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Should Genocide Resolutions Be Considered For Nations That Exterminated Western Hemisphere Native Populations?


With the recent discussion about a Congressional resolution declaring Turkey guilty of the genocide of Armenians between 1915 and 1918, should parliaments and congresses across the world consider similar resolutions against nations responsible for the extermination of Native American populations in the Western Hemisphere?    

These nations would be Portugal, Spain, France, England and the United States.

Portugal for the widespread death and servitude brought to the Tupi people of Brazil.    

Spain for a trail of genocide extending through the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, Mexico, Peru, Florida and present day New Mexico and Texas.

France for deaths of natives in Canada and throughout North American New France.

England for the liquidation of native peoples in, among other places, Virgina and New England.

The United States for a long history of wiping out native populations.  

I think such debate and resolutions around the world might only be fair.  

October 26, 2007 - Posted by | Colonial America, History, Politics, Texas | , , , , , , ,


  1. The British eradication of the Tasmanians the 19th Century is one of the ugliest chapters in human history. It is the inevitable outcome of one group of people regarding another group of people as subhuman, which really is the basis of racism though not it’s ultimate basis.

    There haven’t been any resolutions or even reparations towards Native Americans here in the States?

    Truth be told, I’m (and almost every other Mexican) a product of the Spanish conquest of México. My people arose out of Spanish men impregnating native women.

    Maybe my Native American ancestry can draft a resolution to declare my European ancestry guilty.

    What would be fair, would be Native Americans getting America back but is that realistic?

    Admittedly, resolutions are about the only thing that we can do, though I’m not sure what if anything they accomplish, save salve the so-called winners’ conscience.

    Comment by Laz | October 26, 2007

  2. Nope! We did not do this. Our ancestors did. It would be like me going to trial for a murder my great-grandfather did. We know that history books can be wrong. Let the past be in the past and forget it. It is time for some people to climb off the cross they are on, Use the wood to build a bridge and GET OVER IT.

    Comment by Mark | October 26, 2007

  3. Of course, resolutions and reparations should be given to these poor people who suffered horrors that surpass all of mankind’s wildest imaginations.

    America is a country built off of the sick actions of taking whatever you want from people who’re unable to defend themselves from the barrel of your gun.

    Mark, you’re disgusting. Do you know how much benefit you’re getting as of now because of the sick-crimes our ancestors have done to such a helpless group of people?

    I don’t see you having any trouble accepting the benefits with open arms do I?

    Now when you yell the words “GET OVER IT” on the top of you’re lungs, I recommend that you slow down and take a walk in someone else’s shoes as it is not as easy as you may think to just get over the knowledge of how your ancestors suffered so much through implementations of genocide.

    Comment by Jonathan | June 30, 2008

  4. Jonathan—Thanks for the strong comment. Nothing I can offer to improve it.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 30, 2008

  5. Dear Neil, are you a Native American?
    If so, then please tell me what is your experience with White Americans when this issue is discussed.

    Do they even talk about reparations, or do they do their best to change subject so they won’t have to pay up?

    Comment by Jonathan | June 30, 2008

  6. the native americans were killed by the common cold for the most part. mumps, chicken pox ect.. not by the barrel of a gun,read up on this, reparation is not the answer for the american indians or the slaves. the answer is to not let other countries repeat the genocides that have happened in the past. us foreign policy is economic genocide in many places and americans with their credit cards and debt have shown we can even kill our childrens and grandchildrens chances at every having a decent life. jon as far as white people in america or black or red there are plenty of good and bad in both, dedicated and lazy. We can not correct the past we can only do out part to not repeat it.

    Comment by bill brady | July 1, 2008

  7. Bill Brady, tell me why “reparation is not the answer”

    I know people like you. Deep inside, it seems that you’re another one of those greed driven selfish folks who always use arguing as a way to esacpe justice and responsibilities for the past.

    I’ve know many people who do feel that the Native Americans deserve lots of reparations, but despite this, argue against it anyways. Why? For selfishness, greed, etc…

    You know that you are benefiiting from the incalculable sufferings of these people, and don’t you think that it’s a bit unjust, unfair that you get to enjoy the benefits resulted from the worst genocide of human history?

    Comment by Jonathan | July 1, 2008

  8. As one thing that I forgot to mention. Diseases were spread on purpose. The first instances of smallpc were accidents; the Spanish, I think or maybe it was English, heard reports of Natives dying of a diseases that was new. The Spanish (Or maybe English) then went to check out what was happening and found out that smallpox was the new disease that the Natives were talking about. The Spanish (English) took advantage of this; and devised an insidious method to depopulate the Native so they can take their land, riches, and resources by purposely giving them blankets infected with smallpox.

    The U.S. and North American settlers also used small pox to depopulate the Natives for hundreds of years. The leaders thought that depopulating the Natives was best for themselves because if Native American’s population was high, then they’ll try to take their land back, but depopulating them would break moral due to lo # troops.

    The leaders of U.S. government know that the chances of Indians taking back land is zero but it will disrupt economy so they used Smallpox, thedeliberate destruction of native food supplies, and purposely forced them into areas known to be uninhabitable to lower their numbers.

    Comment by Jonathan | July 1, 2008

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