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© Matt Bors

In some cases, even a 500 year attention span is too short.



  1. Richard wrote:


    Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink
  2. No sources to cite, but a friend was telling me about some things he’d read, about how the natives that we normally think of – the ones the colonies dealt with – were the remnants of a once much greater civilization that was wiped out by foreign disease; the post-apocalypse “crazies” who survived and socially devolved as a result of the collapse.

    Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
  3. ThatGuy wrote:

    CGE: I don’t recall hearing that the remaining Native Americans/American Indians were “crazies” but I believe what your friend means is that there were much larger tribes of people who existed before the Spanish initially showed up and introduced European diseases. The theory that Vikings may have been the first to land in the Americas would move the start date of that disastrous plague further back in time, but overall if I remember my American History correctly, European diseases did far more damage to indigenous Americans throughout the two continents before Europeans explored very thoroughly.

    Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    The native species of human on the island that is now Cuba were completely wiped out, mostly from disease but also from dedicated slaughter by the Spanish.

    Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Permalink
  5. starluna wrote:

    This cartoon raises a really interesting question for me. Prior to the early 20th century, there were certain European groups (e.g. Irish, Southern Italians, Eastern European Jews, etc) who were not considered white. Pre-1924 migration of these groups were massive relative to the size of the population. These groups also had a much higher birth rate than native born white population.

    It would be interesting to know if births to these used-to-be-non-white groups were ever higher than native-born-always-had-been-white groups at any point during this time period. Given the ever changing definition of “white” in the US, it is possible that there was another time in “American” history that non-white births exceeded white births.

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:17 am | Permalink
  6. Iron Knee wrote:

    I guess racism has evolved! 🙁

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink
  7. starluna wrote:

    That racism can, has, and does change is one of the most important lessons I try to get across to my students. You might be the targeted group today. But you might be the dominating group tomorrow. Unless we change the way we look at the other people.

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink