Freedom Ain't Free

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Two hundred and twenty seven years ago a group of people traveled overseas in hope of finding independence from British. These people or as they called themselves Pilgrims, were in search for a place where freedom was at a high and every man could freely have his own voice. As where these pilgrims had effectively accomplished their goals, it is apparent that these goals were accomplished by the pilgrims building their homes with the bones of the Native people and painting the walls with the blood of African Americans. As Oscar Wilde once said: “America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between (Wilde).” Therefore, considering the inhumane and unfair treatment that has been inflicted onto ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities on both American soil and overseas, it is ignorant and even crazy to claim that The United States of America is one of the International Leaders of Human rights. It is almost common knowledge for any American citizen to be aware of what happen to the indigenous people of North America, but often do the masses turn a blind eye to exactly what the Native Americans were forced to endure. Around the fifteenth century the European settlers landed on the continent of North America, and were met with a diverse group of Native Americans. The Europeans settlers then started to oppress the Natives by stripping them of their culture, and committing genocide against their people (Glauner). Some of the modern day Native Americans still rightfully feel a strong resentment towards people of European ancestry, along with the American Government/The United States as a whole. An example of this resentment was showcased in 1927 at the Grand Council of American Indians, when o... ... middle of paper ... ... Blog RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. . United States. National Park Service. "The Slave Trade." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. . Wilde, Oscar. "Oscar Wilde quote." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. . "Wisdom of the Elders." Republic of Laktah. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. . Woodward, Bob. "Guantanamo Detainee Was Tortured, Says Official Overseeing Military Trials." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2009. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. .
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