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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2019 9:28 p.m. PST

…systematic racism in America.

"Ah, the colonial South. Abundant with racism, prejudice, and ignorance, the original colonists were a force of destruction for the American Indians and the lands that they thoughtlessly trampled over. No matter how many villages they pillaged and Native American land that they stole, many of the colonists, particularly those having issues with money, weren't satisfied with the limited land the leaders of the colonies had allowed them to take. So, what did they do? Well, in 1676, a fed-up man named Nathaniel Bacon teamed up with hundreds of P.O.ed colonists… and they burned down Jamestown.

In the late 1600s, most early American colonists/invaders had two thoughts on their minds: making money and stealing land. For the rich settlers, life in early Virginia, the location of the first American colony, was splendid. Those who were rich were loaded enough to build their own plantations and make a hefty fortune off of selling tobacco, allowing them to live concern-free high lives. However, poor people weren't so fortunate. Not only were they unable to pay taxes, vote, or claim their own land; they were also struggling to produce adequate crops and having difficulties keeping their farms afloat. As a result, they decided that an essential change must be made in order to support their futures: an expansion to the Western areas of America. Why did they want more lands to grow crummy crops on? Who knows. However, their push for new lands was loud and constant. The governmental figures of Virginia weren't on board with their plans to ruin the lives of more Native Americans, and they repeatedly shut the dreams of poor Virginians down. However, the governor of colonial Virginia, William Berkeley, didn't know that he would receive far more than he bargained for by telling his people no.

Governor William Berkeley may have been the motivation for a terrifying attack on Jamestown, yet the governor wasn't looking for violence. In fact, Berkeley was motivated by firm yet nearly neutral politics, particularly when it came to keeping the peace between the colonists and the Native Americans surrounding Virginia. That being said, Berkeley was no Saint. He was fiscally selfish and put laws into place that benefited the wealthy in Virginia above the poor. Guess who this pissed off? Every poor guy in the city, and a handful of well-off social justice advocates. One wealthy man who was furious with Berkeley's actions (and lack of action) regarding pillaging new lands was Nathaniel Bacon. Although Bacon was richer than many in Virginia, he thought that Berkeley was vile for creating benefits for the rich and ignoring the wishes of the working class colonists who kept the area afloat. Berkeley became Bacon's enemy, and Bacon began to hatch a plan to trick Berkeley into allowing colonists to thieve new lands from the Native Americans. He accused a tribe near the Virginia border of robbing Virginian crops and harming the colonists, despite no evidence of these attacks ever being prevented. Fortunately, Berkeley didn't find Bacon's word to be enough. He refused to sign off on a military attack against the Native Americans who were trying to survive in peace. Sadly, this didn't stop Bacon and a handful of buddies from murdering a massive amount of Native Americans belonging to two tribes, the Susquehannocks and the Occaneechi. As could be expected, Berkeley was super, super pissed…"
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charared Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 6:59 p.m. PST

Sorry Armand, this is "dawghouse" bait.

Dn Jackson04 Sep 2019 11:45 p.m. PST

What a load of garbage.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2019 12:07 p.m. PST



Katzbalger07 Sep 2019 4:57 a.m. PST

Written by a SJW, and not a very bright one. I suppose one could, through the lens of personal prejudice, make the assumptions made…but when you write things like, "Why did they want more lands to grow crummy crops on? Who knows," maybe you need to re-examine your assumptions.


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