If Harry Reid is so intent on helping Indians, then instead of removing their name from the Washington Redskins football franchise, he should remove racist Democrat president Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill.
Andrew Jackson is so hated by some Indians, they won’t accept a $20 bill for payment because it has Jackson’s face on it.
You’d think Harry Reid and his Senate have better things to do, than what this video suggests:
Democrats don’t like discussing their history of “ethnic cleansing,” led by Andrew Jackson. Though Democrats have done a masterful job of deflecting slavery onto Republican, they don’t want to open the can of worms of ethnic oppression of Indians.
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So I will open it for them.
Andrew Jackson called Indians “savages.” He was upset that the Indians would actually fight so hard to protect their lands from the tolerant, minority-loving humanitarians Democrats who wanted to forcibly take it.
The outcome was the Trail of Tears. The forced relocation of Indian nations from southeastern parts of the United States followed the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
But there were many tribes who fought back, specifically the Choctaw for which the Trail of Tears is named. Their removal came by force in 1831. And in their forced removal, thousands of Indians died of exposure, disease, and starvation in route to their destinations.
Adding insult to injury, the Indians’ homes were burned, their property destroyed and plundered. Farms were won by white settlers in a lottery.
When Georgia moved to extend state laws over the Cherokee lands in 1830, the matter went to the Supreme Court. In Worcester v. Georgia (1832), the Court ruled that Georgia could not impose laws in Cherokee territory, since only the national government — not state governments — had authority in Indian affairs.
To this Andrew Jackson commented:
John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it! … Build a fire under them. When it gets hot enough, they’ll go.
Private John G. Burnett later wrote,
“Future generations will read and condemn the act and I do hope posterity will remember that private soldiers like myself, and like the four Cherokees who were forced by General Scott to shoot an Indian Chief and his children, had to execute the orders of our superiors. We had no choice in the matter.”
I fought through the War Between the States and have seen many men shot, but the Cherokee Removal was the cruelest work I ever knew. – Georgia removal soldier
Democrats complain today about the cost of fighting wars on other continents, citing the loss of life as well as costs. Well here is something to think consider about the Democrats ethnic cleansing that created a war against the Indians.
By virtue of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, Jackson had authority from Congress to negotiate Indian treaties, and he orchestrated, by force to get all but one group of Indians to sign the various treaties.
Since the Seminole Indians in Florida resisted relocation, the U.S. waged war against them. The St. Augustine Militia asked the War Department for 500 muskets. Five hundred volunteers were mobilized under Brig. Gen. Richard K. Call.
Indian war parties raided farms and settlements, causing settler’s families fled to forts, large towns, or out of the territory altogether. A war party led by Indian chief Osceola even managed to capture a Florida militia supply train, killing eight of its guards and wounding six others.
Sugar plantations along the Atlantic coast south of St. Augustine were destroyed, with many of the slaves on the plantations joining the Seminoles. To no avail.
The war ended in 1842, after a decade of fighting. The U.S. government is estimated to have spent about $20,000,000 on the war, equal to almost $500 billion today.
Nevertheless, the Seminoles of the Everglades remain the only Indian tribe who never signed a treaty with the U. S. government.
If the Seminoles are owed any money by the Fed, you can bet they won’t accept payment in $20 bill.