No matter how many times I read this shit - and fucking hell I have seen a LOT of it in the last month, assholes stopping in on entirely unrelated news stories to shit talk First Nations in the comments sections and spitting on corpses with glee - it never fails to make me so mad I feel physically sick.
I can’t have been learning from different books so what the hell is the explanation for why the half a clue I have about our sordid history is three more clues than most? Is all the casual conversation I missed out on as a child being a social outcast just 90% racist anecdotes that supplant every fact in our heads? I can not for the life of me make sense of why any of this sounds like sense to so many people.
And for that obsession with scalping it’s demented we called taking a piece of scalp as a war trophy a “savage” practice even though collecting ears, teeth, and entire heads among other acts of corpse desecration was the norm for “civilized” armies not just of the day but well into the 20th century. Even today, by some accounts. And outside of war and capital punishment we were handing out strips of torn off flesh from people who were publicly tortured to death for the crime of “seeking to outrage” a white person as souvenirs to children. We’re reluctant to call all that savage even in hindsight.
Maybe my hypocrite gene is defective or something.