A Peek at the Looking Glass

analytical Essay
798 words
798 words

Anglo Saxon Europeans came across the Atlantic Ocean in search of sanctuary from total authoritarianism. They sought freedom to live life, as they wanted, free from slavery, freedom of religion, and freedom from taxation on all of their hard-earned property. Somewhere in their being, knowledge burned with a certain sense of their equality to all other men and they yearned for this equality. They had knowledge of the "New World" across the ocean where they could attain this freedom. This New World was a symbol of freedom and the Europeans had plenty of hopes and dreams to achieve; however, there was a slight problem with the New World. This New World was not new, but rather an old world with a well-established people possessing their own ideology on politics, religion, and culture. This trip across the sea was ill fated from the beginning because there would soon be a clash of cultures with one declared victor and one put nearly into extinction. One of the tools used by the Europeans in pursuit of their freedom was a religious discrimination against the Native Americans. The god of their bible had no room for people whose melanin has shades of red or black. This short essay will focus on one particular Native American, William Apess, who fought against the discrimination his people experienced by exposing the hypocrisy of the white Europeans who called themselves Christians. Apess fought for civil rights before his time. This essay will examine how he exposed the hypocrisy of these so-called Christians by providing not only biblical proof, but also exposing them to examples of their hate by giving them a glimpse in the mirror, a chance to reflect upon their actions, and how in pursuit of their own freedom they trampled the Native A... ... middle of paper ... ...unto reservations to live in impoverishment simply because they thought very highly of themselves, deserving of every good thing. If this was not enough to prove the hypocrisies' Apess asks one more very potent question, echoing the already blatant example of Christian hypocrisy given. He asks if the Indians are guilty of robbing a nation of their whole continent, murdering their women and children, and then disinheriting the few that remained of their "lawful rights, that nature and God require them to have?" (Calloway, 2012, p. 319). Works Cited Calloway, C. G. (2012). First peoples A documentary survey of American Indian history (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s. Houdmann, S. M. (n.d.). What does the Bible say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination [Entire issue]. Got Retrieved from

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how william apess exposed the hypocrisy of the white europeans who called themselves christians by exposing them to examples of their hate.
  • Analyzes how apess' essay, "an indians looking glass for the white man," shows that claiming christianity and yet showing bias and distinguishing between races is not biblical.
  • Analyzes how apess invites his fellow men to look deeper into the situation many indians found themselves in.
  • Analyzes how the invitation offered by apess is a glimpse into the looking glass, which reflects upon the europeans and their hypocrisy.
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