Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality
This essay considers how federal policy has construction a criminal justice system that disproportionately scrutinizes and punishes indigenous people as an extension of the colonial project.
The United States may not have written the book on
ethnic cleansing, but it certainly provided several of its
most stunning chapters, particularly in its treatment of
the American Indian . .. . Americans, as de Tocqueville
long ago recognized, are a future oriented people with a
short historical memory. And the accepted, widely taught
versions of history are written by the victors, presented in
schools as sanitized costume pageantry. This is especially
true when the victory is as total as that of America's
forefathers over American Indians, who were nearly
"cleansed" from an entire continent-an outcome the likes
of which Bosnia's Serbs can only dream.
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