An Indian 's Looking Glass For The White Men Essay

842 Words Sep 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Christian morals advocate equality within man. The intention is to treat human beings as you would yourself; a hierarchy does not dictate your social class. However, this was not the case during the 1830’s, where Christian white men barbarically mistreated Native Americans. In William Apess’ essay “An Indian 's Looking-Glass For The White Men” he contradicts the Christian faith. Apess was a profound Methodist minister, author, and religious leader who lived in Massachusetts. Using his vast expertise on religion with pious homilies, Apess intricately highlights the injustice towards Native Americans in his sermon. Apess states, “Can you charge the Indians with robbing a nation almost of their whole Continent, and murdering their women and children, and then depriving the remainder of their lawful rights that nature and God require them to have?” (669). Apess points out the violence Native American received by the white men. Although, Apess is propitious for Native Americans; he argues in favor for them and feels compassionate towards their struggles. Apess questions “Now I will ask, if the Indians are not called the most ingenious people amongst us? And are they not said to be men of talents?” (667). Apess insists that Native Americans are actually genuine people, with innovation, and a developed thought process. Furthermore, Apess points out the hypocrisy in the Christian faith, contradicting Christian beliefs that the white men supposedly “upheld.” Using coherent arguments,…

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