the Sand Creek Massacre is by being honest with ourselves and admitting our mistakes.
  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote: A topic like this is not likely to garner much interest from those that believe in American exceptionalism, apple pie and all that feel good stuff about how Americans are making the world safe for democracy. So for those that passed over the link above, here's an extract from Blackhawk's article:
    I agree that so many people willfully and deliberately write off our history and want to convince themselves that America always has been this God fearing country who always has and always will be perfect. Unfortunately, our history is riddled with stories like the Sand Creek Massacre.

    It is difficult for many Americans to come to terms with our past, so we tend to rewrite our history in a way that makes us feel all warm inside. Anyone who questions that warm and fuzzy rewriting is called anti-American or worse. It is actually quite sad how willfully ignorant so many in this country are when it comes to discussing how our country really came about.

    The actions of our ancestors were horrendous, to say the least. These actions often directly contradicted the stated ideals of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. The Sand Creek Massacre was one of many such massacres of a people who our forefathers terrorized for centuries. These are things we need to teach our children so they don't continue to have a warped vision of our history. The only way we will learn from tragedies like the Sand Creek Massacre is by being honest with ourselves and admitting our mistakes.
    Schmidt & Jared; indeed the Pentagon/CIA plays the same role nowadays; no news to be published about how many innocent people they kill all over the world either with drones or other means; this is all shoved under the carpet. But I'm convinced that one day the US will be revenged.
  • Liberal
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    That's what happens when "God blesses the USA"

    The typical American only knows the sanitized, whitewashed version of our history - and that's all they care to know!
  • Independent
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    pgr Wrote: That's what happens when "God blesses the USA"

    The typical American only knows the sanitized, whitewashed version of our history - and that's all they care to know!
    Yes; as long as the turkey gets on the table; then who cares. Let's go to the mall and buy an 80" flat screen!! We are the "selected" nation by whatever "god" to be blessed, so don't worry; just burp!!!