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Letters and Politics - December 17, 2012 at 10:00am

Letters and Politics, for December 17, 2012 - 10:00am

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Tom Diaz of the Violence Prevention Center on the massacre in Connecticut.

Heather Cox Richardson on the Massacre of Wounded Knee.


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It was very sad for me to

It was very sad for me to hear that the author excused the behavior of the soldiers by citing that the officer was "confused" and the soldiers "went crazy". That seemed contradictory to her supposed intent to distribute accountability. I'm sure she has no evidence proving that these specific men suffered from mental difficulty, which explains their behavior. Their behavior is very consistent with other white men in history. Where is the scientific deduction in her causation?

I feel that this broadcast dehumanized Lakota by not calling them people or emphasizing their humanity. For example, 438 white men murdered 230 unarmed, civilian women and children, and 90 men (47 wounded women and children). Then, the children who fled with their mothers were hunted down by the mounted cavalry and shot to death along with their mothers.

Out of deep, deep respect for these poor people, we should mention these facts when discussing their history.

QUOTE: "A 3rd of the US army, fully the largest deployment of US troops since the civil war, were stationed in Pine Ridge Reservation... When the troops surrounded them, surrounded this group of about 300 Minneconju, they tried to disarm them. And, in the process of disarming them, confusion broke out and a very confused officer who had been primarily a desk officer since the civil war, yelled that his soldiers should fire. And when they fired, they began mowing down the Lakota. And, over the next 20 minutes, they killed about 250 of the surrendering Lakota. Then the soldiers kind of went crazy and hunted down and killed all the Lakota they could find. So, in the space of about 2 hours, in the morning of September 29th 1890, about 250 to300 Lakota were massacred on the field of the reservation in Pine Ridge South Dakota.

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