Friday, April 4, 2008
For one, there was slavery, where the importation of humans to be owned as property was deemed lawful.
Then we drove all the Native Americans from their lands and finally corralled them into & ldquo;reservations & rdquo;.
Yeah! Then there was the Mexican War in 1846 where Mexicans were removed from their rightful property and often brutally slaughtered. And of course no one likes to talk about interring U.S. citizens of Japanese descent in relocation camps during WWII.
But we did stupid things against white people too. Like testing the atomic bomb on U.S. servicemen. But just to even things out we tested the hydrogen bomb on the indigenous inhabitants of the Marshall Islands, as well. & (We had to make sure it would work on our & ldquo;real & rdquo; enemies.)
Can't forget when we turned away ships filled with Jewish refugees and sent them back to into the hands of the Third Reich. And then in the 50's and 60's we DDT'ed all our own kids in the name of mosquito control.
All right, all right, I'll stop - won't even mention Vietnam, Iraq, The War on Terror, or shipping all of our jobs abroad. &
& ldquo;Why even bring these things up? & rdquo; you ask.
Because one day people will look back on the events of this week and say "Can you believe they actually did that back then. & What primitive people they must have been. & rdquo;
-Citizen Voices blogger Candace Suerstedt is a filmmaker and a mother of three who lives in Coronado.