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Where Is Our Pride?

  In the United States we say that we have (or have had) pride in our country. What do we really have pride in? Are we proud of what has been done and continues to be done to the Native People who lived/live in “our” country?    Can we honestly say that genocide was not committed in the 1600’s, 1700’s, 1800’s, 1900’s?   Can we honestly say that today, in 2021 we are making amends in any substantive way to the Native People who still live in “our” country?    How are we helping me it (also) their country? --- Is our pride for our founding fathers? George Washington had 18 slaves when he was 18 years old. Thomas Jefferson’s “wife” for much of his life was his slave.” “Democracy” to these men was only for landowning white men. Are all these types of things meaningless, related to the good that they did? --- Slavery was welcomed by northern commercial interests who profited from it.    Are we proud of Abraham Lincoln “freeing the slaves”? “I am not, nor ever have b