Cultural Abuse In Boarding Schools

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As a child, can you imagine getting beaten for speaking the only language you know? Or even worse-- being burned alive. In the late 19th century, carrying over into the early 20th century, Native American children all over the United States were forced to be sent to Indian Boarding Schools that were run by the government in order to Americanize them. Later on in history, a very similar, yet horrifying abuse of children took place. Beginning in 1933, Nazi Soldiers captured anyone of the Jewish decent all across Germany. They were sent into concentration camps with a destiny to die. It seems extreme to rip families apart in order to benefit another group of people. Some have compared children of Nazi Concentration Camps to children in Indian Boarding Schools. These boarding school experiences and the experiences of Jewish children are similar in that they both endured physical abuse based on racial identity, they were both separated from their families, and they were both denied their cultural practices.

Indian and Jewish children were both taken from their everyday lives by the governments of their countries, in order to annihilate their cultures. While the fates of Jewish children were more hostile, Native children endured much of the same day to day abuse as well. There can be no comparison as to who had it worse.
“I hope somebody, someday will hear me. I hope nobody has to go through this” (Windyboy). Andrew Windyboy can speak for both child victims by saying this.
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