Honors 11 English Period 1
November 8, 2013
Racism against Native Americans in the 1900’s
Today, when one thinks of racism, they think of African Americans or Hispanics. Believe it or not, there was other racism. Native Americans lived with racism throughout the 1900’s. This is overlooked by many Americans. It is a lost part of history. In the Indian Killer, by Sherman Alexie, the city shows discrimination towards the Native American’s. They use a Native American as a scapegoat for a killer that the police have no leads or evidence on the case. Native Americans have been discriminated against in the 1900’s, they have been into slavery that many people do not know about, and in Indian Killer the city paints Native Americans as terrible people. Racism and discrimination occurs to not only African Americans and Hispanics. It also happens to the Native Americans. Contrary to popular belief, Christopher Columbus did not discover America. The Indians have already claimed it as their home. The Indians of course fought to protect their own homeland. During the colonial and independent periods, a long series of Indian Wars were fought with the primary objective of obtaining much of North America as territory of the U.S. Through wars, massacre, and wide displacement occurred. Restriction of food rights and the imposition of treaties also occurred. Land was taken from everywhere. Once their territories were incorporated into the United States, the surviving Native Americans were denied equality before the law. It is sad to see people being discriminated in a country they call their own. According to the United States Department of Justice, Native Americans experience more than twice the rates of violence as the average American citizen. They are victims of violence by those of other races more than 70 percent of the time. It is sad for such a race to be discriminated against, especially since we drove them out, and killed many of them. When one thinks of slavery, many...
Cited: "Racism against American Indian - Native Americans." Racism against American Indian - Native Americans. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
Alexie, Sherman. Indian Killer. New York: Atlantic Monthly, 1996. Print.
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