And this is such an important distinction. Because even still today, children are taught in every 3rd or 4th grade classroom in the country that those who “fought for our freedom” were brave and true and right, when in reality what they did was grow tired of being on the bottom of the pyramid and leave Europe to go find themselves a place where they could be on top. And then they proceeded to squash down every person Native to this land, and every person they forced here against their will to do all the heavy lifting for them. They were bullies being ruled by bullies who decided they were mad as hell and they weren’t going to take it anymore.
They were the marginalised who forgot what it was to be marginalized the second they got out from under the ruling class and immediately became the very thing they had felt the need to escape.
It was not brave, or true, or right. It was barbaric, and it’s time that we started teaching our children the truth.