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By “Mark Andrew Dwyer”
April 27, 2006
was listening to Al Rantel show when one of his callers, who introduced himself
as native American, begun making claims to ownership of the North American
continent on behalf of "indigenous" people. He insisted that all
whites are illegal (immigrants) in this country and should be deported back to
heated exchange, Al made a number of valid points, like that he (Al) was born
in America so that he is as native here as anybody else around here, and that
no ethnic group grew up from the ground that they claimed as theirs but they
came from elsewhere, instead. After all, Indians were nomads that were roaming
the continent after they came here from
Which brought these two questions into my mind. What actually is the basis of "indigenous" peoples' claims to American land? And would the ones alive today really be better off should the pilgrims and settlers and immigrants not arrive?
from the second one. Although the caller in a way characteristic to many
American Indians claimed that
Speaking of the first question, their claim that this land is their property is ridiculous. (All liberals thoroughly brainwashed in American post-1965 public schools and colleges will certainly disagree.)
First of all,
when the European settlers came to
Even if one assumes that these nomadic tribes had some kind of verifiable legal lien on part of American land that they did or didn't trade, the bottom line is that they died without heirs. Some of them were killed while fighting with white settlers and free-roaming outlaws, and that's unfortunate. But vast majority of them died of diseases that the settlers brought with them, for which Indians had not have a chance to develop any immunity (and that was unfortunate, too). Now, some other Indians who came from elsewhere claim their rights now to that left inheritance even though they are not in line of descendents of those that died, or at least there is no proof for it. (Mexicans are particularly good at making such claims.)
But the most
ridiculous assertion of all was that land ownership is determined by the race
of the claimant. The "rationale" that supports it goes like this.
Indians by the very fact of being Indians own North American continent,
together with all the improvements that white civilization built upon it.
Moreover, if one tribe of Indians dies out, another tribe or group of the same
or similar race automatically "inherits" rights to their land. (This
is the basis of Mexican migrants'
claims to the
That's about as absurd as it gets. Moreover, that's exactly what most staunch national socialists of NAZI party were saying. Now, you tell me, who are the "little Eichmanns" here?
Some liberal academics
(particularly, revisionist historians) keep telling us that we should “give
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Past commentary (March 29, 2006): Liberation and Socialism, Or The Marching Morons?
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