Always sharing an interest in history, Annie and I have always wondered when we, meaning the US, are ever going to learn?
Thinking back, just from memory, a few events came to mind.
Recently was the anniversary of the Indian Removal Act. This act allowed the government to give lands to the Native Americans west of the Mississippi — if they would give up their lands on the east side, opening the lands on the east side for settlers. This act eventually set in motion what would later be known as the Trail of Tears which contributed to the genocide of thousands of Native Americans and a quarter of the Cherokee people.
In Jamestown, Virginia, back in the mid-1600s, the first African Americans arrived to be sold into slavery, which eventually tore this country apart, killing over 600,000 Americans in the Civil War. Yet we are still hearing about racial issues here today.
Heard a report at a Pearl Harbor anniversary event about the Japanese Internment Camps. Many of the families of Japanese Americans who were serving our country in World War II were put in these Internment camps for being of Japanese decent.
A few other historic items came to mind such as the Orphan trains, which were an attempt to find homes for homeless children in the cities, but many didn’t go well. Women protesting, even being arrested, for trying to get the right to vote. The mistreatment of our Vietnam Veterans when they came back after serving their country. The outlawing of Hemp while the rest of the world kept using it. And now we have the biggest plastic cleanup that needs to be done, and so much more.
This is just a drop in the bucket as they say, but you still must ask, “Will we ever learn?”
We really don’t want to start a political debate, but it does sadden Annie and I to hear about the deaths of some of the immigrants, and families being separated at the border; parents without their children and more. Who knows what is really going on there?
One thing we have noticed in studying this country’s history seems to be that the president of the time gets most remembered for the mistakes, but our understanding of our government is that the president and the Congress are supposed to be a united voice in agreement on all decisions made.
Everywhere you go, from the grocery store to the bank to the movies and more, you overhear people complaining about the country and how our public servants are not working together. I guess the public voice needs to speak louder with our votes, and replace some of the public servants. Have a feeling future historians are going to read over the history of our times and shake their heads at the very least.
Think about it.