My post on Native Americans rewritten using only words from Shakespeare’s time:
Americans are those people who have been living in America for the past 15,000 years.
What follows is about those who live in the part of America that now (in 2016) is known as the United States (US). It is directly west across the ocean from Spain and north-western Africa. Today only one person in a hundred in the US is American.
Land: Taken by the English between 1607 and 1890, by murder, war, disease, broken treaty and so on. Some Americans were made to leave their land, like in the Long Walks and the Trails of Tears.
Reservations are the bits of land Americans have left. They are controlled by the US government, which favours, say, mining companies over Americans.
Way of life: mainly English. That comes from the time when the US government took American children from their parents and made them go to faraway US schools. There they were made to dress, speak and worship like the US English. For years Americans had no freedom of religion. Some American languages are dead or dying out.
Sovereignty means control of their own government, laws, land, schools, etc. In law, American governments are equal to the US government. But in practice, few US judges honour the treaties the US has made.
US Africans can be seen as a nation within the US, but they tend to see themselves not in terms of sovereignty but civil rights: being equal before US law.
Compared to the English, Americans, like Africans, are more likely to:
- be beat up, killed or thrown in prison by US authorities;
- be forced to go bad US schools;
- be out of work;
- be poor;
- have shorter lives;
- be seen as no good, even through their own eyes.
Like Africans, Americans are called names by the English. Unlike Africans, they are far more likely to kill themselves.
Americans have much the same view of the English as Africans do, like that they:
- look down on you;
- say one thing and do another;
but add to it:
- see the universe and Americans in a deadened way;
- treaty rights;
- universal rights of native people.
The English tend to see Americans as savages, whether noble or cruel, as being backwards and violent. They tend to see themselves as the best people in all of history. So much so that if you are different in any way, they often assume there must be something wrong with you.
The lies taught at US schools (in 2007):
- America was almost empty in 1491;
- Americans were backwards, too backwards to learn how to farm;
- Americans are incapable of change.
- The English had little choice but to kill Americans or remove them from their land.
These are galling and self-serving. In 1491, for example, most Americans were farmers. The land was no emptier than it was in, say, 1845. It was the Americans who taught the English how to plant corn, now the main food they grow. It was Americans who got it to grow well in what is now the US.
– Abagond, 2016.
- Native Americans
- Milahanska – the English
- Non-Shakespearean words I commonly use
- The term: