It’s a controversial argument to be certain, and one that many people would likely shout me down for, but I’m kind of used to that in this day and age and can shout a little louder when it’s necessary. That being said, the idea of being indigenous to a place is a statement that may and may not be real. The Native Americans that have declared that they’re owed reparations for their land being taken from them are fighting a battle that isn’t going to have a happy ending for a few reasons.
- If you really want to go back in history let’s do that. The many recognized tribes in the Americas were documented as being anything be peaceful towards each other at all times. While they might have seen peaceful times between one another, there were still conflicts in which things were taken, by force, and yet we’ll rarely ever hear of this because it involved those that were considered to be indigenous. The moment that Europeans came to this land and began to take over, it was inherently wrong since they were invaders and did not live in the same fashion as the natives. Yet they will gladly forget the fact that several tribes were constantly at odds with one another. It’s true, atrocities were committed by the Europeans that came to this land, but the tribes were rarely ever entirely peaceful.
- Let’s go back a little further in history, or a lot further, when the continents were closer together and such things as land bridges existed. The Native Americans weren’t always native to this land, as even they came from somewhere else. At one point and time, according to fossil records, this land was sparsely inhabited by anything human. So who owned it then?
- Unless a person can bring forth any definitive, legal statements that show that they can lay claim to the land that is now owned by the supposed descendants of those that wronged their people, then the argument is invalid. Should Native Americans be able to trace their lineage and land rights back there’s still another problem, many of those descendants are dead and gone and have been for quite some time, on both sides. And it’s fair to say that many of us, even if we were descended in some way from those that wronged Native Americans in the past, are well-removed from such ancestors. In other words, our legal claim to the lands we live upon is far stronger than the past that many wish to cling to.
While many people might not agree, the claim that those of us that have been born in America have to the land we pay for, the land we take care of, and the land we value, is stronger than a past that is best remembered, but not lived for. Should you feel guilty enough for the acts of those that you were never attached to, then by all means, give up your land and property to those that demand it. But otherwise, stop with the guilt complex, the victim mentality, and move forward as we’re all entitled to do.