Native American Castigation

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Ralph Ellison once surmised that, “life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” Historical documents exhibit the horrific experiences that Native Americans underwent in terms of being controlled and treated with inhumane behaviors. Due to this unfortunate phenomenon, the voices of the Natives that desired to share their experiences have been lost and forgotten, as they were deemed insubstansial and appointed to a lower status. Throughout literature, the other has been a term used to appoint to individuals with contrasting opinions on race, sexual orientation, origin, and various other classifications to minoritize a specific group. Illustrations from pre-1960s ethnography highlights a paramount constituent of othering - divergence within societies are emphasized while similiarities are shadowed. It is less challenging to legitimize authority over another class when the clique being controlled appears to possess little in common with the association executing power. Native Americans should not have existed as the observed as their narratives were shadowed throughout literature and were not considered to be paramount until recently. The castigations that Olaudah Equiano endured throughout his journey exemplifies the notion of otherness that created an element of exclusivity within his world. Despite Equiano serving in the British Navy and actively reporting for duty in Canada and the Mediterranean in the French
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