I wanted to take the time to think and reflect upon my previous thoughts, particularly with regards to the sadness that was expressed – upon the histories that are being covered up, or that could lead to segments of particular populations being wiped out. We already see this happening with mass destructions, and when humanity is met with natural disasters. But the depth of sadness was real, and probably still is. As I later reflected, I realized and understood that the formation of the present is much dependant upon what one has learned. The institutions that one attends, that are the formation for social moldings. To mold the human mind, to a particular way of thought. But it is also with this arrival, the spirit of human mind to inquire and wonder why. What is just and unjust.
the spirit of human mind to inquire and wonder why. What is just and unjust. #ShaziaBlog #Quote #AmericanHistoryTweet
The journey began with the frustrations and the repeated cycles of social movements that arise at the forefront. A type of social marketing, that purports that only some segments of life are worth rallying for. This is where I found the need to understand American History more. The wanting made me realize, how much more there really is to know. But I don’t feel that one had lost, if thought processes have been swayed in a particular direction, because there is always gain through that. Seeing through the various lenses allows humans to formulate another view, opinion, argument and counter-arguments.
A type of social marketing #ShaziaBlog #Quote #AmericanHistoryTweet
The recent writings were reflective of my reading from the U.S. History Open Stax book. This book is actually a text book for students at the senior high school / first year university student levels. Whilst I have read many journal articles pertaining to U.S. history, I felt the need to build a foundation, through this general knowledge. As I am still within the early stages / chapters of this book as an independent study, there are many pieces of information that excite, but also created sadness. Sadness of the pieces of history that have been covered up, to create a certain kind of present.
Sadness of the pieces of history that have been covered up, to create a certain kind of present. #ShaziaBlog #Quote #AmericanHistoryTweet
- In 1515 – Le Casas a Spanish explorer denounced the treatment of the native people and called for new laws in place for the protection of the Native.
- Jesuits (Society of Jesus) including Jean de Brébeuf were particularly concerned about the effect of disease upon the natives.
- The French first came to the U.S.A and then later migrated to Quebec
- The European settlers were introduced to tobacco from the Natives of the American lands, and utilized tobacco for an economic source.
- The Catholic Spanish explorers discovered America, and introduced these lands to the Europe and Britain.
The above points contribute to the many list of findings through the chapter readings. These above points are not offered to sway anyone in a particular direction, but rather to offer a renewal of perspective. From my discoveries I am truly excited to learn how America was discovered by the Spanish, but I also felt that America was robbed from the finders, especially as later within history, many other countries claimed lands as colonies, but everyone forgot who actually found America. The above points also serve to reveal that there was a time within history when the Natives, Europeans, including: Spanish, Dutch and French, and the anglo-settlers from Britain, were able to create harmonious relations.
We have reached a pivotal time within history, where we must acknowledge, and put a stop to the ignorance that has led to the creation of racial divisions, tensions and divides. And think about what we can learn as we trace histories that are being diminished. To understand that as we hear, learn and know of harsh histories, there were individuals who cared enough to stand-up for what was perceived as unjust.
think about what we can learn as we trace histories that are being diminished. #ShaziaBlog #Quote #AmericanHistoryTweet
A Note Of Hope! Within these discoveries what continues to excite me is that these histories are real. They are significant. There is still time to preserve, conserve and learn. And it within the discoveries what we do at present day, to create a new, a future should always continue to inspire.
Notes – These thoughts were originally hand-written on August 12th, 2020.
My thoughts to share with love & kindness! 🙂