In the article about the study called for by Congress on the Cherokee Indians' Trail of Tears (Nov. 25), Republican Rep. Zach Wamp refers to the uprooting of Cherokee Indians from their homes and the looting of their property by the American government and its citizens as a "mistake," just as slavery was a "mistake."
Spelling the word "cat" with a "k" is a mistake, but driving Native Americans from their lands, slavery, the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, as well as what is going on in Darfur today are not "mistakes." They are abominations, crimes against humanity.
Americans are never going to understand their own history as long as politicians like Rep. Wamp continue to linguistically sanitize it.
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