Mt. Rushmore. Photo by Michael Preyer

A Different View From Mt. Rushmore

In his book American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World, professor David E. Stannard shows another side to the faces carved into Mt. Rushmore, deep in the heart of the Paha Sapa, the sacred Black Hills of the Lakota Nation.  The following quotes, once again, are a little hard to believe.

George Washington said, in 1783, the Indians, after all, were little different than wolves, both being beasts of prey, tho they differ in shape, who deserved nothing from the whites but total ruin.

Jefferson later would write of the remaining Indians in America that: the government was obliged now to pursue them to extermination, or to drive them to new seats beyond our reach.

Theodore Roosevelt once happily remarked that: I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn't like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.

In 1862, with much of America consumed by the Civil War, fierce fighting erupted in Minnesota between Dakota Indians and white European settlers. By year's end, hundreds of settlers and Dakotas were dead. Many settlers had fled Minnesota forever, and thousands of Dakotas were in prison or exile. The day after Christmas, on an order signed by Abraham Lincoln, 38 Dakotas were hung. This event is still considered the largest mass execution in American History.

Just could not resist adding this !

The other side of Mt. Rushmore

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