L.Frank Baum – A man remembered for a prodigious literary output-among them and the one most are familiar with is the Wizard of Oz.
A book that has been through numerous editions selling untold copies as well as being made into a major motion picture starring Judy Garland. It is a likable movie and children of all ages seem to enjoy it.
Baum is considered a visionary of sorts in having predicted such modern day appliances as television, cell phones, and even laptop computers.
But there is another side to Baum that isn’t as well known-a side exposed in articles he wrote for the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer in 1890 -articles that called for “the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians”.
Total annihilation includes children -and this from a man noted for writing children’s stories.
Baum went on to say as though providing a logic for his position that “frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are. History would forget these latter despicable beings, and speak, in latter ages of the glory of these grand Kings of forest and plain that Cooper loved to heroize.”
Interesting to me that Baum would employ words like glory and despicable in the same breath-interesting as well that he attempts to cloak this as compassionate and well intended.
The history of America has been whitewashed in large degree to avoid having to confront the words of people like Baum -to glorify a president like Lincoln who authored the largest mass government execution in this nations history-an execution that involved 38 indigenous men and but for fear of a national and global outcry would have been in excess of 200.
It is the history of events like these that when the Bubbas and redneck/patriots talk about go back where you came from it clearly illustrates their flag draped, they can have my gun when they pry it from my cold dead hands ignorance.
Lincoln advocated for sending the black population of his time to places like Liberia and Guyana -people should be advocating for the Bubbas and redneck/patriots to be sent somewhere now.