In this country, everywhere you turn someone wants something from those whose ancestors shaped the America we live in today.
The terms used are Reparations and Compensation.
To decendants of Buffalo Balls amd Giggling Squirrel let me state that I KNOW the White Man was a big meany to the Native American Nations since Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue.
You want Reparations? Get in line.
Oh, and rumor has it that I've a Cherokee for an ancestor on my Mothers side, but with "Indian Princess" also being a term for a female Negro slave the jury is still out on this genealogical question, so there! ;-D
My point is that many Whites considered the Red Skin disorganized heathen worthy only of conversion and civilizing and if not that then displacement and annihilation.
There was, according to their way of thinking, ample justification for what they did.
Manifest Destiny, overcrowding, they ain't using the land for anything anyway, and all of that. When Horace Greeley urged everyone to "go west" he wasn't encouraging folks to move to the coast of Maine.
This got me to thinking...
My brain thus cranked into operation I did some further Google searches...
VERY INTERESTING to say the least.
Mixed in amongst the most popular sites for this subject, all related to African-American Reparations, was this amusing discovery:
Actually this is NOT amusing. More like scary as hell. To read the comments of many of the thousands of signers of this feeble attempt to get Congress to make ammends for the effects on the South of the Civil War is to take a journey into the dark heart of the still alive and kicking white racist community.
There WAS one thing that puzzled me however: What the heck were the names of JESSE JACKSON and AL SHARPTON doing amongst these worthys? ;-D
Yes, I know Japanese Americans were compensated for WW2 Internment.
My question regarding the whole idea is: Who next?
The decendants of the Mayflower appear to have a grievance against those nations who persecuted them into leaving for the New World.
All decendants of those pressed into service against their will by the British Navy would seem to have a grievance.
Anyone whose ancestor was a TORY during the Revolution and was killed, or was forced off their land and even forced to leave for Canada or England would seem to have a grievance.
Anyone whose ancestor can be proven to have been a part of the child labor practices in America, England, and Europe would seem to have a grievance against a company if it still exists (Company decendants included.).
And, of course, anyone whose ancestor can be proven to have been captured by an Indian tribe and spent the rest, or some part, of their lives in this environment would seem to have a grievance against the tribe.
Come to think of it folks like me, who had an ancestor (my Father) come to America and for whatever reason, except choice, had their names changed and other information wrongly written down by some bored and inattentive Government flunky upon going thru Ellis Island and other places along the immigration trail would seem to have a grievance.
You see where I'm going with this? ;-D
Anyone else out there with their own suggestions?