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Ted180 Post time: 2018-11-15 01:52
The brutal subjugation of aboriginal people was an inevitable occurrence. This happened every time a ...
Brutal subjugation is not an acceptable way for an 'advanced' culture to consider in showing off its superiority.
As I see it, aggressive and hegemonic use of force is completely a matter of individual choice.
For example, in the state of California, the state legislature decided not to allocate reservation lands for the Native Americans (Indians) but instead chose to exterminate them physically to avoid future headaches.
Under Spanish rule, the population of Californian Indians had dwindled from 300,000 in 1769 to 150,000 in 1848 when the Americans took over. In January 1848, a Californian newspaper called "Star" carried an editorial arguing that Indians were inferior non-Christian savages and opined that the latter needed to be treated like animals.
California's Legislative Ordinance spelt out the limited ‘rights’ of local Indians -- including that Indians couldn't testify in courts against whites. So if an Indian got robbed or raped he/she or other witnesses couldn't testify against whites in court, not to mention the fact that the Indians could be killed at random without cause.
The so-called 'Indian Code' was supposedly written to 'protect' Californian Indians, but as in most promises or contracts made by white America with the natives, it turned into a hollow piece of paper which in reality suppressed the Indians even further.
Not only were the Indians rented like properties to whites as indentured laborers, no one was permitted to make higher bids once labor contract was signed between the two parties because in practice the contracts were always unilaterally renewed against the wishes of the natives. That means under the guise of protecting work and businesses for the white businessmen, the government could find an individual bidder guilty for his 'crime' of bidding higher for a native's work.
In 1850 California passed an Act for 'governing and protecting' Indians, in which the infamous "Apprentice Program" was initiated. They yanked native children away from their parents so that they could be in control of their lives from a young age and paid them a pittance for their work (later they simply sent them to Boarding Schools to study English and the kids weren't even allowed to use their own native languages).
When white businessmen couldn't get enough of them using legal contracts, they simply pillaged Indian villages and kidnapped the surviving children as 'apprentices.'
In one of these documented cases, a white man was charged with kidnapping native children, to which he simply replied to the court, "I didn't kidnap them. Their parents were dead." When the court asked him how he knew that, he simply grimaced and said, "I killed them myself."
That's how the Native American population in California dwindled from 150,000 in 1848 to 120,000 in 1870. The only Native Americans you see today in California are the pitifully few remnants you see from such willful, state-sponsored genocide using the excuse of justifiable Christianity-originated ethnic cleansing.