The Mass Murder Of Native Americans Essay

1275 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
In some schools across America, the mass murder of Native Americans in California during the nineteenth century is taught as an inevitable, necessary evil (Discussion). However, this notion is false. The mass murder of the Native Americans was systematic and calculated, carried out by white settlers through attacks on the lives, livelihoods, homes, and cultures of the natives. According to both Raphael Lemkin and the United Nations, these actions were genocidal. In the work, Murder State, by Brendan Lindsay, Lindsay, using the definitions created by Lemkin and the United Nations, effectively categorizes this mass extermination of the Native Americans in California as a genocide. Both Raphael Lemkin and the United Nations stated that a genocide involves “a conspiracy” or “intent” to annihilate a group of people based on “national, ethnical, racial, or religious” background (“Genocide”, UN). As white settlers emigrated to California, their inveterate fear of the Native Americans, their belief in the “savagery, depravity, and racial inferiority” of the Natives, and their desire for the Natives’ land, resulted in a hatred of the natives and a desire to eliminate them from the picture (Lindsay 95). Consequently, the killing of Natives was incentivized. For example, certain companies were hired to operate over the course of three months to “clean out any Native people they” could find (Lindsay 211). Because these companies received supplies and care from the towns in which they…

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