Friday, June 02, 2006

Not a Nation of Immigrants

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz- feminist, revolutionary and historian- succintly deconstructs the myth of the United States being 'a nation of immigrants'.

Misrepresenting the process of European colonization of North America, making everyone an immigrant, serves to preserve the "official story" of a mostly benign and benevolent USA, and to mask the fact that the pre-US independence settlers, were, well, settlers, colonial setters, just as they were in Africa and India, or the Spanish in Central and South America. The United States was founded as a settler state, and an imperialistic one from its inception ("manifest destiny," of course).
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1 comment:

Renegade Eye said...

When the first colonists came to the USA, English was not the official language, and the new arrivals were not asked for green cards.