"Now the Indians. I will call them Indians because that’s what they are. First of all, it's important to know that the word Indian does not derive from Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached 'India'. India was not even called by that name in 1492, it was known as Hindustan.
'More likely the word Indian comes from Columbus’s description of the people he found here. He was Italian, and did not speak or write very good Spanish, so in his written account he called the Indians 'Una gente in Dios'. A people in God. In God. Indians. It's a perfectly noble and respectable word.
'As far as calling them 'Americans' is concerned, do I even have to point out what an insult this is? We steal their hemisphere, kill twenty or so millions of them destroy five hundred separate cultures, herd the survivors onto the worst land we can find, and now we want to name them after ourselves? It's appalling. Haven't we done enough damage? Do we have to further degrade them by tagging them with the repulsive name of their conquerors?
'You know, you think it would be a fairly simple thing to come over to this continent, commit genocide, eliminate the forests, dam up the rivers, build our malls and massage parlors, sell our blenders and whoopee cushions, poison ourselves with chemicals, and let it go at that. But no. We want to compound the insult.
'I'm glad the Indians have gambling casino's now. It makes me happy that dimwitted white people are losing their rent money to the Indian's. Maybe Indian's will get lucky and win their country back. Probably wouldn't want it. Look at what we did to it."
"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian."
"The woman and children huddled together, and most of our fire was concentrated on them....no wounded fell into our hands and we scalped everyone. In going over the battlefield the next day I did not see a body of [an Indian] man, woman, or child but was scalped, and in many instances the bodies were mutilated in the most horrible manner, they were scalped, and private parts were cut out. Many men were displaying women and girls private parts on sticks....over saddle brows, and on their hats while riding in the ranks....and the breasts were cut off and the soldiers were playing ball with them."
Lieutenant James D. Connor the New Mexico Volunteers 16 July 1876
(Explaining before the United States Senate the policy of "Extermination of The Indian" and the speedier the better its accomplishment)
"The Indians are so naive and free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask them for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary they offer to share with anyone. They would make fine servants.... With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want
'So tractable, so peaceful are these people, I swear to your Majesties there is no better Nation on earth. They love their neighbors as themselves, and their discourse is ever sweet and gentle, and accompanied with a smile, and though it is true they are naked, yet their manners are decorous and praiseworthy.... The People....are trusting and docile, just the right qualities to make excellent Slaves. In the name of the Blessed Trinity, we can send all the slaves that can be sold."
Excerpt from a letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella from Cristoforo Columbo
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