Bailey83221 (bailey83221) wrote,

Introduction to the Philippine war 1899-1903:
A continuation of American racism and genocide against the American Indian

I start from the supposition that the American nation was built on genocide and racism, that America continues to depend on genocide and racism even today. I also start from the supposition that Christianity is used as an ideology to justify and foster this genocide and slavery. (Note 1)

In the next few months I will be painstakingly transcribing dozens of pages from the book “Benevolent Assimilation The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903” into this web blog. I think Americans deserve to know the stories of the 100,000 Filipinos that were killed in this forgotten war. The torture, concentration camps, racism, whitewashes, lies, and massacres which our government continues to this day.

As Zinn said:

History is important. If you don't know history, it's as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.

A hopeless cause...

A relative recently stated: "I don't want to read some of this material you read."

I realize that recounting this shameful history will probably convince absolutely no American that their nationalistic religious beliefs that America is a beacon of freedom are a hoax, that the freedoms they enjoy end at America's seashores. I realize the futility in talking to ideologues because after leaving Mormonism, I learned that the majority of humanity do not want to be shown nor care about uncomfortable facts and history. People crave and seek out confirmation of their preexisting beliefs and ideologies, no matter how absurd, illogical, and detrimental these protected beliefs maybe.

William I.B. Beveridge said in The Art of Scientific Investigation (1957):

"When adults first become conscious of something new, they usually either attack or try to escape from it... Attack includes such mild forms as ridicule, and escape includes merely putting out of mind."

As the 19th century French Philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville said:

"No man can struggle with advantage against the spirit of his age and country, and however powerful a man may be, it is hard for him to make his contemporaries share feelings and ideas which run counter to the general run of their hopes and desires."

Albert Einstein wrote:

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity (clamness) opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

Realistically I know I will change no minds. One lone voice cannot compete against an entire culture and ideology fostered since birth. The only thing I can hope for is a moment of reflection from the American ideologue, and hopefully a minute of being uncomfortable, before my lone voice is cast aside and forgotten.

I write this simply becasue my conscience will be a little bit lighter by revealing my country's shameful past.

Note 1
I subscribe, in part to the "evil capitalist view", one of the four views explained in Benevolent Assimilation:

In the highly self-critical mood of the post--World War II era, the tendency has been to exaggerate American imperialism and the injustices created by it...American imperialism, in their view, did not begin with the Philippines but with Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory and continues to this day. American history is one of continuous expansion that left behind a long string of nonwhite victims. The driving force behind the expansion across the continent and out into the Pacific was, and still is, capitalist greed…Its rationalization was, and still is, the racist creed.

[Introduction inspired from Howard Zinn:
I start from the supposition that the world is topsy turvy, that things are all wrong, that the wrong people are in jail, and the wrong people are out of jail, that the wrong people are in power, and the wrong people are out of power. I start from the supposition that we don't have to say too much about this, because all we have to do is think about the state of the world today and realize that things are all upside-down.]
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