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American Indian Genocide: Fact or Fiction?

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.


Were the American Indians the Targets of Genocide?

I keep seeing people post on Facebook the slanderous lie that Americans committed ‘Genocide' against the Indians. Genocide has a meaning: "The systematic (step by step, methodical) annihilation, the extermination of a group of people."

Obviously, this never happened. There might be twice as many Indians in America today as there were 400 years ago. Moreover, half the people I know claim to be "part Cherokee," which they could not be had the Indians been ‘annihilated' or ‘exterminated.'

As Dinesh D’Souza writes: "Critics of America allege that a series of crimes define the history of the United States. Let's begin by asking whether the white man was guilty of genocide against the native Indians. As a matter of fact, he was not.

“Great numbers of Indians did perish as a result of their contact with whites, but, for the most part, they died by contracting diseases for which they had not developed immunities. This is a tragedy on a grand scale, but it is not genocide, which implies an intention to wipe out an entire population."


The Accusation

Andrew Gillum ran for Governor of Florida in 2018. He said, “The lands upon which our own offices are situated have been ripped from the hands of their historical inhabitants through the sustained, continued genocide of Native and indigenous peoples.”

It was in the 1970s that American History began to be taught from a radical leftist point of view, a perspective that is decidedly anti-American. Our history is now taught to our children as a catalog of crimes: slavery, genocide, colonialism, imperialism, atrocities, massacres against loving, peaceful people everywhere who just wanted to be our friends.

Professor Ward Churchill teaches that there was a “vast genocide, the most sustained on record” of the Indians and that exterminating them was “the express objective of the U.S. government.”

Professor David Stannard teaches it was “the worst holocaust the world has ever witnessed.”

Professor Lenore Stiffarm teaches, “There can be no more monumental example of sustained genocide anywhere in the annals of human history.”

Author Kirkpatrick Sale claims that the English and the Americans intended to eliminate the red race from the face of the Earth.


What is Genocide?

The Genocide Convention of the United Nations was proclaimed in 1951 and joined by the United States in 1986. It defines genocide as “a series of acts committed with the intent to destroy a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group.” The motive must be the annihilation of the group, with “proof of a genocidal plan.”

A legal concept invented in 1951 should not be applied to events in the past, as the accused are long dead and cannot defend themselves, their motives, their deeds, in a court of law, and confront their accusers, to be judged by a jury of their peers. American Law rejects ex post facto laws—charging someone retroactively with a crime that was not a recognized crime when it was committed.

The Geneva Convention stipulates that guilt is personal. Only individuals are to be charged with genocide—not entire nations.


The Smallpox Blanket Hoax

There is no doubt that the Europeans were unknowingly carriers of Smallpox, and perhaps a dozen other diseases for which the Indians had no immunity. That did cause a considerable reduction in their population—accidentally. Maybe 90% of all deaths of Indians after the white man came were from these pathogens.

Ward Churchill fabricated the tale, remarkably retold every day on social media by self-loathing whites, that Americans deliberately infected Indians with Smallpox by giving them blankets they had somehow tainted with the virus on purpose—biological warfare. The University of Michigan studied and thoroughly debunked this hateful hoax. It is worth reading their conclusions so we can put this to bed before we go further:

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“Churchill has habitually committed multiple counts of research misconduct—specifically, fabrication and falsification. Churchill fabricated events that never occurred—namely the U.S. Army's alleged distribution of smallpox infested blankets. Churchill falsified sources to support his fabricated version of events, and also concealed evidence in his cited sources that actually disconfirms, rather than substantiates, his allegations of genocide.

“Forgery and fraud violate the most basic foundations on which historians construct their interpretations of the past. An undetected counterfeit undermines not just the historical arguments of the forger, but all subsequent scholarship that relies on the forger's work. Those who invent, alter, remove, or destroy evidence make it difficult for any serious historian ever wholly to trust their work again.”


The Noble Savage Myth

The Noble Savage Myth is just that: a myth. It is a total crock of crap that the Native Americans all lived in peace and harmony with nature before the evil white man came along. That is anti-American propaganda. Life among the Indians was full of strife, curses, suffering, brutality, cruelty, terror, immorality, rape, torture, war, sexual perversion, and death.