January 17, 2013
"The Indians must conform to the white man’s ways … The tribal relations should be broke up, socialism destroyed, and the family and autonomy of the individual substituted."

Thomas J. Morgan, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1889, quoted in Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, by Chris Hedges.

Although it’s well known that subjugation of Native Americans was quite literally the official policy of the United States at one time, it nonetheless shocks the conscience to see the words on paper. ┬áCountless human lives boiled down to an brief, abstract expression of cultural imperialism.

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