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Re: Implication of Artman's letter to Chad Smith
In Response To: Re: Implication of Artman's letter to Chad Smith ()
Thanks for sharing this information.
The issue of slavery always sheds a different light on the issue. Many will argue that treaties were forced. Yet somehow the human toll on the slaves is so easily overlooked--slavery was forced upon them not on the slave owners, nor their children, nor their friends. The slaves themselves were the victims---not thin blooded descendants who now cash in on being "victims".
Interestingly, when slavery ended, the former slaves were not American citizens, and after decades of living in their nations---toiling--for free--the nations WERE their home. And they WERE a part of their nations, with skin color having nothing to do with it. Many shared the same domicile with enslavers, and all shared the same land, and some did indeed share blood. But blood is not the issue---PEOPLE are the issue. The people, once enslaved were treated differently and their descendants are still being treated differently having had ancestors who were slaves. This unique version of painting part of a nation with "the stain" of slavery then expelling them, is a bizarre thing to watch, and most of us watch as the Cherokee drama unfolds. The shock being discovered by many everyday, was the fact that Five Indian tribes, were willing participants in the horrible institution of American slavery.
However, as you pointed out---the current issues are similar in the remaining four-slave holding tribes. All are watching as the beneficiaries of slavery are now facing their past.
These are indeed interesting times.