Who and What Are Americans?
A Summary of Pre-Columbian History
In order to answer the question in the title of this article, we have to start with the time before explorers like Columbus came to the new world. Before Columbus discovered the new world, there were indigenous peoples living in what we now call North and South America. In South America, these people included the Maya, Incas, Aztecs. North America included all the Indian tribes of America and the Alaskan people and Canadian people, including the Inuit, Yupik and many others.
After Columbus, The Conquistadors (The Conquers) came to the new world. While Columbus was concerned about exploring the new world, the Spanish conquistadores were concerned about gold and conquering the indigenous people of the new world. By interbreeding with the indigenous people, they created what are now the modern-day people of South America and the Mexicans of North America.
Next came the European Colonizers, they included the English, French Portuguese, Spanish, and many others. They conquered the North American Indians and made refugees out of them by placing them in reservations all in the name of “Manifest Destiny.” This was the hue and cry for the westward expansion of the settlers from all the European countries and even some Asian countries.
The Civil War
America then had a civil war where the South were the Confederates and the North were the Union. It was all fought about slavery of Africans that were brought to the Americas as free labor. After the North won the civil war and the slaves were freed by the Emancipation of Proclamation, there was still hard feelings by many of the people in the south against the Africans. During the time of the slaves there was interbreeding of slaves and their plantation owners and other non-Africans.
The 1800's Until Now
Starting in the late 1800’s there was a vast influx of immigrants from all walks of life and cultures into America. This process of immigration and naturalization continues today. All though Trump is trying to curtail it with a wall and a ban on certain groups that he deems as terrorists and others who are ruining our country and economy.
Who are the Immigrants?
My point of all of this is how can we think of ourselves as Americans, when the indigenous people of the Americas are the true Americans? The rest of us our immigrants in their country. How can people say they want their country back, when it was never their country to begin with?
When the Europeans came here and conquered and settled in this country, they had a rich heritage that could be traced back many centuries to conquering tribes and nations in Europe. However, they had no heritage in the Americas. We are all immigrants except for the indigenous people of this land and we have no heritage here.
Racism and Prejudice
When any group of people or individual, devalues the worth of others, it can justify anything from slavery to killing of others and destroying nations. People are not born as racists or with prejudice. They have to be taught.
How can the white supremacist justify wanting their country back, when they and their people never owned this country? The white supremacist and neo NAZI’s are a lowly sub-set of the human race which is far superior to their culture and attitude.
The people and the causes they represent lost the civil war and world war II. They call the people who didn’t vote for Trump poor losers, but they have been the real poor losers for generations. They live in the states that have the most electoral college votes. My concern is that Trump will get re-elected for a second term because he and his campaign people know how to play to these miss-guided people.
Trump uses the same tactics that the white supremacist use. But he calls it “Counter-punching.” When opposed by others, he devalues their self-worth, usually in public, so that he makes himself superior to those who oppose him. That’s what he did in this press conference by not answering the questions presented to him, but by calling the reporters the fake news and bad people, and insulting them. He said McCain is the reason why the repeal of Obama Care failed while praising himself about all the jobs he is taking credit for that he did not create.
Do you think Confederate symbolism has a place in the United States of America?
Do you think Neo-NAZI and KKK Symbolism should be made illegal?
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