I do think that the American government has not taken responsibilities for their actions against the Native Americans. The Germans admit to the Holocaust yet America cannot admit to the genocide committed against the people of this land. Even if one argues, that this started before the actual birth of America... I argue that the American government sent their soldiers out to kill/imprison men, women, children, the elderly, etc.
Europeans still write our history. In fact, most Americans think all Native Americans are related and all live in teepees (speaking from personal experience). Each tribe is so very beautiful and different, rich in culture (what has been left after assimilation). I mean how many people celebrate Thanksgiving?! I mean... they got together and had a dinner to celebrate each others company... seriously?! Even if that did happen, what was a good gesture on the part of the Native population, only led to their demise. (Many Natives believe that the Thanksgiving dinner story... is exactly that... a story... make believe) To me, celebrating Thanksgiving would be the equivalent of celebrating the first day of slavery... Anyone want to help with those festivities?! oh wait!! That would be wrong... cause you can only do that to the 'invisible minority' aka Native Americans.
With that being said, I would encourage everyone, Native or not, to learn Native culture... it's very beautiful and kind.
Now... the man who asked for beer... probably Irish... I heard a story once in Ireland that Brendan built a boat and sailed to America... being the first European to land there... which would support the beer inquiry *wink*
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