I write in response to the latest response from Justin in Chicago, IL.
His letter directed to Ali Alexander is manifestly unfair. Justin manages to blame all of the economy's present ills on a president he calls an idiot and Ali Alexander a racist for wanting to insist that immigrants at least aspire to lawful behavior and some basic acceptance of American culture.
First of all, unlike myself, Ali has made it quite clear that he is as
stalwart a Democrat as Justin and likely agrees with Justin's critique of
the president. I find it startling that Justin can accuse others of racism. He is the one who recently uttered the whopper
that American Indians met regularly in councils to resolve inter-ethnic
disputes in a peaceful way before the evil white man came and dispossessed
them. That is not only wrong for most pre-Colombian and even pre-subjugation indigenous American peoples, it is also grossly racist to lump American Indians into one broad category. American Indians differed from each other at least as much as Caucasian
Europeans did. Most were displaced more by devastating diseases to which
more urbanized Europeans had greater resistance than by the warfare that
generally capped their sad process dispossession. Further, while some
tribes were generally peaceful and decent to their own members and
neighbors, it is indisputable that warfare, torture and slavery were
significantly more endemic to their cultures than they were to Europe,
Christian or Muslim. Just as Christians facing the Turks often fell because
they were more interested in fighting each other than defending
Christendom, so too did American Indian tribes make temporary and permanent
alliances with European settlers in order to gain the upper hand against
native rivals and enemies. To present the American Indian as an
undifferentiated noble savage tragically falling to the evil white man is
both ignorant and racist.
Honza J. F. Prchal
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