Rich wrote:It was wave after wave of epidemics, intra Indian and intra European war, combined with muskets and the unstoppable demographic tide of Europeans moving West that did for the Native Americans. Deliberate genocide by Europeans played only a very marginal role in their destruction.
And yet hundreds of years of North American history is filled with First Nations leaders being harrassed, arrested, and killed, involuntary sterilization (up to the 1980s), re-education campaigns, forced adoptions, forced evictions, re-settlements, destruction of communities...
This goes on for centuries, well past the initial-contact diseases, and even past the discrediting of the Scientific Racism "science"
that had been used by the Elites to justiry their horrible behavior. (Scientific Racism was the Clash of Civilzations
of its time)
By the way, the Spanish and Portuguese didn't get as far in their genocides as the British (USA, Anglo-Canada) because the Pope recognized the humanity of First Nations in 1537
. This may be another reason why Protestantism was good for one's personal economic situation: it allowed you to kill First Nations with the Protestant God's
To this day, Western money - respectful of no pope or any other institution - thinks it can simply erase First Nations governments like the one in Bolivia and still access heaven - or the Lolita Express - in the afterlife.
Magical thinking helps people to accept poor governance.
That's why religion and entertainment media are so popular.