Unformatted text preview: learning in class. Baudrillard said, “We are fascinated by Rameses as Renaissance Christians were by the American Indians: those (human?) being how had never known the word of Christ. Thus, at the beginning of colonization, there was a moment of stupor and amazement before the very possibility of escaping the universal law of the Gospel. There were two possible responses: either to admit that this law was not universal, or to exterminate the Indians so as to remove the evidence. In general, it was enough to convert them, or even simply to discover them, to ensure their slow extermination.” Baudrillard’s argument is that the people the Europeans encountered were not like anything they had seen before. They refused to believe that any sort of harmonious relationship could come from believing in different things, so they were “forced” to ensure their slow extermination....
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- Fall '06
- Colonialism, Native Americans in the United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Hyperreality