Originally posted by OccamsRazor04
reply to post by kimish
I believe you would be foolish to think Europe had diseases unknown to the Americas, but the Americas had no diseases unknown to Europe. AIDS has
been traced back to a single person, we know one is all it takes, the idea a small group of sailors couldn't be responsible flies in the face of what
is known to be true.
Basically my point was about the Europeans being ostracized for "purposely" introducing small pox to the Amerindians (note the quotes, it is very
important) yet we hear nothing about what is basically in the op, the Amerindians spreading diseases to the Europeans. And the Europeans are
demonized for spreading small pox when the fact is that the Europeans were probably acting in good will by supporting Amerindians with warmth
(blankets) that were unknowingly tainted. Mind you, at that time in life, diseases weren't really known about which would include how they were
spread (blankets) and so forth, so could the Europeans really know that the blankets were tainted? Now, in lieu of them not knowing much about
diseases don't you think it would be wise to consider that they also didn't know about immunities?
Nobody knew than or even in the 19th century what we know now so, I ask you, why are the Europeans always being demonized for spreading disease to
the Amerindians when it was actually a 2 way street? Isn't that a biased or even racist point of view against the Europeans? I think it is, every
group uses every breath they have to demonize Europeans, particularly white Europeans. Except for the East Asians.
edit on 28-12-2011 by kimish because: (no reason given)