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American Holocaust of Native American Indians

Painting For Supremacy by Charles Marion Russell

Painting For Supremacy by Charles Marion Russell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“But we meant well.” I began to squirm as I watched the following short film by Joanelle Romerro and felt those words coming to mind.

An 1899 chromolithograph of U.S. cavalry pursu...

An 1899 chromolithograph of U.S. cavalry pursuing American Indians, artist unknown (Photo credit: Wikipedia),

How do I, as a follower of Christ, respond, when I discover such atrocities done in the pursuit of my country’s Christian purposes?

One thought I’m having is that it is always better to know what is true and live a life of response rather than reaction to it.

How shall we respond?

I can hear some of my race saying it is in the past and “they” should let it go. But, that isn’t ours to say, just as it isn’t the debtors place to forgive the debt, or the abusers place to forgive the abused.

Shall we live in shame, seek justice for war crimes, reparations?

To live in awareness that I am a part of this flawed race brings humility to my soul and motivates me to speak out about injustice and reach out in the small measure of compassion that Jesus has given me.

Native American

Native American (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fact that people in other cultures commit similar murderous behavior when they dominate the Sudanese, Palestinians, Afghans, Syrians, Saudi women, Ugandans and on and on speaks to more than American or Western dominance, but a deeply flawed sense of moral responsibility common to the human race.

I am ashamed to say that in the Western and Israeli context I seem to be hearing it called “Democracy.”

This video takes half an hour and is well worth your time.  Something in me wants to ask that as you watch it, you don’t just judge our country, but also examine your own. I hope its record is flawless.

American Holocaust of Native American Indians (FULL Documentary) – YouTube.

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