Monday, April 16, 2007

Perspective

Today is Monday, 16 April 2007.

“The worst mass shooting in U.S. history.”

Thus Wolf Blitzer on CNN, regarding the killing of ca. 31 today at Virginia Tech.

Fell free to chime in with your favorite mass murder, but let me start the ball rolling: the Massacre, by the U.S. Army with rapid-firing artillery, of the Miniconjou band of the Lakota at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on 29 December 1890.

300+ murdered.

And it’s really a toss-up: were more Native Americans murdered, or more African Americans murdered, in the conquest and subjugation of the USA/USA?

Odds are: the gunperson today will turn out to be a victim of mental illness. Such is usually the case when killings are retail.

Those leaders responsible for the wholesale holocausts of Native America and Slavery have no such excuse: they were just in it for power and profit.

1 Comments:

Anonymous NET said...

Damn it, can you give it a rest? "Your favorite mass murder?" Come on! What kind of comment is that? Focus on the present, why don't you. Yes, mass murders of Native Americans and Americans of African descent were innumerable and a shameful reflection on our past. But your transition from today's events to decades and centuries past is not appropriate.

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