It is very unsettling to admit, but there are a lot of crazy people in this world. Some can be ignored and left alone to mutter to wander around in their tinfoil hats and scream and scream about extraterrestrial anal probes.
However, some crazy people are truly dangerous because they have the means to spread their crazy messages to the world. Political commentator, filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza has emerged as one of those dangerous people. In a recent appearance on Fox News, D’Souza openly denied that the Native American people were victims of genocide at the hands of the United States government.
“The Native American population shrunk by 80 percent over 150 years. The main reason for that was not because of warfare or systematic killing, it’s because the White Man brought with him, from Europe, diseases to which the Native Americans did not have any immunities and so they perished in large numbers. . . Genocide is when you intend to wipe out people.”
This and other similar comments were made while debating Bill Ayers, co-founder of the radical anti-war group Weather Underground, on Fox’ The Kelly File with Meghan Kelly.
D’Souza is either extremely naive or just plain ignorant.
Open any American History book and start reading – Manifest Destiny, The Indian Removal Act, The Trail of Tears, Little Bighorn, Wounded Knee – there are pages upon pages documenting the terrible measures our government used against the Native Americans.
Ayers countered D’Souza, saying that there’s nothing wrong with recognizing our mistakes as a country and take responsibility for our actions.
“[The government] intended to wipe out the people and steal their land and they did both. We did commit genocide against the Native Americans. . . Don’t be so afraid of the fact that we did terrible, terrible things in our history and in order to get right with the world we have to repair those injuries.”
In this instance Ayers is right. It’s never easy to admit when you’ve made a mistake. It’s much harder to do so when you’re the country that considers itself to be the best of the best and the defender of Democracy around the world. Hey America! You’re a great country, own up to your mistakes and use the lessons learned to do better in the future.
Watch Dinesh D’Sousa claim the Native American genocide never happened.
D’Sousa makes his ridiculous claim at the 5:55 mark.