The Carnage Of The Indians

1575 WordsSep 9, 20157 Pages
“Indeed, so bombarded are most Americans with the unexamined ideology of “worthy” and “unworthy” victims . . .” (26) Genocides, such as that of the Amerindians, show this grotesque train of thought in human beings. The dehumanization and murder of the Native Americans was nothing more than an action made by the Europeans to show their superiority they believed they possessed. Throughout history, this behavior can be seen in many tyrannical communities, such as those that ruled over the “Armenians, Jews, Gypsies, Tbos, Bengalis, Timorese, Cambodians, Ugandans, and others.” (4) Although many people argue that a variety of diseases killed the unexposed Indians, it is proven that mass murders killed off a majority of native people. David E. Stannard defends this argument by giving samples of evidence that suggest that the carnage of the Indians reflects very similarly with the holocaust of the Jewish people in Nazi Germany. Stannard brings up valid justification to his argument by comparing the two acts of cruelty. Stannard shows the similarities of labor for the Jews and Indians by giving an example of the strenuous work both were demanded to do. “In both cases, from the so-called silver mountain of Potosi in the sixteenth-century Andes to the synthetic rubber factory of Auschwitz in the 1940’s, the slave drivers calculated that it was cheaper to work people to death by the tens of thousands and then replace them than it was to maintain and feed a permanent captive labor
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