Thank you to @trevornoah
for highlighting truths from @gatherfilm
"The history of post-Contact Euro-centric farming in America is a history of violence started and perpetuated by predominantly white settlers. Now, by “white” we’re not talking phenotype or skin color because there are amazing human beings everywhere, we’re talking psychology. We share this with love.
So, what is this settler mentality? It’s the suppression of the reality that all land in America is stolen inc. the land we farm. When European military and civilian settlers came to Turtle Island, they didn’t see wilderness ripe to tame - they saw money. That money was in the existing farm and land based economies of the indigenous. That money was in the SOIL.
By the mid 1600s when European militaries finally got a foothold on the East Coast, they began stripping that land of Indigenous Peoples and of SOIL value by monocropping tobacco, cotton and other cash crops. Of course, to maximize shareholder value (these were all commercial operations), they brought in slaves who would provide generations of nearly free labor.
The main economic act that sparked the Revolutionary War was the Royal Proclamation of 1763 which forbade American colonists from settling west of Appalachia. Now these colonists were farmers. And these farmers, in just 100 years, had destroyed the fertility of the SOIL and needed new lands.
After Independence, colonists poured into the Northwest Territories, now Indiana and Ohio, and stole active Native farms and lands.
This was part of the rationale for the 2nd Amendment, by the way. In addition to slave patrols throughout the colonies, farmers on the “frontier” needed munitions to keep Natives from trying to reclaim their land.
And so the connection between armaments and farming began - pushing Westward with violence - sometimes led by the military with economic intentions, and sometimes by “settlers” with desire for land. Any wonder why massive machines still roam the plains, plowing up Mother Earth and filling her with deadly pesticides? This is all violence - if not against human beings, then against other living beings”