Red Jacket Thesis

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Before European influence reigned over the New World, indigenous peoples occupied and shared the western lands. Little blood shed took place among these tribes, and religion was never a topic that was debated. The Western World was a place of peace. However, that began to change when Europeans started arriving on Eastern Seaboard of what is now the United States. The arrival of these white, christian-proclaimed travelers led to much turmoil in the Americas. Much of what they preached amongst themselves, as well as to their “red brothers”, was not represented in their actions. Red Jacket, a Native American and member of the Seneca tribe, recognized this contrast in his new European neighbors. His speech directed to Jacob Cram at the beginning…show more content…
He says, “If we find it does them good, makes them honest and less disposed to cheat Indians, we will then consider again what you have said” (Stone, 1841). Even though Red Jacket had no idea of knowing the future, this statement really foreshadows the dark world Native Americans would have had ahead of them. White colonists majorly displaced and deceived Indigenous peoples, turning them against each other, resulting in many deaths and hardships. Even though this point is representing what is to come, the irony of the statement gives a great impact of how hypocritical the Christian colonists actually were. With hypocrisy comes self-contradiction. One of the major points Christian missionaries were pushing towards tribes was their idea that there is only one correct way to worship god (Stone, 1841). Red Jacket directly pointed out the contradiction in this. He states “If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it?” (Stone, 1841). This is a reference to the what seems to be constant debacle between denominations in the colonies. If there was only one correct way to serve god, why was there so much
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