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Why were Americans so cruel to Native Americans?

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It's not just Americans. Look through history, all conquerers were cruel to those they conquered.

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Yeah but conquerors were just one person, there are millions of Americans who were jerks to Native Americans back then, and there are millions of Americans who would probably be a jerk to me since I'm not "white".
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Conquerers were just one person?
Look what the Egyptians did to the Jews. What the nazis did to " lesser people" in the countries they conquered. What the Anglo Saxons did in britian.
For that matter look at what the Indians did to the people that were here before them
As for people treating you poorly, some will, some won't for a myriad of reasons.
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You probably stand a better chance of being treated poorly by other non-"white" minorities. But I guess it feels good to hate "whites", eh?
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Yeah, and I hate whites more than ever by participating in History class and playing Assassin's Creed 3.
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Then stop playing games and try reality
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they saw them as sub human

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Americans were optimistic back then. They saw a chance to make their country spread from 13 Colonies previously owned by Great Britain, into a large and prosperous country.
The Native Americans were considered nuisances.
It really makes me want to punch the mean Non-Native Americans in the face, ya know?

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That's mature...
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Maturity is overrated.
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You kids sure are learning some crap in school.
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Yeah, okay.
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There is so much not taught about American Indians! They were called witches too, but they don't teach that either.
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No, they do not.
All history is told through some point of view.
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Native Americans were deemed savages & uncivilized by early Europeans.

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Which was silly, especially with the natural medical knowledge they had & energy they understood.
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because of the curse.

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Well, Americans followed their ways and the Native Americans followed their ways! But another reason would be because of their color and religion!

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Manifest destiny

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Same reason native Americans were so cruel to the Settlers.

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Protecting their land?? Their resources & food chain? Their families? Revenge for being tricked?
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Scalping innocent women and children? It goes both ways.
Did you forget we traded with them too and it wasn't all theft?
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Revenge is fine if you do it to the people that actually hurt you. How did the children hurt them? How did people just passing through hurt them? Why did they attack wagon trains?
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Big red you're right for once. There's no excuse for murdering innocents. As the US did in bombing cities in WWII and Vietnam.
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IMHO u r a liberal I can tell
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How did you know? Too many big words?
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Those bombs we dropped in Japan were on people who were building bombs and weapons to kill us. Read your history a little deeper. Both cities had bomb making factories.
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I not only read some history, I took a college course on Japanese history. But any one with common sense would know that not everyone in those cities was making bombs. I'd bet a lot more Japanese women and children were killed by US bombs than white women and children were scalped by the Indians.
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Ownership of land.

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Nature is cruel. The "native Americans" themselves wiped out lots of interesting mega fauna species when they came over from Asia.

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Some were peaceful but most of them were savages

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There's been plenty of savagery from whites. Incidentally, at the risk of being labelled "PC", I want to let you know that calling "native Americans" "savages" is historically associated with white racism, and makes you look racist, even tho you say some weren't savages.
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Have them scalp u and then see who's talking
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