I was amazed as I did my Arkansas History work. I'm taking an online course and as part of class participation the teacher posts three discussion questions every lesson and we answer them. This chapter is about the Indian Removal. The question was "Explain the reasons why Native Americans were removed from Arkansas. In your opinion, could Americans and Native Americans live side-by-side based on your understanding of both cultures?" Now I'm used to the people in my class only half-assed answering the questions, using no real intelect, and generally copying the answer of the person who sounds like they know the most. But I was shocked as I read one persons answer to the second half of the disscussion question, "No, I donít think that Native American can live side by side with the Americans because the Native Americans usually carry diseases. They usually live in hunter/farmer subsistence societies. They eat insects for food, and they used spears, warclubs, bows, and arrows for weapons. Also, we elect president and they elect chiefs."
I'm left saying WTF?
!!!!!! I go on to say, "I would like to ask you Llee, where on earth did you get this information? What facts are you basing this opinion off of? I mean really? WHAT? You donít think that Americans could live side by side with Native Americans because the Native Americans carried diseases? If I remember correctly disease was brought to the Native Americans by outsiders and it killed thousands! They were not animals, they were human beings! They werenít diseased anymore than the Americans. Also, what is wrong with their hunter/farmer societies? I live in South east Arkansas and our society here is based on farmers and has a huge amount of hunting. There was nothing wrong with the way Native Americans lived. What do you mean they eat insects as food? They hunted animals and grew crops! They had nutritional needs the same as the Americans. Even if they did eat insects, whatís wrong with that? Also, whatís wrong with their weapons? They were primitive but they were effective. But really by the time the Americans came they had more advanced weapons. What does it matter that we elected a president? Yes, they have a chief and they didnít elect him either. Think about this! They were here first, they saved our butts more than once. . .where do we get off kicking them out? Stealing their land? Murdering their people? If they fought us, if they killed us. . .we deserved it! Needless to say, I completely disagree with everything in the above quoted paragraph." Really, was this person just NOT thinking?