My husband looked up from the computer with awe in his voice, “It is still happening,” he said. “All that stuff you write about is still happening, isn’t it?”
He was reading a comment on a local newspaper site responding to the recent arrest of a former Hoopa Tribal Chairman . “Anti Indianscum” was upset that he has to live “near those bunches of bum Indian methheads, Indian thieves, and murderers,” and asserted that “we should annihilate them for good. There no good, or functioning so eliminate them.” (the misspellings are the author’s).
I would like to think that Anti-Indian is all alone in his prejudice, but other posters shared his hateful sentiments.
My husband was right. “Anti Indianscum” bears a striking resemblance to E.L. Davis, who, in 1860, wrote to the state governor complaining about the local Indians. He stated very clearly his desire to “exterminate the Indians from the face of the earth as far as this county is concerned.” Davis lived in Hydesville and was upset because he believed the local natives were killing his cattle.
Perhaps Anti-Indian is a Davis descendant. Perhaps he is our neighbor. I would like to believe that this county’s ugly history is far behind us, but Anti-Indian reminds me it isn’t. Our history is ancient past, and today’s news. Many of our local landmarks are named after serial killers and our small town blocks are lined with quaint historic homes where indentured Indian servants once lived as slaves. Many of us pass the site of a bloody massacre on our way to work and share offices with Anti Indianscum .
We have much to learn…