Update, Sep. 29, 2016: I have come to realize that the ironic attitude of this post is inappropriate and insensitive to Native people. I retract and repudiate it.
To equate the struggles of predominantly white, middle-class homeowners with the historical genocide of Native peoples in America is ludicrous, grossly inappropriate, and offensive. The fact that I would do so, even rhetorically, is a marker of my unconscious privilege as a white man.
I stand by my contention that the worldwide financial empire will treat people of all races with “broken promises, sharp dealing, and ultimately brute force,” (cf. Chris Hedges: Police Killings Won’t Stop) but I will find another way to make my point.
P.S. I am leaving the post on the site to provide a record of the change.
Broken promises, sharp dealing, and ultimately brute force.
Early in the 19th century, while the rapidly-growing United States expanded into the lower South, white settlers faced what they considered an obstacle. This area was home to the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chicasaw and Seminole nations. These Indian nations, in the view of the settlers and many other white Americans, were standing in the way of progress. Eager for land to raise cotton, the settlers pressured the federal government to acquire Indian territory.
Indian Removal: 1814 – 1858
—from the PBS archive.
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Update – May 9, 2016: I’m not the only one who sees parallels between the imperial genocide of Andrew Jackson’s Indian Wars and the behavior of modern neoliberal governments toward people who are in their way.