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This is not related to the current readings of our class, but I pulled this excerpt from a reading from my Literary Theory class because I think that it relates to the genocide and stealing committed against the indigenous people of North America. I don’t know if anyone is familiar with Jean Baudrillard’s work, “The Precession of Simulacra,” but if you do you know that Baudrillard believes that the symbols and images created by society have created a “hyperreal” world for which people inhabit today and we are unable to identify with any sort of authentic state of reality because we are bombarded by images that create reality for us (the media). In another case, when the Europeans began colonizing North America, they encountered a race unknown to them and could not identify with their culture. Therefore, they killed them because they were afraid or because of manifest destiny or what have you, but bottom line people were exterminated and they are still oppressed today as we are
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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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