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Our own Holocaust deserves a museum


I haven’t written much lately because of the feeling of futility. All writing is work and eventually you have to ask what good does it do? On top of that, some friends have expressed concern for my well-being, saying I’m brave to criticize the government all the time. I don’t consider myself brave, just disgusted with my government and my society.

I’m writing today to ask for a Holocaust museum for Native Americans. The dislocation and persecution of Jews in mid-20th century Europe by a manifest destiny-driven German regime lasted only a decade, and look at all the hoopla over that. The manifest destiny-driven American government persecuted Native Americans for 200 years. They were dislocated just like the Jews, herded together, starved and massacred by several means including the military massacres of unarmed women and children for which medals of honor were handed out. Some of the United States’ past behavior, and yes, present behavior, is so disgusting it is hard for citizens to face.

I’m not writing today to criticize our government. I’m writing to ask for something that can be beneficial for our society. I want there to be a Holocaust museum for Native Americans. There is ample material to fill any size museum wall-to-wall.

Why isn’t it done? Why hasn’t our government apologized for the massacres? Why is it so hard for contemporary society to be honest about its own past?

Oh, we can criticize the Germans so easily, but to even contemplate a Holocaust museum for our own citizens to be honored is inconceivable. Is our own society just one big ball of hypocrisy? Does this writing do any good? Are we just a birdbrained flock of ostriches with our heads stuck in the ground?

Edward L. Barlow


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