How can a nation address discrimination when unethical ways are practiced within white American Nationalism? The nation’s consciousness shares a national identity, promoting the Thanksgiving Feast as a kin-ship with the Native Americans, but what happened to the Native Americans after one feast? White American Nationalism does not respect the Native Americans as citizens of the United States, nor do they honor them as American citizitens. White America needs to become aware of their actions.
On a national level, Native Americans are invisible. Nationalism hid the Indian within the pilgrims of do-gooders, creating a Thanksgiving feast of pleasantness, but the pleasantness ended in the genocide of the Indians. White American Nationalism condoned the Indians’ genocide. The colonist forced them into reservations and had no problem forgetting about them. Native Americans “were being killed off all the more quickly or at least without remorse” in the 1800s (Baym 457). The interesting fact about the development of our nation was that “most white Americans accepted what they thought of as the destined extinction of the Native Americans” (Baym 457). “Americans accepted genocide” and stoled their identity in the process,” and still today, Native Americans are left out of white American nationalism (Baym 457). Have white Americans ever thought that Thanksgiving is offensive to other Americans? White Americans have lost their sensitivity, compassion, and ethical awareness, as they use Native Americans as objects.
Native Americans were made into object when white American natioanlism took their identity, using their name and their ancestors as a mascot. Their identity was stolen after white American nationalism took their voices. Native Americans could no longer sing their songs, dance their dance, or hunt on home ground when forced into reservations. They were uprooted and hushed to be governed by a government who made their murderer a national holiday. Columbus is a hero in the eyes of most white America who follow suit with their nationalism. White American Nationalism even took the Indian name, and the face of thier ancestos, giving it to the white children to use as a mascot, as if it was theirs to give. Now the white children call themselves Indian nation, proudly printed on t-shirts to honor their school (Fort Recovery School np). White American Nationalism has vainly replaced the real Indian nation who once lived upon this land as the real indians live in the boundries of their treaties. White American Nationalism owns the land, the identity and the ancestors of Native Americans. Native Americans are not objects; they are humans who are unethically treated and invisible amoung a white nation, living without clean water.
A Native American’s life is still invisible upon the Reservations to most white Americans. Does the nation know that many Native Americans do not have access to clean water? The water has been contaminated by mining companies that left long ago (Morales, 2019, np). Corporations that have never taken responsibility, nor were made to take responsiblity, for contaminating a fellow citizens water supply (Morales, 2019, np). So the people wait for a government, the state for 200 million dollars to make it right, the same government that created the treaties, the reservations, the holidays all supported by the white American people (Morales, 2019, np). My question is, what determines the wrongness of a nation’s particular actions? The wrongness that the Native Amercians have endured from a white nation.
Righting this wrong is a matter of collective action. It must come from the consciousness of the society and each individual to recognize how white American nationalism promotes unethical practices (May & Delston, 2016, p. 1). White America needs to become aware of the discriminating holiday’s that they practice every year and they also need to become aware that the Native Americans are American citizins who deserve to have clean water. Why would you want to practice an American holdiday when it does not support all of America? Why is it ok for a coropration to contaimate water so everyone else can have the benefits of what has been mined? Nevertheless, how do you get collective action to happen among a blind society and programmed individuals when rules, codes, and holidays accommodate white America? I think most people are unaware and desensitized in their institutional thought process. White America has become a product of their environment and go through life as business as usual. However, the lens needs reversing, rules, codes and holidays need to include all citizens of the United States, not just certain people. Social roles need to focus on everyone in the nation and not just the ones who have white faces.
Discrimination is the building block of this country, but when is white American Nationalism going to wake up. The past needs righted instead of continually living unaware of these unethical practices. Nationalism for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible (not invisible), with liberty and justice for ALL can only comes with awareness.
Bayman, N. (2013) The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. Julia Reidhead, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc
Fort Recovery High School (2019). “Fort Recovery School News Article”. Retrieved from http://www.fortrecoveryschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6323GY2&dasi=4GIU0
May, L & Delston, B, J. (2016). Human Rights. Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach Sixth Edition. 52-118. New York, NY. Routledge.
Morales, L (2019) “Many Native Americans Can’t Get Clean Water, Report Finds.” Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/2019/11/18/779821510/many-native-americans-cant-get-clean-water-report-finds?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&fbclid=IwAR0k4l9IGkLnKgeXDNGrhOn6bKYNY4iR6jtK_GSwauHsgqSziUtiMNP7HxY