Howard Zinn takes the perspective that Christopher Columbus is not the hero that many people perceive him to be. He views him as a cruel and greedy leader who went to the Americas causes death in his wake for his unquenchable search for gold. Columbus took advantage of the Native Americans because at first they were "so naive and so free with their possessions"() by forcing them to collect gold for him else face the punishment of death. While Columbus may or may have not been as heartless as he is made out to be, he is not truly the one to blame for the harsh treatment of the natives on the Caribbean Islands. Almost every other European (at that time) that could have been in his position would have undoubtedly done the same things as Columbus.
Vespucci did not come to the island to kill, he came there to meet new people and possibly learn and trade with them. The natives had attacked first, which resulted in backfire from Vespucci out of self defense. Vespucci had a just reason to “murder” the people, and even then he just wanted to scare them off since they had been so kind to him and his men
They celebrate what they believe is the birth and discovery story of the Americas. Therefore, many are surprised to learn who Columbus was and the cruelties of his actions and his pursuits. Columbus Day is meant to be a day celebrating our country’s origin, however not only did Christopher Columbus not discover America, but he didn’t provide any new or useful information to European explorers of the time. The one thing he did do, though, was promoting terrorism and genocide, which even to this day has had an impact on Americans. In other words,
That even though the robbers were criminals, leaving them behind to die would make him no better than murders. Huck Finn was able to make ethical choices through his conscience instead of through God’s guide. Another example of making moral decisions without religion is shown through Jim’s actions. Jim ,an uneducated runaway slave, relies on his superstitions rather than religion to make judgements. When Huck and Jim came across a flooded house with a dead man laying on the floor, Jim was quick to “throw some old rags over him to prevent Huck from seeing the “gashly” looking dead man (50).
This is exactly what happened to Obierika when the colonists came, when he did nothing besides prove that just thinking about things won’t change anything. Obierika had multiple moral qualms about his native Igbo culture. They would kill or exile innocent people in the name of pleasing their land’s gods. This first showed when Okonkwo, his best friend, asked Obierika why he had not come along to kill Ikemefuna, the sacrifice boy from another village. “Because I did not want to….
When Okonkwo was faced with his enemies, he makes a rash decision and kills the messenger. This was a fateful act because it could urge Umuofia to attack the missionaries, but Umuofia decided to not go to war. Okonkwo explains how the white missionaries have come in and converted all the Igbo people into their religion until their own tribes become too weak to fight back against them. The white missionaries described by Okonkwo, “brought a lunatic religion, but he had also built a trading store
Andrew Jackson is guilty of crimes against humanity because of his harsh treatment towards the natives and belief in equality for white men. When Jackson was being questioned by the Prosecution, it was established that he used fear to make the Natives Americans sign treaties that pushed them west. When the Native Americans wanted to negotiate these treaties they were either ignored or assaulted. Osceola explained that when he was going over for peace talks, the army captured and killed him. He also said that “Jackson called us his children but didn’t actually treat us like children.” By killing one of his “children” this supports that Jackson didn’t actually care about the well being of the Indians.
Put every man his sword on his thigh… and each man kill his brother and each man his fellow and each man his kin.’” (Ex 32:27-28) which results in some 3,000 Levites being slaughtered. In addition, the specific reason behind Machiavelli supporting Moses takes up in arms, is that he is killing his potential rivals, and therefore doing it for the good of the group. Machiavelli believed that the creation of the Golden Calf was by those that were envious of Moses, that this creation of an idol was done to regain some control over the group. If his rivals could create a different god, one that favored themselves instead of Moses and was more palatable for the people, they could now become the chosen leader, and cast out Moses. This would allow them to gain control of a vast number of people, that now that Moses has done the extremely difficult work of
Jack’s gruesome chant shows that he has already turned into a savage because it wasn’t necessary for him to sing such vile words, but he did it anyway. Finally, right after Jack kills Simon in a frenzy, he says, “He came – disguised. He may come again even though we gave him the head of our kill to eat.” (Golding 160). Clearly, Jack and his mask
They blindly listened to men who said that their god was going to give them land by “waging war on the inhabitants.” They looked up to someone who thought it was acceptable to kill the natives of the land like stepping on an ant. However, they would not question this way of thinking even if they found it a little bit violent because they were scared that their “prayers would be turned into curses.” However, they continued on their journey without questioning the fact that they carelessly tossed around human beings like toys. The current beliefs of the majority in the 21st century explain that there is no humane way to
“‘Never kill a man who says nothing. Those men of Abame were fools. What did they know about the man?’”(Achebe 140). This results to fear is destructive is because the result of this action results in the white man killing the Clan of Abame. This is destructive as you don’t want something to to control your life actions.