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A Peek At The Looking Glass

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Anglo Saxon Europeans came across the Atlantic Ocean in search of sanctuary from total authoritarianism. They sought freedom to live life, as they wanted, free from slavery, freedom of religion, and freedom from taxation on all of their hard-earned property. Somewhere in their being, knowledge burned with a certain sense of their equality to all other men and they yearned for this equality. They had knowledge of the "New World" across the ocean where they could attain this freedom. This New World was a symbol of freedom and the Europeans had plenty of hopes and dreams to achieve; however, there was a slight problem with the New World. This New World was not new, but rather an old world with ...view middle of the document...

Apess' essay showed that claiming Christianity and yet showing bias and distinguishing between races is not biblical. Apess was a Methodist preacher and spoke on Christian principles with a level of expertise. His essay starts as a greeting to his fellow men as well as God in which he refers to as "the maker and preserver both of the white man and the Indian [...] who will show no favor to outward appearances but will judge righteousness" (Calloway, 2012, p. 317). God will judge righteousness and sadly, in this period of history there was very little to be found. Apess puts the duty of judgment into the "maker's" hand. He is not in pursuit of vengeance or judgment, just offering a biblical perspective. He then goes on to ask if it is proper to hold and promote prejudices. Genesis chapter one, verse 26 of the bible states that God created all men in the likeness of him and in him is no distinction of race or skin color (Houdmann, n.d.). Again, Apess approached this question from a biblical standpoint in which the answer to his question is a resounding no. If God makes no distinction then man should not either. In fact, the book of James in the bible states that those who show discrimination have "made themselves judges with evil thoughts" (Houdmann, n.d., para. 2). Promote prejudice is exactly what the Europeans did by way of stripping the Indians of their God given rights to freedom, the right to autonomy and silencing their voice based upon the color of their skin equating them to a less than human standing in this new society.
Apess does not excuse his fellow men, both red and white, from being ignorant of the situation, but instead invites them to look deeper into the situation many Indians found themselves. He extends an invitation to look at the various reservations, the small portion of land that the government "allowed" these dehumanized beings to live. With few exceptions, the reservations in the New England states were full of starving half-naked children,...

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