Systematic Racism of Native Americans

2611 Words Dec 20th, 2005 11 Pages
Chris Day
October 20, 2005
Sociology 3365-001: Ethnic Minorities in America

Systematic Racism of Native Americans

One of the darkest subject matters in United States history is the government's policy toward Native Americans. When European settlers first landed in North America they depended on Native Americans to give them food, trade for skins, and teach them how to gather food. Without the help of friendly Native Americans the possibility of any colony surviving, much less thriving, would be virtually impossible. However, once the colonies were self-dependent the colonists felt like they had a God given right to the land that the very people who helped them survive lived upon. Since that time Native Americans have been pushed off
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Both of these examples are de-humanizing to Native Americans because the opposite is true. Native Americans have always had very tight knight family groups, they are accepting of everyone in their tribe including the young and old, members native to other tribes, and even homosexuals. The belief that they are barbaric is just an opinion; this isn't any different than the belief that Christians were wrong when Christianity was first established, yet the Christians of this time were not accepting of another religion (despite the fact that one reason for coming to North America was religious freedom). Another de-humanizing example of Native Americans is the way they are depicted in movies and films, especially old Westerns. The way they are portrayed in these movies is the same way many people unaware of Native culture still view them. Their dress is one inaccurate portrayal of Native Americans. Every Native American in a movie is either wearing a full tribal headdress, or some other sort of feather attire. Basically it all amounts to all tribes being considered to dress the same, when they actually had different attire and forms of dress including forms of presentation, and different types of jewelry. Another stereotype used in these movies is the assumption that all Native Americans live in teepees. This again points to the fact that all Native cultures were grouped together and viewed as the same. Yet another example of
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