In school and during most of my life I was lead to believe that Nazi Germany was one of, if not, the evilest empire on earth. From 1933 to 1945 Germany’s Nazi Party grew into a mass movement under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. In 1945 Hitler’s Nazi Party was outlawed and many of its top officials were convicted of war crimes related to the murder of some 6 million European Jews during the Holocaust. According to History.com Hitler’s evil empire lasted 12 years.
As evil as Germany’s Nazi Party was, let’s compare it to America’s democracy.’
In May 1607, 104 English men and boys picked Jamestown, Virginia as their settlement in what would become America. From the moment English colonists arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, they shared an uneasy relationship with the Native Americans (or Indians) who had thrived on the land for thousands of years. At the time, millions of indigenous people were scattered across North America in hundreds of different tribes. English customs like land ownership, to name just one, created a tense relationship that resulted in a bloody conflict known as the “First Indian War”. The Anglo–Powhatan Wars were three wars fought between settlers of the Virginia Colony and Algonquin Indians in the early seventeenth century. The first war started in 1610 and ended in a peace settlement in 1614. The second war lasted from 1622 to 1626. The third war lasted from 1644 until 1646 and ended when Opechancanough was captured and killed. That war resulted in a defined boundary between the Indians and colonial lands that could only be crossed for official business with a special pass. This situation lasted until 1677 and the Treaty of Middle Plantation which established Indian reservations. The English settlers arrived in 1607 and were at war 3 years later.
On January 9, 1918, in Southern Arizona near the border with Mexico at a place called Bear Valley, one of the last battles of the American Indian Wars (1540-1924) was fought. A force of about 30 US Army cavalry soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment shot it out with a force of about 30 Yaqui warriors, making this battle one of the last battles of the American Indian Wars fought between the main European settlers of what is now the United States and the Native Americans that originally lived in North America. Only the Posey War in 1923 in which 2 Native Americans were killed (with no White casualties) in Utah as Ute and Paiute tribes people were attacked by Mormon Utah residents while the tribes fled to Navajo Mountain and the end of the Renegade Period and Apache Wars in 1924 happened after the Battle of Bear Valley, although some sources list Bear Valley as the site of the last battle. The militarized portion of the Native American genocide began in 1610 and didn’t end until 1924, that’s 314 years.
Hundreds of thousands of enslaved Africans, aided in the establishment and survival of the colonies in the Americas after stealing enough Native American land. Many consider a significant starting point to slavery in America to be 1619, when the privateer The White Lion brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. The crew had seized the Africans from the Portuguese slave ship Sao Jao Bautista. Throughout the 17th century, European settlers in North America turned to enslaved Africans as a cheaper, more plentiful labor source than indentured servants, who were mostly poor Europeans. Though it is impossible to give accurate figures, some historians have estimated that 6 to 7 million enslaved people were imported to the New World during the 18th century alone, depriving the African continent of some of its healthiest and ablest men and women. On September 22, 1862, Lincoln issued a preliminary emancipation proclamation, and on January 1, 1863, he made it official that “slaves within any State or designated part of a State in rebellion shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”By freeing some 3 million enslaved people in the rebel states, the Emancipation Proclamation deprived the Confederacy of the bulk of its labor forces and put international public opinion strongly on the Union side. Though the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t officially end all slavery in America—that would happen with the passage of the 13th Amendment after the Civil War’s end in 1865—some 186,000 Black soldiers would join the Union Army, and about 38,000 lost their lives. African Americans were considered slaves in America from 1619 to 1865, that’s 246 years. However, what happened to these African Americans was worse than slavery and Christianity was used as a justification.
The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) marked the first U.S. armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil. It pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a “manifest destiny” to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. A border skirmish along the Rio Grande started the fighting and was followed by a series of U.S. victories. When the dust cleared, Mexico had lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. America calls it a war I call it a war crime.
To me, Nazi Germany takes a back seat to America when it comes to being evil because the Native Americans, African Americans and Mexicans are still experiencing genocide, racism, discrimination and second class citizenship in the year 2021.