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Buffalo Soldier burial used to Whitewash ‘Red Indian’ genocide

Buffalo Soldiers kill Native Americans on the Trail of Tears

Buffalo Soldiers kill Native Americans on the Trail of Tears

In 1889, he was part of a small detachment assigned to protect a U.S. Army pay wagon, which was caught in an ambush by a band of bandits. A gunfight ensued and almost all the soldiers were wounded or killed. Mays was shot in both legs. The bandits made off with $29,000 in gold coins. (via Buffalo Soldier gets Arlington burial after 100 years – CNN.com).

After the American Civil War, as African slaves in America were ‘freed’, they were left with little or no economic opportunities. Except killing. In the US Armed forces. As Buffalo soldiers. To kill ‘Red Indians’.

A 100 years later, CNN still describes these ‘Red Indians’ fighting for their survival as ‘bandits’. But the White colonizers and aggressors were the ‘brave’ frontiersmen’ whose ‘saga’ is told and re-told in countless ‘cowboy’ books and ‘Westerns’ by Hollywood.

Will the ‘Desert Bloc’ ever stop these killings or whitewashing these genocides? Of course, there will always be the apology option!!

  1. February 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Keep telling that history:

    Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, “RaPR”, a great story of black military history…the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never’ let them ‘know’ their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial…and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

    I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn’t like telling our stories…its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890’s, “spread the word”.


  2. Galeo Rhinus
    February 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    After the American Civil War, as African slaves in America were ‘freed’, they were left with little or no economic opportunities.

    Actually this is not true. In fact – after the slaves were freed – there were no laws that restricted them in any form for about 8 years until 1874.. The period between 1866-1874 was perhaps the time when African Americans were the “freest” in America. The freed slaves started businesses, schools, printing presses – remember they were free – because the government had not created any race specific laws after slavery was abolished.

    This quickly changed. The KKK, a private group of people, started attacking the freed slaves. This is where the government got dragged in… in the beginning the local police actually protected the freed slaves… arresting the KKK members who attacked. This changed – when the democratic party – whose several members were KKK – decided that “enough was enough.” The Jim Crow laws started cropping up from 1874 – that essentially created the modern american segregated society that was carefully crafted by the government machinery.

    Post 1960 – the laws changed – but the government machinery remained mired in race… even today.

    Other than 1866-1874 American laws have *never* been race blind.

    I would not dismiss that period so easily.

  3. February 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

    To extend your argument further – and your own theory about ‘progress’.

    For a brief period between 1947-1957, a ‘fractionally’ free India reversed many colonial legacies – laws, policies and systems.

    After the 1956, electoral challenge to the Congress, from 1957, began a statist-socialist advance.

    This sparked the Mohammed Rafi song – Chal ud je ray panchi, Yeh desh hua begaana चल उड़ जा रे पंछी, के अब यह देस हुआ बेगाना from Bhabhi (1957) – starring Balraj Sahni, Nanda, Jagdeep, Durga Khote et al. Music was Chitragupt and lyrics were Rajendra Krishan.

    Would that 10 year interregnum justify turning a blind eye to the advancement of the State thereafter – and earlier. The logic for the increased role of the Indian State – it was a stop gap measure towards a longer term movement towards freedom.

    After 1957, 20 years later, after the 1977 electoral verdict, the second step was taken towards a decrease in the state’s role. Aided significantly by a comfortable forex position due to Bombay High oil discovery.

    From 1977, the Indian State has ceded space to the people at an increasing pace. I will not make the mistake of calling the post-1977 change as ‘progress’, ever since you have made it into a four letter word.

    The 1991 PVN-MMS Liberalization was a sub-set in that movement.

    As for the future, आगे का हाल पर्दे पर!

    PS – At best, the brief period of freedom that was ‘given’ to newly freed slaves, was a ‘mistake’ by the Whites – for which they made amends, and more!

  4. Galeo Rhinus
    February 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I think it is best to keep these two discussion separate…

    …about India.

    You are making a case for progress within India… and undoubtedly there has been change and progress. (progress as in an improvement – not as a four letter word 🙂 Obviously within the confines of the desert bloc polity – there have been “good” and “bad” frameworks… clearly democracy is amongst the better frameworks within the desert bloc ideals. (of course one can argue that it is more illusory and therefore even more dangerous)

    Indic polity was different.

    Therefore, what I claim and continue to hold is that this progress has largely been within the framework of a foreign polity… therefore, even if things continue to improve – as long as India stays within this framework – India will remain mired with problems that the desert bloc has demonstrated through the centuries.

    I am simply calling for the removal of the desert block ideals from Indic polity – not a reformation within desert bloc principles. Now this removal does not need to happen overnight – nor does it need to happen by force… it could very well be a slow process… but I don’t see any evidence to suggest that India’s path since 1947 is slowly or otherwise heading towards embracing Indic polity.

    The illusion of ‘progress’ prevents people from understanding this… as you have so perfectly demonstrated with your arguments here 🙂

    While I don’t see any evidence, I do see a promise of a transformation… and that alone keeps me optimistic.

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