They were sometimes considered barbarians because of their different lifestyle. European settled discussed in primary sources how their rituals and traditions were "horrible and abominable, and deserving punishment.” For example, Native Americans sacrifice souls to their idols as a ritual. Europeans did not think this was good behavi... ... middle of paper ... ...wn ever received a like sentence. The court made these rulings simply because of the color of their skins, which to them reduced African-Americans to a status lower than any white person. It is evident that the Native Americans were unfairly removed from their homeland because the Europeans settlers saw them as savages not worthy to live among them.
"(113) In "A Different World" as depicted by D'Arcy McNickle, Archilde loses his freedom of native life and has now followed the rules of a White man's way of life to survive. These authors have portrayed in their fictions how assimilations have changed the way of a native's life into a White's. Assimilations have separated today's Native Americans from their tribal cultures and traditions, learning a lifestyle that has stolen them off their freedom, customs, backgrounds and leaving them an outcast of their society. Back to the American history, "assimilation" policy was introduced to the Native Americans during the earliest colonial times. During that time, all American Indians must either adopt the White's lifestyles or perish.
Considering how committed to the land the Native Americans were, this injustice must have been especially bitter. Other manifestations seen among White- Black racism include segregation and slavery, neither of which is seen among the Indians. Instead, Americans tried repeated formal attempts to assimilate the Native Americans including the Allotment Act, Indian Reorganization Act, Employment Assistance Program, Termination Act, missionaries and the BIA reservation schools (Schaefer,171). Racism was evident in the policies enacted forcing Native American children to attend residential schools. American’s theorized they could separate them from their parents and “kill the Indian… to save the man” (Johansen).
This has given them typical thoughts about their history that allow them to connect within their groups/tribes. This conjointly shows the inhumanity of individuals, particularly the European settlers. They are therefore believe they have the rights to take another man’s property/and or land and kick them out so they can gain what the other person has. It makes one trust the final lack of kindness, generosity, and human sympathy within the world.
Black children were separated from whites from the beginning, thus making the blacks hate whites, as they grew older. Whites did not want blacks to feel in any way equal to them. And from the book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, I can better understand this issue.
Seattle says that the Indians, who once controlled the land, will soon die out, but he warns that whites will suffer the same outcome, unless they can learn to respect the earth. Witnessing the actions of white people, Chief Seattle does not understand what they expect from the future. He ironically notes that the Indians’ barbarity prevents them from understanding the whites’ ways. In the letter, Chief Seattle referred to himself, who is an Indian man, as “a savage”, while referring to President Pierce simply as a “white man.” Throughout the letter, Seattle stands up against President Pierce’s exploitation in which President Pierce “is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs” (299). In the letter Chief Seattle continues to show his anger and his frustration towards the “white man.” Analysis: The earth has been around for thousands of... ... middle of paper ... ...Seattle uses emotional appeal to reach his audience.
When the Dawes Act, a Native American Policy, was enforced in 1887, it focused on breaking up reservations by granting land allotments to individual Native Americans. At that time, people believed that if a person adopted the white man’s clothing, ways and was responsible for his own farm, he would eventually drop his, as stated by the Oxford University Press, “Indian-ness” and become assimilated in American society. The basic idea of this act was the taking away of Native American Culture because they were considered savage and primitive to the incoming settlers. Many historians now agree the Native’s treatment throughout the Dawes Act was completely unfair, unlawful, and unethical. American Society classified them as savages solely on their differences in morals, religion, appearance and overall culture.
The documents have a lot of similarities: the major idea of both documents is that the Native American’s were mistreated, lied to and taken advantage of. The Native’s had their lands, way of living, beliefs, and property stripped from them. For example, Helen says that one of the Indian Affairs Superintendent stated, “so long as they are not citizens of the United States, their rights of property must remain insecure against invasion.” (Helen Jackson, pg2). Also, that the Indian Department was belie, they did little or nothing to help the natives and were basically nugatory. Another similarity is the time period.
As far back as 1887, Native Americans were seen as uncivilized and were forcibly assimilated by the white man to adopt the white man’s culture. This caused many of the Indians to be forced into boarding schools that attempted to teach them American culture, Christianity, and English. In essence, it made them give up everything that they were. The schooling was the result of both a twisted parenting instinct and standard American greed. The Indians were told to value things differently, like the community and environment, in order to fit in with the materialistic American.
Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer says that "it was clear that the hundreds of sovereign Indian nations living on the North American continent were not going to willingly or voluntarily give up their land." As the expansion happened, the more Native Americans were pushed out of their tribal lands. The thought of attempting to assimilate the Native Americans seemed as if a last resort for many. As an article by Dr. Olsen-Raymer states, the Proclamation Line of 1763, the land was given to them, and it was the only land that the USA could not claim. But after the French-Indian War, Americans thought it was justifiable to take because the Natives lost their land just as the French had lost theirs.