posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 09:55 AM
So your family didn't take advantage of the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of North America? You do realize that just by
living here, you all did take advantage of this.
My ancestors immigrated to WI from the Scandinavian countries shortly before the Civil War and within less than 10 years of becoming citizens fought
for the North in the Civil War and none of them EVER owned any slaves or killed any Indians directly. In fact, my according to my 101 yr old
grandmother my great-great-grandparents and greatparents secretly allowed the Native Americans to live and hunt in the woods behind the old farmhouse
even though it was off reservation, and help themselves to the crops because they were simply EMBARRASSED and ASHAMED when they arrived and started
learning that the land wasn't quite as "wide open" as the stories they heard back in Norway and that THEIR ABILITY TO HOMESTEAD was only possible due
to the US Calvary forcibly relocating the original inhabitants into concentration camps called "reservations".
And you know what? She says they still always had enough food, the wigwams never hurt anything, and in the end it was a damn good thing they did what
was right by those people to the best of their ability. Because in the fall of 1918 when the Spanish Flu hit Wisconsin it killed my Grandmothers
older brother and HER grandparents (the original immigrants) and hit both her Mother and Father at harvest time leaving my 7 yr old Grandmother as the
only one in the house to care for two sick adults and her three YOUNGER siblings (including an infant).
...guess who stopped by to help harvest the crops, stock the cellar with dried venison and smoked fish, nurse the adults back to health, help to tend
to the livestock, and bury the dead? It was those stubborn old Indians who were living behind the farm illegally who just REFUSED to "modernize", of
course. How is that for brass balls? A Native American knowingly and willfully exposing themselves to one of the NASTIEST European crowd-diseases of
all time in order to do what is right for the family took responsibility to the best of their ability for the actions of the white people who came
Good thing my ancestors who immigrated here had the decency to feel a little shame and embarrassment once they learned the truth about why there
was all this surplus land laying around in the Americas, huh?
Those Indians that lived behind the old farmhouse (which is still in our family to this day) didn't PERSONALLY blame them from immigrating from Norway
a hundred years after the white man began pushing the Native American to the West. They realized that my great-great-grandpappy Peder didn't
sign the Indian Removal Act. But they RESPECTED the fact that he at least had a conscience, and recognized that he was BENEFITTING
from THEIR LOSS, and did what was in his power to make amends the best he could.
The lesson? Feeling some shame and embarrassment for the screwing that white america has given the rest of the world over the years isn't a
weakness...it's a strength. It shows that you have a conscience and aren't a selfish, greedy, animal.
And it also might just save the lives of your entire family someday. I can't imagine they would have been quite as eager to expose themselves to
deadly diseases which they knew full well they probably didn't have any immunity to in order to help my 7-yr old Grandmother if they had been whining
about how picked on the white people were.
edit on 12-11-2012 by milominderbinder because: formatting