PressTV: Discovery Doctrine: Cornerstone of racist US policy toward Native Americans

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Native Americans today suffer just as they did 100 or 500 years ago, writes King.

Native Americans today suffer just as they did 100 or 500 years ago, writes King.

The “Doctrine of Discovery” is a cornerstone of US federal Indian law, and yet this ancient legal paper, written in 1823, stands in utter contradiction to the documents – and even more, the very ideas – involved in the creation of the United States.

In claiming that White Christians from Europe are entitled to full control of native land, the doctrine also directly conflicts with the principles of our modern world. Even more alarmingly, the Discovery Doctrine flies in the face of international law. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, developed and conceived in the years following the Holocaust, soundly trumps the Doctrine of Discovery.

Growing up as young Americans, our tender curious brains are deceivingly saturated with lessons about the greatness of discovery. We digest the…

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