Thoughts on Stan Hoig Mar 11, 2008 11:59:56 GMT -5
Post by strange on Mar 11, 2008 11:59:56 GMT -5
bangagong said:Did Black Kettle personally commit atrocitious?
With that train of thought, you might as well start comparing the Indians to a few biker gangs (as I'm beginning to personally see many of them in that regard aswell). Just think about it, IF your arguments say that Kettle ruled over incorrigible warriors with little acknowledgment of his authority, then he's basically ruling the Hells Angels, or the even Gambino mafia crime families!
Even if he was good, like a little snowflake floating unscathed in the fires of hell, it still stands clear that his underlings WERE NOT. If he was truly the lone saint among a rowdy group of friskies, then he has a choice to leave himself from the tribe and take the better persons with him. The U.S. military cannot be villified if innocents choose the company of bad warriors, they had plenty of time to set themselves apart, and some wiser indians have done this.
But Black Kettle is not one of these snow flake innocents. He never attempted to disassociate himself with the "wayward tribesman" that historians say he had no control over. He was not overtly "at war" because he probably did not have passion like Crazy Horse would, to AT LEAST put his balls in the wind (pardon my french).
Instead, BlackKettle appears to have just kept all of his options open, good or bad, so that he could slither any whichway and be protected at any outcome. Its very fitting that he was one of the first major chieftans to die.
With Indians, there are good, there are bad, and there are also those who simply don't distinguish one from the other. There are many great Indians that will die with bad ones, over the foolish reasons such as defending the wrong doers in their transgressions or simply being associated with such devils.
And it goes with plenty of other cultures too, huge penalties for being associated with transgressors.