Essay On Trail Of Tears

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Trail of Tears

What does “Nu na da ul tsun yi” mean in Choctaw? “Nu na da ul tsun yi” means “place where they cried”. What is a genocide? A genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. “The place where they cried” is where we get the name Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears consists of all eight stages that people use to classify a genocide.One of the major parts is Organization, or the plan to kill someone or something; this is usually done by the state or a military group.Another major stage is Preparation, or being separated out because of their ethnicity or religious belief.One of the last stages is, Extermination which is a mass killing of said party, it is called extermination because the people doing the killing believe a particular group are not worthy of life. The Trail of Tears is classified as a genocide because it meets all of the eight stages of genocide.
Stage 1: Classification.
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This is present in the Trail of Tears when the European settlers deemed indians as Redskins because of their skin tone. Indians were viewed as “Devil's spawn - for their skin color and the way they dressed” (an excerpt from Rise from the Ashes). They viewed the indians as demonic because they would wear animals as clothing. Because Europeans worshipped only one god and wore what they considered to be “suitable clothing”, they found the Indians to be heathens due to their worship of the earth and multiple deities. which leads us into our next stage of genocide. Symbolization.

Stage 2: Symbolization Symbolization, or giving names to the Classification. Classification and symbolization are universally human and do not necessarily result in genocide. In the genocide the Trail of tears Symbolization is not present.

Stage 3:
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