What was America's worst act of discrimination?

Who got it worst?


  • Total voters
    71

Commander

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,362
Jacksonville, FL
What was America's worst act of discrimination?

For the sake of discussion, when I listed African American's let's say post Civil War/slavery ... because I think it would be a pretty unanimous vote with slavery involved.
 
Jun 2006
254
Montana Mountains
I still think it was African Americans, even if we aren't counting slavery. They went through some very hard times even after they were "freed". They were still segregated up till the 60s/70s.
 
Jun 2006
368
Earthquake Central
I'm going to go with Native Americans. Slaves of the time were considered property, so most slave owners had some invested intrest in keeping them alive. Indians where seen as savages who should be pushed away, ignored or outright killed.
 

Belisarius

Forum Staff
Jun 2006
10,359
U.K.
Having recently read up on the American Revolution and it's aftermath, it might not be too contentious to call the treatment of the indians, a genocide. Those that weren't slaughtered outright were forced to flee from their farmlands, and died of starvation and disease. Possibly not the best moment in American history.
 
Jun 2006
268
This reminds me of a Dane Cook skit on UFOs on his comedy cd...

We get a little ha, we get a little cocky, what if this happens, oh my god,
what if this happens.
what if the mother ship, (booooooom) comes over middle america,
and we're all sitting watching tv,
all the news crews are focus'd in and were sitting there watching,
what if when the hatches finally open (chaaaaa)
outta the UFO's come thousands of 100 foot native american indians?!

We're gonna be watching like.. F*** those are huge indians.
Please tell me there not giant indians, god damnit there huge indians,
alright good game america, we had some fun huh?

Hi giant indians, we did some ****...and...uhhhh....ah aha ha.
.....could you show us how to make giant corn!!??

well, with that said.. I'm going to vote for Native Americans too.
 
Jul 2006
314
Massachusetts
Belisarius said:
Having recently read up on the American Revolution and it's aftermath, it might not be too contentious to call the treatment of the indians, a genocide. Those that weren't slaughtered outright were forced to flee from their farmlands, and died of starvation and disease. Possibly not the best moment in American history.
I don't disagree with you, Belisarius. Let's keep in mind, however, that all of history is one big land grab. Europeans had been fighting each other tooth and nail over land for a thousand years before they arrived here. The native americans had been fighting each other's tribes for at least that long, as well. It just happened that the Europeans had way superior technology and resistance to some nasty viruses that the NA's had never been exposed to. That combination made the war for this territory a slaughter, if not genocide.

But really, if the NA's had possessed comparable weapons, and hadn't died from disease, then maybe they would be running North America today, and the Europeans would be, I don't know, running the casinos?

Chris--
 
Jun 2006
111
Charleston
I am surprised to see not many people picked African Americans. They were beaten and hanged for hundreds of years. The thing about it is Native Americans were able to fight back, blacks were not. If we're talking about discrimination, I think the answer has to be African Americans. Up until just a few decades ago, blacks were always treated as second class citizens.
 
Jul 2006
10
Paradise
tedkaw said:
I still think it was African Americans, even if we aren't counting slavery. They went through some very hard times even after they were "freed". They were still segregated up till the 60s/70s.
I completely agree. The separate fountains, school, bathrooms, etc. All of that is crap.
 

Lord_Cronus

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,047
Georgia
cptJACK said:
I am surprised to see not many people picked African Americans. They were beaten and hanged for hundreds of years. The thing about it is Native Americans were able to fight back, blacks were not. If we're talking about discrimination, I think the answer has to be African Americans. Up until just a few decades ago, blacks were always treated as second class citizens.
The bulk of the populatin in the south during the Civil War was black. If they had known then what they know now, I can assure you there would have been a slave uprising. But let me present this argument, while they didn't have the easiest life they did have a home and were being fed. It's not like they were left to fend for themselves, they'd be useless if they died. John Brown tried to start an uprising, but there just wasn't enough interest from the black community then.