Amerindians at various times and places over the last five hundred years were imprisoned and executed without trial or recourse, enslaved, tortured, relocated without consent, treated as inferior human beings, subjected to deliberate genocide, and demonized by monstrous lies; children were removed from families; properties were confiscated by the state without compensation, cultures were destroyed and so on."
Those guilty of crimes against humanity during the reign of Hitler were brought to trial at Nuremberg. The US denounced the crimes wrought during Stalin's dictatorship; the basis for the Cold War. But the crimes against Amerindians have never been officially told to the mainstream, never included in the history books taught in public schools, and most heinous, the thousands of criminals responsible for those crimes never brought to trial. And it still continues. WHY?
The following is part of the opening statement at the Nuremberg Trials. It should have been spoken in another courtroom in another time to punish the crimes against humanity wrought against the natives peoples of this entire hemisphere:
"The privilege of opening the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world imposes a grave responsibility. The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.The privilege of opening the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world imposes a grave responsibility. The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated. That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason.
Merely as individuals their fate is of little consequence to the world. What makes this inquest significant is that these prisoners represent sinister influences that will lurk in the world long after their bodies have returned to dust. We will show them to be living symbols of racial hatreds, of terrorism and violence, and of the arrogance and cruelty of power." Robert Jackson