Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The First Immigrants

By, Elizabeth Schulte

According to the Thanksgiving story that every school child is taught, when the Pilgrims came to what would be called America, they learned from the Indians how to grow crops and live off the land.
We're told that the "first immigrants" were welcomed with open arms by native-born people. No fences, no quotas, no guards.
And what did the Native Amerians get in return? The "first immigrants" tried to enslave the Indians, and when they couldn't, the immigrants drove Native Americans from their land and slaughtered them in one of the most awful genocides in history.
As the Shawnee leader Tecumseh told the Osages people in a speech calling for unity and resistance against the colonists around 1811-12: " When the white men first set foot on our shores, they were hungry; they had no places on which to spread their blankets or to kindle their fires. They were feeble; they could do nothing for themselves. Our fathers commiserated their distress, and shared freely with them whatever the Great Spirit had given to his red children...
"Brothers, the white people are like poisonous serpents: when chilled, they are feeble and harmless; but invigorate them with warmth, and they will sting their benefactors to death."

I wonder what the white man would have thought if the American Indians made their language the "national language" & forced them to learn it just like we currently are doing to the immigrants of today.
This post was written to make you truly think before going and joining the "anti-immigrant" bandwagon. It would be truly hypocritical of one to not look back at history and the first TRUE immigrants to this country.