Tuesday, May 15, 2012
American (history) Lies
I'll just leave this here. It's from Cracked.com, which is a blog that loves to publish articles in the form of listed items... usually the 5 or 10 or whatever number of some nerdy theme. Sometimes they publish interesting things, like this article about the Monkey Sphere.
The specific article I want to talk a little bit about today though, is titled the 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe about the Founding of America. The title is a little misleading, as the 6 items are actually more about the 6 lies we (Americans) believe about American Indians, the discovery of America, and Pilgrims, not so much about the founding of the United States of America. Either way, this article can be placed in the history category and highlights some of the same sorts of things Howard Zinn, and James Loewen have been talking about for years.
This of course is more of the same in a recurring theme around here, the misinterpretation of facts used to prop up the status quo, oppression, etc. When I hear people (politicians, talking heads, media, angry protesters, etc) talking about old school American values, founding fathers, and what this country should stand for, I think back to things like this article. If people are unaware of the real truths behind the history of the "new world" what else have we been lead to believe about the rest of our collective history? Also, Vikings! Who doesn't like Vikings?